Sports and Recovery, One Man's Journey
Sports and Recovery, One Man's Journey
Posted on 07/24/2015
Excelling in sports is a matter of great pride for most athletes. For Martyn, this is especially true. For ten years his involvement in sports and the Special Olympics has helped him on his road to recovery, saying sports and team work make him happy. He has used these activities to help build his foundation for personal growth and self-awareness. Martyn

It was the work of Dr. Frank Hayden in the early 1960s that inspired the first Special Olympic competition in 1968. A sport scientist at the University of Toronto, Hayden promoted the transformative effect sport can have on people’s lives.

This transformation could be seen in Martyn when his net-minding skills helped carry his home team, the Muskoka Rattlers, to a provincial championship in 2011. His hard work paid off again as he resumed his place between the pipes, this time playing for the Midland Team at the Ontario provincial floor hockey championships in Ottawa in May. 

This provincial tournament happens once every four years, and serves as a qualifier to compete at the National Games. The Championships involved 24 teams, 384 athletes, 72 coaches, and over 400 volunteers, parents, caregivers and supporters.

It was another gold-medal performance for Martyn and his teammates at the tournament, resulting in an invitation to nationals at the 2016 Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Because of his stellar puck-stopping skills, Martyn has been asked to stay on with the Midland team. His coaches from Muskoka are so proud of Martyn and his accomplishments and are supporting his journey by providing transportation to and from Midland for games and practices. 

Knowing that he can contribute to his sport and succeed has allowed Martyn to overcome many obstacles in his life. It’s also allowed him to make some lifelong friends and gain confidence and find joy in his life. If you were to spot him about town, you would notice he takes great pride in his appearance, often dressed in a fine suit offering kind smiles to those who walk by. Not wanting to be known as a one-dimensional kind of guy, he is also an avid music fan and has been known to “rock out” with one of his guitars on occasion.

Everyone in Martyn’s life would like to wish him luck at his next tournament and can’t wait to hear about his next adventures.