Honouring Spirit of Special Olympics

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 3:42 p.m. October 21, 2020

For the past 32 years, Nerissa Pooran has been a Special Olympics Ontario Athlete participating in swimming and track & field.

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Special Olympics Ontario Nerissa Pooran was honoured with a lifetime achievement award

She was honoured with the Athlete Lifetime Achievement Award at a virtual ceremony held on October 21.

The award is presented to athletes who have been part of Special Olympics programs for more than a decade and who have had success on and off the field and demonstrated sportsmanship.

Supt. Dave Rydzik made the presentation to Pooran.

“I am so happy to be given this opportunity to make this presentation to a special athlete who is very worthy of this accolade,” said the 43 Division Unit Commander.

Zita Pooran is proud of her daughter’s accomplishments.

“We are beyond words,” she said. “Our daughter is a wonderful representative of what Special Olympics is all about.”

Pooran’s specialties are swimming and track and field.

“Nerissa is hardworking and very committed,” said her mom. “She never gives up, even when faced with the most difficult of challenges.”

Chief James Ramer presented the President’s Award to Evan Krofchick who has been a Special Olympics volunteer for the last 26 years.

Deputy Chief Barbara McLean presented the School Athlete of the Year Award to Lindsay Culver who accepted it on behalf of her student Khalid Ahmed.

The West Humber Collegiate Institute has taken part in bocce, soccer, basketball and athletics the last four years.

“Khalid loves sport and been around people,” said Culver. “He is the first athlete to show up for practice and a genuine team leader.”

Watch the 2020 Special Olympics Ontario Awards 

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