Cheer on our floor hockey team when they shoot for Gold in Austria this year.
Adam, having been to two previous World Games is excited about heading to Austria. In addition to enjoying floor hockey with his teammates, Adam enjoys walking his dog, running and playing video games. He credits Special Olympics with allowing him to meet new people and make new friends. He is excited to go to Austria and perform on the world stage.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Having a blast with the team.”
About to embark on his first World Games experience Adam is excited to represent Canada on the world stage. Currently employed at the Winnipeg Airport as a ramp agent, Adam is extremely proud of being chosen for Team Canada. Special Olympics has helped Adam to meet new people, and he’s excited to see what Austria has in store.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Keep Canada’s medal count up.”
Andrew, an employee for the City of Guelph, has been involved with Special Olympics for 13 years. He’s most proud of being able to compete in Austria alongside his dad and floor hockey teammate, Paul McTaggart. Andrew credits Special Olympics with allowing him to meet new people and be able to travel places he’s never been, like Austria. In his spare time, he loves to fish and go ghost hunting!
Goal for Austria 2017: “Win gold and have fun!”
Ben Tinholt has been a longstanding Special Olympics athlete. For the past 19 years, Ben has been involved with basketball in addition to floor hockey. He previously attended the 2009 World Games for floor hockey. He is excited to go to Austria, a place he’s never been before, and is looking forward to meeting new people. In his spare time, he loves to watch sports and play ice hockey.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Gold medal!”
Chris is about to embark on his first World Games for floor hockey and is thrilled at the prospect. He is extremely proud to be attending the Games to represent his country. Special Olympics has made Chris a better person in his community. When he retires from playing sports with Special Olympics, Chris would love to become a mentor and help his fellow athletes. When he’s not playing sports, Chris enjoys reading, listening to music, wrestling and riding his bike.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Play well for Canada and make my country proud!”
Dan, a 26-year veteran of Special Olympics programs, hails from Guelph, Ontario. The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be his second, having first attended for floor hockey in 2009. One of Dan’s greatest accomplishments in life so far is being married for 9-years. He loves Special Olympics because it allows him to meet new friends. In his spare time, Dan enjoys going for walks, listening to music and watching tv.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Have fun!”
Daniel has been involved with Special Olympics for 10 years and his excited to be going to his first World Games for floor hockey. He’s greatest accomplishments so far are having a daughter and his involvement with Special Olympics. Daniel is looking forward to attending World Games to meet new people and travel to a new place. In his spare time, Daniel loves to go camping, cook, work and spend time with his family.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Have fun and to meet new people!”
David, a 13-year veteran of Special Olympics programs, is happy that Special Olympics has given him the ability to make great friends. David notes that attending the World Games with his floor hockey teammates is a dream and he’s proud of himself and his fellow athletes.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Gold medal!”
Dean has been involved with Special Olympics for 26 years. In addition to his passion for floor hockey, Dean bowls and plays soccer and softball as well. Dean is most proud of himself for winning gold at a previous World Games in 2013 and securing and maintaining his full time job. Dean credits Special Olympics with allowing him to meet new friends and get better at floor hockey. He is extremely proud of himself and excited, as not too many people get to go to World Games.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Winning another gold medal and meeting new friends.”
Doug has been involved with Special Olympics for 25-years and is excited to compete in floor hockey in Austria. One of his greatest accomplishments in his life so far has been winning the gold medal at the Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. When he’s not playing floor hockey, Doug enjoys watching TV and spending time on the computer.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Win gold!”
Elijah, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been participating in Special Olympics programs for the past 6 years. In addition to floor hockey, Elijah plays basketball and was thrilled when he was selected to play at the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games in BC. He loves Special Olympics because it allows him to meet new friends, see cities across Canada and throughout the world. When not playing floor hockey, Elijah loves to be outdoors.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Winning a medal.”
Elijah has been involved with Special Olympics for 10 years and hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba. In addition to floor hockey, Elijah plays basketball and softball and he skis and powerlifts. Special Olympics has made a huge impact on Elijah’s life, allowing him to meet new people and give him a boost in confidence, learning new skills along the way. Attending the World Games in Austria gives Elijah a chance to travel, compete, meet new friends and to represent Canada!
James hails from London, Ontario and he has been involved with Special Olympics for 14 years. In addition to floor hockey, James plays softball and powerlifts with Special Olympics. James currently works at the University of Western Ontario book store. He credits Special Olympics with allowing him to make new friends and is very excited to go to Austria.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Work hard and have fun!”
Hailing from Guelph, Ontario, Jeff Tromp has been involved with Special Olympics for 30 years. Previously attending World Games in 2013 and 2009, Jeff is an avid floor hockey fan. He loves that Special Olympics allows him to meet new friends and be able to socialize. He is proud to represent Canada on the world stage and can’t wait to compete.
Goal for Austria 2017: “To be the best player that I can be, and to be the best goaltender I can be.”
Saskatchewan resident Kyle has been involved with Special Olympics for 7 years. In addition to floor hockey, he participates in softball and soccer. Special Olympics has positively impacted Kyle’s life by allowing him to make friends easier and giving him a sense of accomplishment. In his free time, Kyle enjoys watching sports and hanging out with his friends.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Winning Gold!”
Kyrren hails from Regina, Saskatchewan and is excited to embark on his World Games journey alongside his coach and dad, Sheldon Dean. When he’s not playing floor hockey, Kyrren loves to play video games and spend as much time outside as he can. Special Olympics has helped Kyrren to become a better goalie and person.
Goal for Austria 2017: “To win a gold medal and be the best goalie.”
Special Olympics has been a positive addition to Lee’s life, allowing him to feel better about himself. He will be embarking on his second World Games experience, having first experienced the Games in 2013 in South Korea. Lee is an employee at the Safeway in Saskatoon and loves to play recreation hockey, hang out with friends and family and be outdoors.
Goal for Austria 2017: “No negative back talk between coaches and teammates.”
Mark has been involved with Special Olympics programs for 23 years. In addition to floor hockey, Mark plays golf, softball, basketball, bowling and he powerlifts. Attending his second World Games is a dream come true for Mark, and it’s one of his greatest accomplishments so far. He says Special Olympics has allowed him to meet new people and have fun.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Just have fun!”
Matthew Haddad is the brother and son of floor hockey teammates Tyler and Shane, respectively. Matthew is extremely proud to make it to the World Games and be named to Team Canada. Special Olympics has taught him how to be a team player and to do his best. He is proud to support the rest of Team Canada on their journeys to Austria as well. Matthew enjoys both watching and playing all sorts of sports in his spare time.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Winning a gold and having the time of our lives.”
Michael is excited to attend his second World Games for floor hockey, having previously competed in 2013. His involvement with Special Olympics for the past 22-years has allowed Michael to meet new people and to compete at a higher level. In his spare time he loves to watch and play all kinds of sports.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Get along with coaches and teammates.”
A 30+ year veteran of Special Olympics programs, Patric is most proud of his 3 national championships for floor hockey and being named to Team Canada going to Austria in 2017. Special Olympics has allowed Patric to change his life for the better, it helps him get out, meet new friends and try different things. He is extremely proud to be going to Austria, where he will represent his country alongside his floor hockey team mates.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Having fun with my teammates.”
Paul McTaggart has been involved with Special Olympics for 20 years and has since encouraged his son to become an active participant in Special Olympics programs. Having attended 2 previous World Games, Paul is excited to be attending his third and thrilled to be going alongside his son and floor hockey teammate, Andrew. Paul credits Special Olympics with allowing him to meet new people, changing his life for the better.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Win gold.”
Robbie, a 40-year veteran of the Special Olympics Movement is excited to be heading to Austria with his fellow floor hockey teammates. Robbie is proud of himself for winning a gold medal at the Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. Special Olympics has allowed him to meet new people, make new friends and accomplish goals. Robbie loves to swim, run, bowl and bike in his spare time.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Winning gold!”
Ryan has been involved with Special Olympics for the past 25 years in a multitude of sports including basketball, soccer, softball and floor hockey. Heading to World Games with his floor hockey team is a dream come true for Ryan. Special Olympics has changed his life for the better, allowed him to meet new friends. Ryan says attending World Games is “really awesome.”
Goal for Austria 2017: “Travel around”
Shane Haddad, patriarch of the Haddad family is thrilled and excited to be going to World Games alongside his two sons. His 35-year involvement has allowed him to play basketball, softball and to bowl in addition to his love of floor hockey. Shane’s greatest accomplishments are his Diamond Jubilee Award and his Saskatchewan Centennial Award. Shane, an avid sports fan, has been a Roughriders ticket holder for the past 44 years.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Meet new friends, have fun and practice to be perfect.”
Stephen, hailing from Brantford, Ontario, has been involved in Special Olympics for 18 years and has been to one previous World Games in 2009. He says his greatest accomplishment has been qualifying for the World Games to go to Austria. Stephen says Special Olympics has changed his life because he gets to meet so many new people and have fun.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Have fun!”
Tyler Haddad, brother and son of floor hockey teammates Matthew and Shane, respectively, has been involved with Special Olympics for 10+ years. Tyler’s greatest accomplishment has been his beautiful little girl, Rylie who is 5-years old. Special Olympics has allowed Tyler to travel and experience different floor hockey tournaments and Games. He is honoured to be named to Team Canada.
Goal for Austria 2017: “To have fun! I’m looking forward to my first international competition.”
Zane, a resident from Regina, Saskatchewan has been involved with Special Olympics for 9 years. In addition to his love of floor hockey, Zane participates in soccer and bowling. Zane says Special Olympics has changed him a lot, helped him improve both his athletic and social skills, and have helped him to become a better team leader. He is excited to go to Austria and see a different part of the world he hasn’t experienced yet.
Goal for Austria 2017: “Winning another gold medal, working with my teammates and coaches and accomplish all of my goals.”
Mark first became involved with Special Olympics through chance, seeing a newspaper clipping. 15-years later, Mark still remembers the first night of his Special Olympics coaching career vividly. He was amazed at the talent level, how hard the athletes competed and how welcoming everyone was. He has been fortunate to coach in multiple Regional, Provincial and National Games. Special Olympics has shown him the value of sport and how it enriches the lives of the athletes. This will be the first World Games that he has participated in. He is looking forward to travelling to a different country and meeting athletes and coaches from around the world but most of all doing all of that as a member of Team Canada.
Goal for Austria 2017: My goal as a Floor Hockey Coach is to ensure that all of our athletes perform at their best but most of all to encourage them to enjoy the experience of a life time.
Ryan has been coaching in Special Olympics for 4 years. He decided to get involved with Special Olympics when his daughter was diagnosed with Down Syndrome in order to help make the lives of people with disabilities more meaningful and successful. Seeing that he has made a small difference in many of the athletes he has been involved with makes him feel that all the time he has donated has been worth it. This is Ryan’s first world games and he looks forward to experiencing the competition, friendships, and accomplishments. He is most importantly looking forward to representing his country on the world stage with his wonderful team.
Goal for Austria 2017: My goal for these games is to walk away knowing everyone put their best effort forward. I am hoping to see an improvement physically, emotionally and mentally in myself, the coaching staff and all players. I want for our team to be proud to be representing their country and proud to show their talents to the rest of the world.
Abigail comes from a household that has been involved with Special Olympics since before she was born. Abigail’s parents and older siblings inspired her to start coaching with Special Olympics. She saw the determination of the athletes and fell in love with the mission of the organization from an early age. She’s officially been coaching for 4 years now and this is her very first World Games. She can’t even express how excited she is! She’s looking forward to meeting people from other countries and watching the athletes that she coaches wear that maple leaf loud and proud!
Goal for Austria 2017: My goal is to represent the country well by maintaining high standards in my appearance, attitude, and interactions with others. Also helping my athletes to do their best in a positive manner.
Paul has been involved with Special Olympics for 36 years. He has coached softball and floor hockey for many of those years. Floor Hockey is his first love and he has attended numerous Provincial Games. He has been fortunate to attend National Games in Ottawa in 2000, Quebec City in 2008, Alberta in 2012 and Newfoundland in 2016. The Bunsmaster Rollers Floor Hockey team attended the World Games in Boise in 2009. That was a great experience for all and the team came home with a Silver Medal. Over the years Paul has built many lasting relationships with the local athletes; as well as athletes and coaches from all over Ontario and he love to see them and visit at any competitions he attends.
Goal for Austria 2017: My goal as a Floor Hockey Coach is to ensure that the athletes can do the best they can in competition as well as enjoying the experience of being far from home.
Ron has been a volunteer with Special Olympics for fifteen years and was recently awarded the volunteer of the year award by the Peterborough Special Olympics Community Council. This will be Ron’s second World Games. He was part of the coaching staff for the floor hockey team that attended the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho. Ron, a father of three and a grandfather of two, has been married for 35 years. He is semi-retired as a Child and Youth Worker.
Goal for Austria 2017: My goal for the games is to ensure all the athletes have the opportunity to have a positive experience Win or Lose.
Sheldon has been with Special Olympics now for 4 years. He has been involved as a floor hockey coach every year and has also spent a season coaching basketball. He has enjoyed his years with Special Olympics so much. Each year keeps getting better and better, and getting to know the athletes more and more has been a tremendous blessing. Their dedication to practice and their desire to work hard is commendable. He has loved how the competitions are more about doing their personal best then about winning. And win or lose there are smiles on the athlete’s faces. This was Sheldon’s first year at a National Games as a coach and will also be his first year at a World Games. He is hoping his players can have a repeat performance and come home with a gold medal around their necks. But even if they don’t, they are still champions in his eyes.
Goal for Austria 2017: My goal is for everyone involved from players, to coaches, to mission staff to enjoy themselves both at the event and when away from the sport venues. To build a lifelong memory and be a part of this amazing experience with everyone.