Meet the Pack: Eleanor Saubak

The youngest Team Alberta figure skater this year has been skating since she was five-years-old and, now at 14, Eleanor Saubak will be looking to make the most of her first National games. After skating with Special Olympics for the past six years, her experience proved to be extremely beneficial, as she was able to overcome the challenges of going … Read More

Meet the Pack: Mitchell Banks

Camrose 5-pin bowler, Mitchell Banks has been hitting the lanes with Special Olympics for the past 8 years and after an incredible performance with the Camrose Strike Force at Provincials he will be heading to his first Nationals. Mitchell bowls with his Strike Force teammates under the tutelage of Team Alberta bowling coach Faye St. Onge and Special Olympics Alberta-Camrose … Read More

Meet the Pack: Brock Jesse

Team Alberta’s influx of young talent extends to the cross-country skiing team with the addition of Brock Jesse. It will be Brock’s second time competing at Nationals after a stellar debut in 2016 at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook. At just 16-years-old he was able to compete with the country’s best, reaching the podium multiple times. … Read More

Meet the Pack: Brandon Senkiw

At just 24-years-old, Edmonton’s own 5-pin bowler Brandon Senkiw is ready to step into the spotlight at his first Nationals next month in Thunder Bay. Our Meet the Pack series continues with one of our youngest Team Alberta bowlers in Brandon who after 11 years in Special Olympics is ready for the next level of competition. “It makes me feel … Read More

Meet the Pack: Jan Pydde

The floor hockey team in Wetaskiwin will be well-prepared, well-trained, and ready to play their hearts out thanks to the 30 years of experience that Associate Coach Jan Pydde brings to the table. Jan’s journey with Special Olympics started in 1995, volunteering with the 5-pin bowling program in Leduc. Four years later she became more involved after enrolling her son … Read More

Meet the Pack: Katie Saunders

Katie Saunders is no stranger when it comes to competing on the National stage. For Katie, Team Alberta 2020 marks the sixth time she will don the Alberta crest and represent her province. She has competed at the last two Special Olympics Canada Summer Games – Vancouver in 2014 and Antigonish in 2018 – as a member of the athletics … Read More

Meet the Pack: James Scott

Grande Prairie’s James Scott will represent Team Alberta at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games 2020 in Thunder Bay and his 28 years of experience will be critical in motivation the speed skating athletes. He got his start with Special Olympics after enrolling his daughter Francene and after finding out that the program needed more volunteers, he dove at the … Read More

Meet the Pack: Shaun Pydde

Shaun Pydde is set to represent Team Alberta once again when he hits the sheet for the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games 2020 in Thunder Bay. He competed at the Nationals in P.E.I in 2004 and won a bronze medal in floor hockey. Now at age 35, he will be swapping his hockey stick for a broom. Shaun is one … Read More

Meet the Pack: Kennedy Zaytsoff

Meet the Pack: Kennedy Zaytsoff “A dream can be what wakes you up in the morning and keeps you going every day, whether things are going great or not. You have that dream; you have that passion inside you that you keep pushing forward.” – Kaetlyn Osmond Team Alberta figure skater Kennedy Zaytsoff is someone who epitomizes passionate, hard-working, and … Read More

Meet the Pack: Blain Fuller

Blain Fuller is ecstatic to be bringing his first floor hockey team to Nationals. It is something he has dreamed about doing since he started coaching with Special Olympics way back in 1989 and bringing his Wetaskiwin floor hockey team to Thunder Bay is the realization of a 30-year journey. Although, this is not the first time he has embarked … Read More