Down syndrome International Swim Organization visits Colchester

Members of the Down Syndrome International Swim Organization have had their first look at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

The group arrived in Colchester County on November 16 to complete the first of two site inspections in preparation of the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships 2018 which will be held in Truro.

The delegation consisted of nine representatives from across the globe, whose role is ensuring the host venue, the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, as well as the proposed accommodations options are suitable to host this world class event.

“For some members, this was their first visit to Canada, and they were delighted by the hospitality they received on arrival,” recalled Nick Sharpe, Director of Events at the RECC. “Experiencing our region firsthand has given the members a better understanding of how this event can be hosted in Truro in 2018. The Rath Eastlink Community Centre team is proud to be the first venue in Canada to host this international event.”

The remainder of the DSISO visit consisted of one-day of meetings, while ensuring they allowed some time to explore the region. On November 18, all delegates attended the Festival of Lights at Truro’s new Civic Square, and the night prior, Roadside Willie’s showcased its incredible generosity and hospitality by sponsoring the official dinner.

“Roadside Willies is proud to have been selected to host the delegate’s supper for the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organization Executive,” added John Henry, owner of Roadside Willies. “The upcoming World Championship will prove to be an exciting and inspirational event for the local community and beyond.”

Members of the DSISO delegation are keen to return to Colchester for their second site inspection in approximately one year’s time, prior to making their final return for competition in 2018.

In the meantime, planning for the event continues, with top priority being the development of a Host Committee and volunteer team, as well as beginning work on securing sponsorship and grant funding.

“Now that the first site inspection is complete, we can move forward with event preparations, as we now have a clear picture of what needs to be done. That said, the execution of this event will be a team effort in every way, and as such, we are in search of individuals who are willing and interested in becoming part of the Host Committee, and or the larger volunteer team,” said Tanya Colburne, Chair of the DSWSC 2018.

Host Committee leads are needed for accommodations, transportation, sport/technical, volunteers, hospitality and protocol, security, sponsorship and accreditation, marketing and promotion, team services, medical, officials, media and communications.


In addition to volunteers, support for the event in the way of grant funding and sponsorship is also needed. All those who may be interested in volunteering as part of the Host Committee, or as a general volunteer, and/or those who may be willing to contribute to the event as a Sponsor are asked to please contact Colburne at