Abilympics Showcase 2024

Brand new this year, the Abilympics Showcase is a new pilot program as part of the Nova Scotia Skills Competition. It is designed to offer persons with disabilities the chance to demonstrate their unique talents and skills in a relaxed and accessible competition setting.

This pilot program is being run in collaboration with the NSCC Achieve Program (Akerley, Truro & IT campuses), The Prescott Group & STEPs on Arthur and will run alongside the Nova Scotia Skills Competition at NSCC Akerley Campus in April 2024.

About the Abilympics

The Abilympics is held every four years and aims to provide persons with disabilities the opportunity to showcase their skills in an international competition setting.

The 10th International Abilympics Competition took place in Metz, France in March 2023. Five competitors from Nova Scotia represented Team Canada and came home with four bronze medals. Their incredible success inspired this pilot program.

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Showcase Areas

Listed below are the 2024 Abilympics showcase areas that you can register for.



Friday, April 12 2024


What makes a photograph stand out from the rest? Use technical skills and your creative eye to explore a theme and capture the world as you see it.




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Friday, April 12 2024


Show Nova Scotia your cooking skills as you take a classic omelette recipe and put your spin on it! Watch the demonstration video & learn to this delicious recipe!




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Character Design


Friday, April 12 2024


Showcase your artistic eye and creativity and design your own 2D characters using sketch skills & tablet technology.



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Abilympics Showcase Registration


2023 Abilympics Competitors outside of the event venue in Lyon, France.

Rules & Regulations


The Abilympics Showcase is open to any person with a disability aged 16 years or older who is enrolled in either programming with The Prescott Group, STEPs on Arthur or the NSCC Achieve Program (Akerley, Truro & IT Campus).

Participants must be a resident of Nova Scotia.

Participants must have completed and submitted a signed release form or have had a form submitted on their behalf by a parent or guardian if under the age of 19. 



Each showcase area has a limited number of registration spaces. Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a minimum of one space available for each of the organizations partnered with this pilot programme (NSCC Achieve, The Prescott Group & STEPs on Arthur).


Participants are eligible to apply for travel reimbursement to and from their contest location. For more information and to apply for travel reimbursement please refer to the Travel Reimbursement Form

Skills Canada – Nova Scotia awards gold, silver and bronze medals for each showcase area. The individual achieving the highest score is awarded the gold medal. The individual achieving the second highest score is awarded the silver medal, and the third highest scoring individual is awarded the bronze medal. 

Questions & Answers


The Abilympics Showcase pilot is free to participate in. There is no registration fee for this program. SCNS will reimburse some of the costs of travel to/from the showcase as well as some approved training supplies. You can access the form here: Nova Scotia Skills Abilympics – Travel & Expenses Reimbursement Form


As this is a pilot program, winners of the Abiympics showcase pilot will not be able to progress to the 2024 Skills Canada National Competition.  We hope to be able to offer a pathway for participants to attend the National Competition in the future.

Additional Accessibilty Programming

At Skills Canada – Nova Scotia, we believe that everyone should have equal access to our programs, competitions and opportunities. To learn more visit to our Accessibility Services page

Photography competitor documenting the Abilympic competitions