Special Olympics Manitoba games kick off in Winnipeg

Special Olympics athletes from all over Manitoba competed Saturday in Winnipeg on Saturday.

150 athletes faced off in 4 events at the 34th Kinsmen Winnipeg Winter Games

Special Olympics athletes from all over Manitoba competed in Winnipeg on Saturday.

Around 150 athletes faced off in four winter events at the 34th annual Kinsmen Winnipeg Winter Games.

Figure skaters, floor hockey, speed skating and snowshoeing events were held at St. John’s Ravenscourt School. And, though the events were competitive, organizers stressed that the main focus of the games was to have a good time.

“Enriching the lives of Mantiobans living with an intellectual disability through active participation in sport is really what Special Olympics Manitoba is all about,” said spokesperson Stephen Drager.

For 30 years, Special Olympics Manitoba has engaged thousands of persons with a mental disability across the province though sport.

Athletes with an intellectual disability over the age of two are trained through programs and competitions.

The athletes are grouped according to their skill level allowing everyone the opportunity to participate, compete and win at every level.

"It's going to be hard not to smile. It's really a fun time to come to our events. It's really a feel-good thing to come watch," said Drager