Meet the Pack: Marie Powell

Marie has been heavily involved with Special Olympics ever since she joined nine years ago and will be heading to her third straight National Games for Team Alberta. Her start in Special Olympics happened as a bit of a fluke when she was looking to do some volunteer work and, after her first day in track and field was hooked. … Read More

Jocelyn Leesman and the Special Olympics Winter Wonderland

Thank you to everyone who submitted their wonderful designs for our the annual holiday card contest. We had 42 entries this year and we plan to share them over the next 12 days to celebrate the skills of our athletes. This year’s winner was Jocelyn Leesman from Special Olympics Alberta-Calgary who painted a Special Olympics Winter Wonderland. Her art will be featured as … Read More

Makayla Watt is Diving Head First into Her Role as Head Coach

It is National Coaches Week and we want to celebrate grassroots coaches making a difference in the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities across the province. Makayla Watt is a new coach with Special Olympics Alberta-Edmonton and her journey started in 2019, when she began coaching the beginner swim program. After seeing the enthusiasm and pride her friends took in … Read More

Curious about Special Olympics? Register for Marathon of Sport, says Calgary coach and motionballer Tracy Le

To celebrate National Coaches Week Sept 19 to 27, we are thanking our 14,000 volunteer coaches across the country by sharing some of their inspiring stories. Their unwavering support helps Special Olympics athletes build the confidence, determination and strength to take on any challenge in sport – and in life. Meet Special Olympics Alberta coach Tracy Le When Special Olympics … Read More

Debbie Rice is Dedicated and Determined to Improving the Lives of Athletes

It is National Coaches Week and we want to celebrate grassroots coaches making a difference in the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities across the province. In 1993, Debbie Rice was part of a precision skating team in Calgary competing in the annual Rose Bowl. During the intermission, a group of Special Olympics skaters took to the ice to perform … Read More

It’s been 30 years and counting for this Special Olympics Alberta alpine ski coach

Alberta’s Martin McSween was introduced to Special Olympics 30 years ago while working at a group home for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Drumheller. A number of the home’s residents participated in Special Olympics track and field, so McSween offered to drive them to practice. A former athlete and certified coach, McSween was asked to help on the field that … Read More

Meet the Pack: Jon Gurr

He takes a breath, checks his stance, and blocks out the sound, as he steps up to the lane. It is the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games 2020 and the alley is bustling here at Nationals as Jon Gurr readies himself to bowl another strike. This is a moment he has been building towards the past six years with Special … Read More

Meet the Pack: Emma Bittorf

At just 16-years-old Emma Bittorf can already say that she is an Olympic silver medalist. The Special Olympics Alberta-Calgary athlete is fresh off an appearance at the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi where she walked away with a silver medal in golf. She will be looking to continue her competition hot streak, as she laces up … Read More

Meet the Pack: Kyla Henwood

Wetaskiwin will be icing a 15-player floor hockey team this year in Thunder Bay and Kyla Henwood will be the only girl on the team. “I AM THE ONLY GIRL GOING TO NATIONALS ON MY TEAM. SO IT’S PRETTY NICE, THE FACT THAT I MADE IT HERE ON MY OWN. IT FEELS GOOD (BEING THE ONLY GIRL). I CAN PROVE … Read More