Schedule Update / News – SOA Winter Games 2019

Special Olympics Alberta is committed to ensuring the safety of and providing an enjoyable experience for all of our athletes competing at the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games.

After reviewing the weather for tomorrow we have decided to cancel the Alpine Skiing event on Saturday, February 9, 2019 due to the low temperatures. We will evaluate the weather again tomorrow and make a decision on whether or not it will run on Sunday based on the best interest of our athletes.

We have made changes to the schedule for snowshoeing as well, please see the website for the updated version.

Please click here or click the below website to see all sport schedules and to check the updates for snowshoeing and alpine skiing.

Warm Regards,

Special Olympics Alberta

Cold Weather Schedule Advisory for Provincials

Special Olympics Alberta is currently reviewing and revising outdoor sport schedules due to the cold weather forecast this weekend.

By Friday evening we will have updated schedules for the seven sports, which you will be able to find here.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend and make sure to stay warm.

Thank you to Enmax for the hand warmers!

Cross Country Skiing Cancelled

The snow dance didn’t work. As with all outdoor sports, Mother Nature calls the shots.  Unfortunately due to lack of usable snow in Calgary and area we have to cancel the Cross Country Ski event. Our athletes will get an opportunity to compete for Team Alberta at the B.C. Provincials. Thank you to our amazing sponsor – Canadian Progress Club. Their funds will go to support our Snowshoe athletes who are able to compete with far less snow coverage.

Warm regards,

Special Olympics Alberta

Media Release: Special Olympics Alberta Announces the Two Communities to Host the 2019 and 2021 Games

EDMONTON, AB, July 11, 2017– The Special Olympics Flame of Hope was snuffed out at the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games in the Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre, but shortly after two communities eagerly awaited the challenge and privilege of taking on a Special Olympics Alberta Games. Johnny Byrne, Special Olympics Alberta president and CEO proudly announced the two host communities of Calgary and Strathcona County to take on the legacy of hosting the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games and 2021 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games.

“Calgary and Strathcona know our Special Olympics Alberta Games will highlight their community and activate its citizens to take part and spread the movement of showcasing the amazing abilities of Special Olympics athletes. We’re proud to have them be part of our games history,” says Johnny Byrne, Special Olympics Alberta president and CEO.
The two host cities shared the same excitement to be awarded the host of the upcoming games.

Calgary has a long and rich history of hosting Special Olympics events.  It spans from the 1982 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games, taking the next step by hosting the Special Olympics Canadian Winter Games in 1986 and now continuing that legacy with the upcoming 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games.

“Bringing the Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games to Calgary will be embraced by the whole city,” says Karen Saunders, Games Organizing Committee co-chair.
“Our city has deep ties with Special Olympics and hosting the 2019 Winter Games will give our city the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of athletes across the province.”

First time Special Olympics games host, Strathcona County, is ready to make a strong impression on the athletes. This will be the first Special Olympics event that Strathcona County will be hosting. The community is no stranger to hosting sporting events like the 1987 Alberta Summer Games, 2000 Alberta Winter Games, 2007 Western Canada Summer Games, and the 2014 Canada 55+ Games.

“Strathcona County is proud to be chosen as the host of the 2021 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr.

“We look forward to welcoming 1,300 participants and their families from across the province to our community and creating a memorable shared experience for all.”
The two communities have a strong drive and passion for hosting sport events and supporting Special Olympics within in their community.

Special Olympics Alberta is proud to announce Calgary as the host of the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games and Strathcona County as the host of the 2021 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games.

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