June 19, 2012
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On Friday, June 15, 2012, students from the Halton District School Board participated in the 25th annual Special Athletes’ Track Meet.
This Halton tradition integrates a competition for athletes with physical challenges concurrently with a junior track meet for the Burlington area schools. The track meet took place at the Nelson Stadium in Burlington. This year, more than 170 special athletes took part compared to the first year of operation in 1987 when the track meet had a total of 12 participants. Coaches, school staff, friends, family members and volunteers provided support and encouragement for the athletes.
The special athletes’ events included running races, distance and precision throws, a slalom event for students with wheelchairs and T-ball.
Also, Burlington’s Top Hat Marching Orchestra played O' Canada at the beginning of the day, followed by a lap around the track by all of this year’s participating athletes.
This event provides special athletes with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and celebrate their successes with fellow students, friends and family.