Justin Thompson recently participated in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi on March 2019.  This was the first time the games had been held in the Middle East North Africa since the movement’s founding over 50 years ago. The Crown Prince Court was on a mission to promote positive social change for people with intellectual disabilities and create a more inclusive society.

Thompson was very humble when he spoke of his gold medal wins.  He performed spectacularly by winning gold in the 25-meter backstroke and freestyle swimming events.  Thompson also placed 4th in the 4x 25meter freestyle relay.

When asked about his career in swimming he said, "The experience was amazing, I don't have a single bad thing to say about it.  The people there, from all the different nationalities, they were all amazing to meet.  It was good to meet team Canada but the biggest picture was to know everyone else from around the world."

Being a gold medalist swimmer was not always the case for Justin.  In his younger days, he could not pass his swimming lessons but due to the encouragement of his Nana and Papa, they helped him to succeed.  Thompson wishes to continue his involvement in the Special Olympics and will train to compete in the next World Games in 2023 in Germany.