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

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

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: 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: 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