Christina Campbell’s Story
When she was 15 years old, Christina Campbell’s parents enrolled her in a life-changing Special Olympics program in Ottawa.
Years earlier, Christina was diagnosed with significant intellectual and visual-spatial disabilities. She struggled with the school curriculum, had difficulty making friends and was ostracized, her mother Kathy explains.
Christina didn’t think she could excel at anything, and desperately wanted something to give her purpose and passion.
Special Olympics Canada has given her that drive.
Her parents enrolled her into the rhythmic gymnastics program which literally changed their daughter’s life.
Nine years later, Christina is a confident and accomplished athlete.
She is a gold and silver medalist, and an ambassador for Special Olympics.
Christina’s story is not unique.
With more 34,000 athletes with an intellectual disability taking part in Special Olympics programs across Canada, they each have their own story about how sport programs have changed their lives.
Special Olympics offers a wide range of opportunities that improve physical fitness and motor skills and leads to greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image.
Your support helps to enrich and transform the lives of Special Olympics athletes across Canada by giving them meaning, purpose, hope and encouragement.
Listed are a few of Christina’s achievements.
- March: Keynote speaker and performer for Staples Canada conference
- July: Special Olympics Ontario Summer Games: 5 Silver medals
- February: Performance for By Youth for Youth fundraiser for Haiti held in Ottawa, Ontario
- May: Defi Sportif competition held in Montreal, Quebec: 5 Gold medals
- June: Special Olympics International Congress: Participated in the Global Athlete Congress held in Marrakech, Morocco
- July: Special Olympics National Summer Games in London, Ontario: 4 Gold and 2 Silver medals including all-around gold medalist
- August: Invitational International Gymnastic Competition in Stoke-on-Trent, England: 5 Gold medals
- September: Identified as member of Region 7 Snowshoeing Team for the Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games in Thunder Bay
- Selected as member of Team Canada for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece (June 2011)