Peter Howatt, Special Olympics P.E.I. president, can relate to needing a break.
Last year meant a schedule stuffed full from the Special Olympics Winter National Games on P.E.I. to new programs to the Special Olympics World Games in Nagano, Japan.
â€œIt was an extremely busy year for us.We had the Games, we had the huge success of our athletes in Nagano.Then there's the beginning of the local programs (like) the community council development,â€ said Howatt
, who coaches the floor hockey team, which finished second at a recent tournament in Quebec.
, a 2005 without Games means Special Olympics can focus on its community council development program, which after two years in the planning stages will get some much needed attention before next year's launch.
It's a province-wide policy, said Howatt
, designed to tap the knowledge of volunteers in a given area.
â€œIt's getting people from the area as co-ordinators, as our sports development leaders, public relations and marketing people in that area.To be really successful you have to be in and know the people in the area.They know how best to run the programs,â€ said Howatt
, who started donating his
time to the floor hockey squad 16 years ago.
So from here, Howatt
sees a huge future for the athletes and the organization.