TRENT EXCALIBUR HOST SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPORTS FESTIVAL
Over 150 Youth Attend The First Special Olympics Physical Activity & Healthy Living (PAHL) Sports Festival in Peterborough
Friday, January 27, 2017, Peterborough
The Trent Excalibur, in partnership with Special Olympics Ontario welcomed over 150 local youth to the Trent Athletics Centre for a fantastic day of sport activities. The PAHL Sports Festival is designed to introduce members of the local school community to Special Olympics programming. Throughout the day students are encouraged to explore different sport and skill options while also having fun!
This was the first event of its kind for the Peterborough area, and sometimes anticipating and estimating the response can be difficult. “This was the first event we had run in Peterborough, and so at first we expected between 60-70 participants” said event coordinator Josh Budish, Program Developer with Special Olympics Ontario. “We were very excited when the calls and registrations kept coming in. We knew we had a strong community in Peterborough, but this has been fantastic”.
From the perspective of the Excalibur, the event was just one way that they could give back to the community. Alex Bridal, Athlete Development Coordinator with the Department of Athletics & Recreation at Trent was very happy with the turnout as well. “With many of our varsity sports wrapped up for the year, this was an opportunity to keep our varsity athletes engaged with the Peterborough community…and in the end I am not sure who had more fun; our varsity athletes or the youth from the local schools.”
After the event, Mr. Bridal and Mr. Budish both expressed their interest in continuing and building the relationship between the Trent Excalibur Special Olympics in the future.