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Chris Probst, Games Manager

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 2016 Provincial Spring Games Training Squad

To view the full list of athlete participants, please click here.

Coming to the Games?

Our goal this week-end is to have Fans in Stands! Here’s what you need to know.

Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run, Johnston Green to Sleeman Centre, 5:45 pm departure

Approximately 150 runners will leave Johnston Green by police escort to bring the Special Olympics flame to the Opening Ceremonies. Cheer on the athletes and police officers along Gordon St, Paisley Rd., through Downtown Guelph and up Macdonell St. ending at The Co-operators (a twenty-year sponsor of the Torch Run).

Opening Ceremonies, Thursday May 26, Sleeman Centre, 7:30 pm (PRIVATE EVENT)

This is the only private event of the Games with 2,700 seats reserved for athletes’ friends & family, VIPs and sponsors, Adopt an Athlete sponsors, local Special Olympics participants and volunteers. Wristbands are required for access and are not available for purchase.

Friday and Saturday Competitions

Everyone is welcome and admission is free. The complete schedule and information on venues is available under the Schedule page.

Basketball division games take place on Thursday. More information will be posted on Friday morning.

5-pin bowlers will compete in two groups due to the number of competitors. On Friday morning, the results form will be posted to give you an idea of when teams will be competing.

If you attend rhythmic gymnastics or basketball on Friday, please consider carpooling or be prepared to park offsite and enjoy a nice walk. School parking lots are expected to be full on Friday.

Closing Ceremonies, Saturday May 28, Sleeman Centre, 7:30

Everyone is welcome to attend closing ceremonies to see the passing of the Special Olympics flag to the next community to host provincial games. Admission is free and no passes are required.






Please Note – registration for friends and family will take place on May 26th from 2 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. at the Old Quebec Street Mall, 55 Wyndham Street North, Guelph (follow the Special Olympics signage).  You will receive a welcome package and all the necessary information you will need to enjoy your stay in Guelph, along with information regarding Opening Ceremonies and the games in general.  Take some time to browse and enjoy downtown Guelph and all that it has to offer! 

We invite you to check back with us soon for special offers and promotions for friends & family!






On behalf of the men and women of the Guelph Police Service, we are very pleased and honoured to be hosting the Special Olympics Ontario 2016 Provincial Spring Games, May 26-28 in the City of Guelph.

The 2016 Spring Games will be one of the largest Special Olympics Provincial Games ever held in Ontario. With 6 sports and over 900 athletes, coaches and team delegates, it will be an event to remember. Over 500 parents and guests are expected and other visitors will create a great atmosphere for everyone.

Police Services and Agencies across Ontario are extremely proud of the partnership we have with Special Olympics.  The very first Provincial Games to be hosted by a Police Service was back in 1996 when Cornwall Community Police Service hosted the Spring Games.  20 years later, it’s now our turn to shine … look how far we’ve come!  Special Olympics has grown by leaps and bounds since 1996. The City of Guelph is very excited and ready to embrace this event, giving us an opportunity to showcase our community spirit and sense of pride.

We look forward to welcoming the athletes and their families to the City of Guelph.  The motto for the Games is “Believe and Achieve”.  This speaks volumes to what can be accomplished, and emanates the overall spirit of the Games.








Guelph Welcomes the 2016 Special Olympics Ontario

Spring Games


Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Saturday, May 28, 2016

The city of Guelph has officially received the torch and has been given the opportunity to host the 2016 Spring Games. These games will be one of the largest Special Olympics Provincial Games ever held in Ontario. With six sports and over 900 athletes, coaches and team delegates, it will be an event to remember.


Swimming, powerlifting, basketball, rhythmic dance as well as 5 and 10 pin bowling will provide Guelph with an entertaining few days of athletic competition. The University of Guelph will be hosting many of the athletic events as well as providing accomodations for the athletes.


As the official coordinators of the games, the Guelph Police Service is asking the Guelph Community to support us in our fundraising initiatives and to have you sign up to be a volunteer for the games themselves. Together, we can make this Spring Games the best that Ontario has ever seen; let's make it fantastic.































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