Sault to host 2019 Ontario Special Winter Olympics


Tourism Sault Ste. Marie along with local police announced another major event to be hosted in Sault Ste. Marie.

The city will play host to the 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Games that is expected to inject $1 million into the community.

The announcement was made today at the Essar Centre

Involving hundreds of participating athletes from across the province, the 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Winter Games were bid on by Sault Police Services, in partnership with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie. The Sault last hosted the games in 2001 and based on the success of those games , officials were eager to return the games to the Sault, Ian McMillian CEO of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie told a large crowd.

Glenn MacDonald, President and CEO of Special Olympics Ontario

“we are extremely proud and excited to to once again be working with Sault Police Services and Tourism Sault Ste. Marie in hosting the 2019 Provincial Winter Games” said Glenn MacDonald, President and CEO of Special Olympics Ontario.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our community”, said McMillian “Our city has top-notch recreation and accommodation venues, and we look forward to showcasing these facilities while welcoming visitors from across Ontario”

The games includes such sports as Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating and Speed Skating  along with Curling and will utilize such venues as the John Rhodes Centre, The Northern Community Centre, Essar Centre and Searchmont Resort.

The Games will be staged January 31 to February 3, 2019.