Competition


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.


Summer 2016 Competition Dates

CompDates

All of this information is on our Calendar of Events (See the link above or to the left for “OSO Calendar”)

Developmental Aquatics Qualifier:

Saturday May 14, 2016 9:00 am at Oxford High School
No Lunch will be served

Cycling Qualifier:

Sunday May 15, 2016 8:30 am at Eversource (formerly Northeast Utilities Service Center), 705 West Johnson Avenue, Cheshire CT 06410
Lunch will be provided for athletes, partners and coaches.
Parents, family & friends please bring your own lunch, drinks, snacks.

Track & Field / Advanced Aquatics Qualifier:

Saturday May 21, 2016  8:30 am (CORRECTION – Opening Ceremonies start at 8:00 am)
Pentahlon Athletes plan to arrive for 7:15 am as first event is at 7:30 am

Weston High School, 115 School Rd, Weston, CT 06883
Lunch will be provided for athletes, partners and coaches.
Parents, family & friends please bring your own lunch, drinks, snacks.

2016 Special Olympics Summer Games:

Developmental Aquatics – Friday June 10, 2016 12:45 pm at Beckerman athletic center, 225 Skiff street, Hamden, CT
Cycling, Advanced Aquatics and Track & Field – Saturday and Sunday June 11 & 12, 2016 at Southern CT State University

If you have any questions, please check with your Head Coach or talk to Mo or Larry.
All Qualifiers are Mandatory if you plan to compete at the 2016 Special Olympics Summer Games, If you miss the qualifier, you cannot compete at the Summer Games.