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Waterloo region to host 2020 Special Olympics provincial spring games

Waterloo region will host five sports in May 2020 for the Special Olympics provincial spring games, it was announced Friday.

Hosting games close to home is great for athletes, says Melissa Heubner

Waterloo Regional Police Services Chief Bryan Larkin announces the region will host the 2020 Special Olympics provincial spring games Friday morning at police headquarters. (@WRPSToday/Twitter)

Waterloo region will play host to the 2020 Special Olympics provincial spring games.

Waterloo Region Police Service Chief Bryan Larkin made the announcement Friday morning at police headquarters. The games will be held May 28 to 31 and will include five sports: rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, basketball, bowling and swimming.

"By hosting the Special Olympics, we're giving our community the chance to join in this incredible movement," Larkin said during the announcement. "Everybody will get to see firsthand that being a champion is more about spirit than it is about strength or body."

Melissa Heubner of Cambridge is a 25-year athlete and has won 20 medals. 

"To have the spring games in our hometown is exciting for our athletes. We train and we work hard to get to the games, but our families and friends who support us cannot always be there to watch us compete," she said.

"Now, they will have the opportunity to come out and cheer us on. They will be part of all the excitement."

Larkin also encouraged people to volunteer for the games.

"It will change your life for the better. It will transform you and quite frankly, your heart will melt with these incredible people," he said.

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