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Tess Trojan

Tess Trojan is an inspiration and is the essence of all that is Special Olympics. The St. Catharines, Ontario native won the 2012 inaugural Special Olympics National Golf Tournament (Division 1, Women). A true champion with an infectious enthusiasm for Special Olympics and sport, 24-year-old Tess has been involved with Special Olympics programs for the past 14 years. She began her journey with Special Olympics in 2000 as a 5 pin bowling athlete and now participates in more than 5 sports. In addition to her golf title, Tess is an award-winning swimmer and powerlifter. 

Tess is More Than an Athlete 
Tess is a trained Athlete Speaker and Ambassador for Special Olympics. Tess is very passionate about Special Olympics and in a recent a presentation to the Niagara Down Syndrome Caring Parents, she said, “I am grateful to Special Olympics for so many things. I have met many friends. We share a common bond, we all want to do our very best and support our friends to do the same.  Special Olympics offers us the opportunity to participate in sports which might not be possible if the organization wasn’t there. I’ve been lucky to have many great coaches and volunteers to help me with my sporting activities.”

Tess is a part-time student at Niagara College and graduated in May from the College Path Program (General Arts & Science). She is currently a student in the school’s Pre-Community Services Program, and her career goals are to work with children or seniors in recreation.

Listed are a few of Tess’s achievements.
The 26 year old St. Catharines, Ontario native won Gold in Women's Golf, Division 1, at the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Vancouver this past July (her head is still spinning). Tess's win has allowed her the honour to represent Canada at the 2015 Special Olympic World Summer Games in LA.

In February the Canadian Golf Team was invited to an LA Training Camp with the U.S. Team hosted by Bank of America. The Teams were treated to a Clinic with PGA Pros Webb Simpson, Ben Crane and Russell Henley. The highlight of the Training Camp was attending the Pro-Am Round of the Northern Trust Classic at the Rivera Club.

Tess has been training hard with the enormous support of PGA Pro Carrie Vaughn. Tess hopes to achieve a personal best in LA.

We'll be cheering you on in LA, Tess! 


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