Supporting motionball

with Ion Nicolae & Black Line Studio

Ion Nicolae: IronMan, Entrepreneur, motionball Supporter

On December 8th, Ion Nicolae is taking part in his 4th IRONMAN Triathlon Race, and this time he’s racing for a cause! As he works towards this incredible feat, Ion is demonstrating his commitment to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics athletes who motionball supports. Play your part and show your support of Ion’s efforts by making a donation below! 


Led by emerging leaders, young professionals, and Canadian students, motionball is a national non-profit organization that provides funding to Special Olympics initiatives so that individuals with intellectual disabilities can live happier, healthier lives.

By supporting motionball, your contribution will be used to fund sustainable, innovative Special Olympics programs in strategic and impactful ways. Together, we can help individuals with intellectual disabilities across Canada realize their goals, dreams, and potentials.


Winston Churchill once said: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

I was born in Bucharest, Romania (30.03.1977) into a highly artistic and creative family: my father, a reporter and novelist; my mother, a writer and internationally awarded film director. From a young age, I’ve developed an eclectic taste in the arts, spending time on my mother’s movie sets or learning from my father on how to express myself from reading and writing. Yet, sports have always been part of my life, playing and competing in tennis or swimming during the summers as well as skiing during the winter time.

In June 1990, everything was turned upside down: suddenly, I was confronted with a new way of life. After a brutal political manifestation in Bucharest, my mother decided to seek political asylum in Montréal, while my father decided to stay behind. Besides being separated from them for two years, without knowing if or when I will see either again, life presented me with a set of different values. So at the age of 13 it became my own responsibility to find my way in this world.

There are many stories about dramatic life-changing events and this is not about that. At the age of 22, in Canada, I pursued a path of an entrepreneur and opened my first business which allowed my creative side to be expressed through unique business concepts. My innovative approach for “350 Fahrenheit” restaurant allowed me to be featured in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, to name a few and the outstanding tattoo studio concept “Black Line Studio” became one of the final 4 finalists for the ARC Awards, recognizing the best concepts in Canada. At the age of 32, I’ve finally decided to pursue my passion in film and after an intensive film directing program in LA, I’ve shot my directorial debut, The Wrong Turn. The film was finished in September 2010 and has gotten Awards of Merit and Honourable Mentions at various film festivals.

As an artist and entrepreneur, I draw my energy and creativity from life experience. As I move in the direction of my own dreams, I want to inspire, through my successes and failures, anyone who seeks their own prosperity in life. Therefore for my 4th 70.3 IronMan triathlon race, which will take place in California on December 8th, I’ve decided to team up with motionball the non-profit organization and raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics so that individuals with intellectual disabilities can lead happier, healthier lives and their own success to stand as a testimonial that even what seems impossible, is all possible.


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