Sophie Lacourse-Pudifin

Sophie Lacourse-Pudifin

District: Eastern Ontario
Community: Ottawa
Sport: Rhythmic Gymnastics
Team: Ottawa Rhythmic Spirals
What other sports do you participate in? Alpine skiing, golf, ballet and kayaking.
Will these be your first Provincial Games? No
What other Games have you competed in? SO World Summer Games, Abu Dhabi, UAE 2019 – Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 4: 7 gold medals in each element(rope, clubs, ribbon, clubs);group ( hoop, free; ) and 1st overall, SO National Summer Games, Antigonish, NS 2018 – Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 4: First(Gold Overall), SO Provincial Summer Games, Guelph, ON 2016 – Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 4: Second (Silver)overall

SO National Winter Games, Cornerbrook NFLD 2016 – Alpine Skiing – participant

SO National Winter Provincial games, North Bay, ON 2015 – Alpine Skiing- Second overall(Silver)

SO National Summer Games, Vancouver, ON 2015 – Rhythmic Gymnastics, Level 2: Second overall (Silver)

SO USA Gymnastics Championship, Marietta Georgia, USA 2014 – Rhythmic Gymnastics, Level 2 – Gold overall, and in ball, hoop, ribbon, rope and group free

SO USA Gymnastics Championship, Marietta Georgia, USA 2013 – Rhythmic Gymnastics, Level 2 – Gold overall, and in ball, hoop, ribbon, rope and group free

SO Provincial Summer Games, York, ON 2013 – Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 2 : Qualified for national games

Down Syndrome International Gymnastics Orgaisation, Leicester UK, Rhythmic Gymnastics: Won tite of Junior World Rhythmic Gymnastics champion

SO Provincial winter Games Thunder Bay, ON 2011 – Alpine skiing: Gold medallist in GS

SO Provincial summer Games Windsor, ON 2009 – Rhythmic gymnastics Level 1: silver medallist
Best Special Olympics Memory: It definitely was winning Gold overall at the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019. I was so proud to represent Canada and bring back 7 gold medals! The Senate gave recognition and made us so proud to be Canadian. I learned a lot about myself and others and know that hard work is worth it.
Hobbies and Activities: I love to dance and listen to music. Photography is a passion I am developing and all social activity that includes people is fun for me. I enjoy cooking as I worked the summer before going to World games as a kitchen steward in a cafeteria. I loved helping to cook, make salads and serve paninis. I also love working with kids. I had two work placements volunteering in a kindergarden class and I like helping coach and leading warm-up sessions. I enjoy going to the gym and working with a personal trainer to improve my endurance and core strength. I recently discovered I like to paint too. I am on a waiting list to get into college and look forward to that!
Message to Sponsors: Thank you so much for providing me and so many others to participate in Special Olympics! All the opportunities Special Olympics provide would not be possible without you! I send you a big heart of gratitude!