Competition


2019 Winter Sports Signups

It may seem a little early for winter sports registration, but we have to let Special Olympics CT know how many we will have training and competing.

Our Alpine sports registration is due to the State office by November 26, so that gives us about 15 days to gather all of the information.

Practices will be starting in January – please check our calendar of events for dates and times (www.OxfordSO.org). Competition will be BOTH Saturday February 23 and Sunday February 24, 2019. If you are unable to make either or both of those days, then you should select “TRAINING ONLY”.

Unified Partners and coaches please sign up also, so we are sure we have enough help and that you will be registered

Coaches: if you plan on helping at competition, please select “COMPETING” on the registration forms.

You may train in multiple sports, but since the competition is on the same weekend, you will have to choose ONLY 1 sport to compete in. If you would like to train in multiple sports then you will need to fill out both forms if that is the case.

Please select the sport you will be training/competing in from the links below:

  1. Alpine -> http://bit.ly/2019OSOAlpineSkiing (This form NEEDS to be filled out by November 25th – there will be NO LATE ENTRIES)
  2. Snowshoe/X Country -> http://bit.ly/2019OSOWinterSports

Depending on the number of Slots/Lift Tickets we are allotted, there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to “TRAIN ONLY” in Alpine. (We also need to make sure we have enough coaches for each sport.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact LarryD@OxfordSO.org


2018 Spring/Summer sports signup

If you will be participating in spring/summer training or competition, you will need to fill out the online signup sheet below.

It is EXTREMELY important that you sign up if you plan on competing, since our registration is due on April 18 and our first week of swim practice is after that date.

http://bit.ly/2018OSOSummerSports

It is very important to register, so that we know how many coaches/volunteers we will need.

The last day to register for competition will be Friday April 6, 2018, so please fill this form out as soon as you get it. You should receive an email confirmation after you submit the form.

Only those that sign up for COMPETITION will be registered for the summer games.

It costs Oxford Special Olympics money for every athlete and partner that is registered for competition, so if you register for COMPETITION and don’t show, or change your mind, then we will be out that money, which isn’t fair to anyone.

Sports:

Cycling / Swimming / Track & Field

Oxford Special Olympics will be training in three sports this Spring – Cycling, Track and Field, and Swimming – both Developmental and Advanced. Competition will be at the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games on June 8-10, 2018.

You may train in ALL of the sports, but must select only 1 for competition, since the competition will be held simultaneously on the same weekend. If you sign up for competition, then you are expected to attend all of the practices for that sport. If you have too many unexcused absences, then you will be scratched from competition.

All of the pertinent information is included on the form, so please READ IT CAREFULLY.

Special Olympics CT will be offering a cycling coaches training class next week:

Quinnipiac University – North Haven Campus 370 Bassett Rd, North Haven, CT 06473

Cycling Coaches Training following the Summer Games Meeting from 12- 2:30 PM. Please be prepared to bring your bicycle and helmet! Click the link to register by Wednesday, March 14th.

http://soct.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/G9UJOOT93X2MA2F9

Please let us know if you are planning on registering for this class.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Larry.


2017 Golf & Croquet Online Registration

The start date for Golf and Croquet is still TENTATIVELY set as July 18.

You MUST be preregistered using our online forms if you are planning on going to competition – that includes Unified Partners (and Coaches/Volunteers).

Our Croquet registration is due July 12 – WHICH IS BEFORE OUR FIRST NIGHT OF PRACTICE.
So if you aren’t preregistered then I will not know to include you in the Croquet registration forms and you will not be eligible for COMPETITION.

Here is the link to register (if you have already registered, please DO NOT register again, as it just duplicates the data)
Please Click on this Link and fill out the form to sign up for Golf or Croquet: http://bit.ly/2017GolfCroquet 

Golf and Croquet practice is TENTATIVELY scheduled to start on Tuesday evenings starting July 18, 2017


2017 Winter Sports Signup

Just a reminder that you need to register for winter sports training (if you have already completed the form, you don’t have to do it again)

Practices will be starting in January – please check our calendar of events for locations, dates and times (www.OxfordSO.org)

Please select the sport you will be training/competing in from the links below:

1)      Alpine -> http://bit.ly/2017AlpineRegistration (This form NEEDS to be filled out by November 27th – no late entries, please)

2)      Snowshoe/X Country -> http://bit.ly/2017SnowshoeXCountry


Brave in the Attempt

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Let me win,
But if I cannot win,
Let me be brave in the attempt.

“Let me be brave in the attempt.” What does that really mean? Well, Oxford athlete Matt Beland gave us a demonstration at the 2016 SOCT Summer Games.

Matt was registered for the 15K race on Sunday. 15 Kilometers. That’s 9 ⅓ miles. Matt had been training for the prior 10 weeks under the direction of his coaches, with help from his dad and support from his mom and brothers. He was ready. The race consisted of 24 (!) laps on the course laid out in the parking lot at Southern Connecticut State University. Matt entered the last lap hot on the tail of the athlete in the lead, with the rest of the field more than a lap behind.

Matt was drafting, a standard racing technique where you gain an aerodynamic advantage by riding close behind a competitor. His legs must have felt like rubber as he entered the turn, the Finish Line now within sight. Directly ahead was his cheering section, which included his teammates, coaches, parents and teacher. Matt made his move to pass when suddenly their tires touched and both athletes were thrown from their bicycles.

The crowd gasped in shock as Matt rolled and bounced in front of them. Emergency Room nurse (and Oxford Local Coordinator) Mo Blees ran to his aid. As Mo examined Matt, Coaches Ken and Allen quickly evaluated his bicycle – getting the chain back on the gears, unlocking the brakes, straightening the handlebars and most importantly, straightening out his twisted rim. Matt was scraped and bruised, but fortunately not badly injured.

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At this point most people would have called it a day. Matt, amazingly, wanted to continue. Both his coach and the official told Matt he could walk his bicycle across the Finish Line. The look on Matt’s face said that wouldn’t cut it – he was there to ride! His coach warned him that the bike would be very wobbly, so take it easy. Matt didn’t. He hoisted his battered body back onto his battered bicycle and completed the course, finishing in Second Place. But we don’t care about that; we are impressed that he even got back on that bicycle.

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Matt faced a challenge. He prepared for that challenge. He ran into a major obstacle. He rose above that obstacle. Matt was truly BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT.
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And now he has quite a story to tell.

Thank you to Sean Morley, Allen Aldrich, Ken Maciecki and Mo Blees for contributing to this.