Springwater Sports Heritage

Founding Benefactor: The McGuire Trust

Kelly McKenna


Active Elite Details:

Category: Athlete
​Sport(s): Cross Country Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Snowshoeing, Bowling, Curling, Track and Field
Position/Title: Participant
​Sport Association(s):
     ♦ Ontario Special Olympics
​Date/Place of Birth:  June 4, 1984/Halifax, Nova Scotia
Currently Residing:  Barrie, Ontario
​Springwater Connection:  Resided in Springwater 1992-2007
                                              Attended Minesing P.S. and Stayner Collegiate Institute

Highlights:

2016 - Nordic Skiing at Special Olympics National Winter Games
2015 - Nordic Skiing at Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games
2011 - Alpine Skiing at Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games
2009 - Track and Field at Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games
2008 - Nordic Skiing at Special Olympics National Winter Games
2007 - Nordic Skiing at Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games
2006 - Track and Field at Special Olympics National Summer Games
2005 - Track and Field at Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games
2004 - Nordic Skiing at Special Olympics National Winter Games
2003/2004 - Special Abilities Athlete of the Year at Stayner Collegiate Institute
2003 - Barrie Special Olympics Female Athlete of the Year
2003 - SCDSB "Excellence in Education Award"
2003 - Nordic Skiing at Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games
2002/2003 - Special Abilities Athlete of the Year at Stayner Collegiate Institute

Interests:

Sports, Friends, Family, Music, Movies, Nephews, and June (her cat)

Interesting Facts:

Kelly was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth.  A year later the medical specialists conveyed to her family that they were impressed by her advancements.  Apparently their original diagnosis was that Kelly would never sit, crawl, walk or talk, EVER in her life.

Narrative:

In spite of having received numerous certificates, awards, and medals (gold, silver and bronze) throughout her years of competition, like many Special Olympic Athletes, Kelly is not goal oriented.  Her satisfaction comes from being able to participate as well as being on the sidelines to cheer fellow athletes on to success.  We should all be so lucky to be this open-minded about the competitions in our lives.

Acknowledgements:

Special Olympics Canada develops and encourages Special Needs individuals to be a far better, healthier person than they ever thought they could be.

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