Cyril, who graduated with his Bachelor of Business degree in 2015, began volunteering for the Special Olympics as part of his high school’s Interact Club. Originally helping keep score for the bowling team, Cyril now serves as a coach for Nova Scotia’s speed skating team. In Austria, Cyril will represent as Associate Coach to 10 speed skaters on Team Canada, including one of his own athletes from Team Nova Scotia.
The Special Olympics World Winter Games will take place in several Austrian cities from March 14-25, 2017, and will include over 3,000 athletes from 110 countries, competing in 8 disciplines. Cyril will be joining 150 others on Team Canada, which is made up of 110 athletes, 35 mission staff and coaches, 2 team managers and 1 Chef de Mission.
Team Canada will be in Austria for two weeks, with four days prior to the Games to rid of jet-lag, explore, and to put in some training time. Cyril, who travelled to the 2014 Canada Games in Vancouver, says he is excited to see the production that is the World Winter Games, as well as the athletes they will bring. “When I was in Vancouver the opening ceremonies were amazing and we got to meet world-famous athletes like Jake Gardiner, of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Special Olympics does an incredible job at making this the most unforgettable moment for all the athletes.”
Cyril has just recently returned from Toronto, where Team Canada’s speed skaters had their first training camp, and says, “This was an amazing few days. The athletes and coaches participated in on ice training, mental health training, strength and conditioning, and fitness training. It was a great opportunity for me to get to know all the athletes and coaching staff!”
Special Olympics aims to improve the lives of those with intellectual disability through sport. To learn more about the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 visit http://www.austria2017.org.
Good luck Cyril and Team Canada!