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Athlete of the Month - January


Paige Norton





When and how did you get involved with Special Olympics?

I started Special Olympics when I was 10 years old in the swimming program.

What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Speed skating, basketball, softball, soccer, golf, track and field, swimming, and Club Fit.

What is your favourite Special Olympics experience to date?

My favourite Special Olympics experience to date is 2009 at the World Games in Boise. My grandma travelled from Winnipeg and saw me skate for the very first time.

What would you tell someone about Special Olympics to encourage them to get involved?

I would tell them it's really fun, you make a lot of new friends and the dances are amazing!

Please tell us a little bit more about yourself! What else would you like people to know about you?

I live with my parents and have two amazing older brothers. I love Disneyland, roller coasters, travelling, animals, and my iPhone! I love sports and being part of Special Olympics. I am an athlete speaker and like giving speeches. I belong to a community day program but my dream job is being a model!

What is one word you would use to describe yourself?

Fearless






Special Olympics Logo The organization provides a variety of sports and youth programs, giving athletes the chance to gain sport skills and improve their health while enjoying training that could take them to competitions at local, regional, national and international levels. But the benefits from Special Olympics BC programs go well beyond the basics: athletes experience joy and acceptance, cultivate friendships and self-confidence, and feel empowered to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

As well, a network of thousands of coaches and fans share a unique experience and sense of community in supporting, cheering on and learning from the athletes they work with.