The Ontario Special Olympic Summer Games are being hosted in York Region this week.
Our area will be represented by almost 50 athletes and more than a dozen coaches competing in a variety of events Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Among the entries from Region 4 will be a soccer team from Owen Sound, a softball team based out of Hanover and a variety of athletes competing in gymnastics and in Track & Field.
Region 4 Coach Dianne Speed admits the process of qualifying and preparing for the Summer Games is exciting.
Speed says by the time the Region 4 team departs on Thursday at 7 AM, the athletes will be at a sky high level emotionally.
The excitement is heightened by the treatment the athletes receive at their lodging and through activities like the " lighting of the torch " which mirrors the Olympic act.
Speed says Owen Sound's Soccer team is looking good and are ranked as a " C " team.
Plus, based on their preparation, Speed anticipates great results in track and field, especially in the high jump.