Five students from Humber’s Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program will be competing in the Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games from July 13 to 16.
Humber students Taylor Arbeau, Jordan Bahen, Carter Crawford, Kristen Domingues and Adrian Ward will be participating in the softball and athletics games with more than 750 other athletes and their coaches.
Bahen explains that she trains year-round to qualify and has received medals in previous games.
“I won three gold, two silver and a bronze medal in 2013 Summer Provincial Games for track and field. Because of those results, I had the honour of attending the 2014 National Games in Vancouver. I came home with two more gold medals and one silver.”
The Special Olympics has become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports. Peel Regional Police will be sponsoring the games, offering a unique opportunity for athletes to develop skills, build friendships and have fun.
Rosanna To, program coordinator of CICE, says she is thrilled to see students qualify for the summer games.
The Humber CICE program sees 10 students participate in the Special Olympics each year. Program graduates also speak at different school events and as international spokespeople to share their own experiences and encourage athletes to participate.
“We know how much work the students put into Special Olympics as well as the CICE program and so to know that their hard work is paying off is very rewarding to hear,” To says.
CICE is the first college program of its kind in Ontario and allows adult students with developmental disabilities to explore different areas of studies. Students can study Journalism, Landscape Technician, Police Foundations, Business as well as learn and practice skills that promote independence.