Coaching Association of Canada

Tom Norton

Special Olympics Team Canada Athletics Coach

Topic: Global Cultural Disruption: How Special Olympics are Driving Social Change

Special Olympics has used disruption to create and enhance a global movement that has provided quality sport programs and opportunities to compete for over 5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities from 170 countries around the world. In this session, you will see and hear how Special Olympics is driving global social change, both on and off the field of play. If you want to be educated, energized and inspired, this is the session to attend!

Tom has been involved with Special Olympics for over 27 years, first with the Law Enforcement Torch Run starting in 1990, as a coach in Athletics, and as a strength and conditioning coach for Speed Skating among other pursuits.

At the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, Tom coached his athletes to multiple podium finishes, personal performance records and even better, achieving life goals. Known for his exceptional sport experience and his outstanding rapport with his athletes, Tom has dedicated his involvement with the Special Olympics organization Special Olympics BC [SOBC] – Abbotsford. An RCMP officer with more than 30 years of meritorious service under his belt and an SOBC – Abbotsford Athletics coach, he brings to bear more than three decades of practical experience in the sport as a coach and former competitive athlete.

Norton has been a member of 13 Special Olympics Regional and Provincial teams, three Special Olympics National teams 2011 World Summer Games Athens Greece, 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles CA., 2017 World Winter Games Graz AuACstria as a Family Liaison, Local training coach for athletes on the Provincial and National Games path and an Athletics Official.