Stories of Caledon

Caledon’s Jason Scorch Heading to Special Olympics Spring Games

Jason showing medal
Written by Patti Foley

Above photo (contributed): Jason recently won silver in his division at 10-pin bowling in Kitchener

Caledon’s Jason Scorch will be one of the athletes heading out in May to compete in the Special Olympics Ontario Spring Games.

Special Olympics is the largest organization in the world dedicated to providing developmental, recreation and competitive sport programming for people with intellectual disabilities.

Taking place from May 23rd to 26th in the Waterloo Region, the Provincial Spring Games will welcome over 750 athletes from across Ontario to compete in five diverse and exciting sports: basketball, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, and 10-pin bowling.

Jason is well-known in Caledon, particularly for his affiliation with motionBall. In addition, the gifted athlete competes in basketball, golf, and 5- and 10-pin bowling. When he first began competing there were no Special Olympics in Caledon, so he trained with York South. Now, with the exception of 10-pin bowling, he is able to do all of his training in Caledon.

Coached by Margaret French at York South, it is 10-pin bowling that Jason is competing in for the spring games. Opening Day is Thursday May 23rd and he competes on May 24th and 25th.

“As Jason’s coach for 10-pin, I have watched him work on increasing his average with determination over the years we have had him in our bowling program” said Margaret. “He interacts very well with his teammates and other coaches.  We are looking forward to coaching Jason at the Provincial Games in May.”

Four swimmers from Caledon’s Special Olympics crew, who train at Mayfield, will be on the bus with Jason as they all, as part of Team GTA, head to Waterloo.

Wilhelmina Brown, a coach for track, swimming, bocci and 5-pin, commented on Jason’s determination and hard work that have brought him so much success in games past. And on his tireless efforts on behalf of the Special Olympics organization. She also wanted to remind us of the Special Olympics Athletes Oath “Let me win. But if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt.”

We wish Jason and all of the other athletics an amazing experience at this year’s Spring Special Olympics!

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Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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