Evan Pittam was diagnosed with developmental delay or global developmental delay. The diagnosis is given when a child takes longer to reach certain development milestone than other children his/her age. This might include learning to walk or talk, movement skills, learning new things and interacting with others socially and emotionally.
Growing up on a farm, Evan interacted with horses. Not letting his developmental delay get in the way, he always carried a very positive outlook on life and was known as a happy person, making friends wherever he went.
Farm life made sure Evan was always active. Not letting his intellectual disability get in his way, he joined Special Olympics so he could play lots of sports and make new friends, says Evan.
He bowls, plays floor hockey, basketball, baseball, and curling. Evan also played golf for two years and was in soccer for three years. Now, his job takes up a lot of his time, so he has had to cut back on some involvement in sports.
Evan practices bowling every Thursday with a mixed league to help prepare for Special Olympics tournaments.
"I like helping others out on the teams," says the gold medalist. "I feel proud of myself because I work hard."
Evan went to Provincials for Bowling two years ago, winning Bronze, one for team and one for himself. At bowling Nationals held in PEI he received Bronze for the team. At the Sault Ste Marie curling Provincials Evan and his teammates can in fourth, with a shot to the button. Recently, Evan went to Provincials for bowling and won two Gold medals, one team and one individual.
Evan will be making us all proud by competing in bowling at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games being held this February in Thunder Bay.
"We have nice coaches that help us out a lot," says Evan. "We're one big family."
The Special Olympian has also received a special Challenge Coin from the Toronto Police Department. It was given to him for his special achievements and as a symbol of pride, teamwork, and unity. As well, Mayor Steve Clarke presented Evan with a certificate on behalf of the City of Orillia, congratulating him on his outstanding athletic accomplishments.