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Peel Regional Police (PRP) is honoured to be the official host of the 2017 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games.

From July 13th to 16th 2017, the Region of Peel is welcoming close to 800 athletes along with coaches, staff and spectators for the 2017 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games. Athletes train hard year-round to qualify. The Games in Peel Region will be their moment to shine.

Here are some of their stories.

Abbas Syed, Multisport Athlete

Meet Special Olympics athlete Abbas Syed. Sport has changed his life. He is a competitive swimmer and sport keeps him focused and helps him lead a healthy lifestyle.

Abbas was born in Canada shortly after his parents immigrated from Dubai. When his parents first learned he had Down Syndrome they didn't know what to expect, it was emotionally difficult hearing the news. Wanting their son to be active, his parents came across Special Olympics and it completely changed their lives.

"He improved his health, he improved his confidence. He travels with the team so he got into a lot of independency" explains Rashid.

Swimming enhanced Abbas' self-esteem and confidence, it helped him pursue a career as a model and an actor. He played the lead role in the Canadian television series "Twice in a Lifetime" a huge accomplishment for him and his family.

"I'm saying to myself, you know what? All's good. It's like my body needs to compete," said Abbas.

Get Involved: You can Adopt an Athlete like Abass Syed for $500. #PEEL2017

Kristen Domingues, Multisport Athlete

Meet Special Olympics athlete Kristen Domingues. Sport has changed her life. When she isn't in school Kristen is an athlete and competes in soccer, swimming, 5-pin bowling, basketball, softball and other sports. Through Special Olympics she keeps active and connected to a close circle of friends.

Special Olympics has played a vital role in inspiring Kristen to lead a healthy lifestyle and it has helped her gain confidence in her abilities giving her a positive "Can do" attitude.

"I like doing my Special Olympics sports because it keeps me healthy and being active" says Kristen.

Her mom is so pleased she found herself in sport.

"I did not think she could accomplish the things that she has accomplished, it is primarily because of Special Olympics and what she's gained from it" explains Eddie Domingues

Get Involved: You can Adopt an Athlete like Kristen Domingues for $500. #PEEL2017

Kevin Pritchard, Golfer - Mississauga Golf Club

Meet Special Olympics athlete Kevin Pritchard. Golf has changed his life. When Kevin was born his family didn't expect him to establish the social skills and independence he has today. Seven years ago, Kevin started playing golf. He was inspired by his late Uncle Gary's love for the game. Kevin became one of three select golfers from Canada who got to play in the Tiger Woods Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

Through Special Olympics, Kevin has developed proficiencies that have given him to employment opportunities and sport accomplishments including winning three silver medals at the Special Olympics North American Invitationals.

Kevin dedicates each of his golf games to his uncle Gary who has since passed on. In his bag he carries his driver and a tag for inspiration that reads, "do this for my uncle".
"My uncle would be proud of me today" Kevin explains.

Kevin proves that people with intellectual disabilities can learn and succeed when given the opportunity and support.

Get Involved: You can Adopt an Athlete like Kevin Pritchard for $500. #PEEL2017

Taylan Peters, Basketball Player - Brampton Cougars

Meet Special Olympics athlete Taylan Peters. Basketball has changed his life. It's given him somewhere to go where he feels important, where nothing else matters. Being part of the Special Olympics team makes Taylan feel like he belongs.

Taylan's father Garnet Peters recounts his personal story of how his sons plan changed and their Special Olympics journey started.

"I brought Taylan every Friday evening to practice and sat and watched. Until their first tournament...everything changed for me" Garnet Peters explains.

The sport setting and anything to do with big crowds and noise was the opposite of what Taylan liked, but he also loved basketball and would watch it all the time.

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