I recently was part of a photographic team that cover the 2011 Manitoba Winter Special Olympics. The opening ceremonies were held at the Delta Winnipeg hotel, and were attended by dignitaries as well as the athletes themselves and their families. Though the torch was not lit, the athlete who carried the torch into the ballroom to officially start the games couldn’t have cared less, as you’ll see his excitement in the photographs. The opening ceremonies had a great band (Electric Angel) let by a very talented (and cute!) lead singer. I noticed several of the male athletes paying special attention to her when she was singing…who could blame them? lol She was great actually, both in her singing and the way she would go into the crowd and sing and dance with the athletes.
One thing I noticed throughout the evening and the next day of competition, was how happy the athletes were just to be there. It was the same thing when I photographed the Manitoba Summer Special Olympic Games two years ago. It was a pleasure to watch!