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

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: 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: 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: 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

Meet the Pack: Ryan Cole

Ryan Cole started coaching with Special Olympics Alberta four years ago and while this is not his first stint as a Special Olympics coach, his journey back to coaching seemed improbable for many years. 22 years ago, Ryan started volunteering with Special Olympics in Manitoba through a program with his Junior A team, and ultimately loved his experience. Unfortunately for … Read More

Meet the Pack: Kim Roasting

For Kim Roasting, getting involved with Special Olympics started as a gesture to help her uncle who was an athlete, but quickly blossomed into a love for coaching. “I [volunteered] for about 10 years and then moved to Alberta and, something was just missing, so I joined here in Wetaskiwin and been here ever since,” says Kim. Kim has plenty … Read More