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.
Our athletes are soon to be on their way to the Winter Games and our wonderful hosts at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel are all set for their arrival! We can’t wait for the weekend of Strength, Sport and Spirit to begin. Come on out Feb 8-10 to catch all the action!
Welcome to Calgary for the Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games!
As athletes – and families, friends and supporters – you’ve all worked exceptionally hard to get to this level of competition. Just as all other athletes and families before you over the past 50 years, your dedication, drive and commitment continues to impress me. The sky truly is the limit of what you can do.
As you progress through the various competitions,
it’s important to remember that Special Olympics doesn’t exist for Provincial,
National or World Games. My intent 50 years ago wasn’t to find the fastest
snowshoer or speed skater – it was to transform the lives of individuals with
an intellectual disability by making them fitter and healthier.
As athletes at provincial games, consider yourselves
ambassadors for the Special Olympics movement and role models for younger,
community-level athletes. Your successes help raise awareness of Special Olympics in your community, so we can
reach even more people with an intellectual disability, so they too can
experience the transformative power of sport.
I wish you great success in the competition this
weekend. I’m thrilled you are part of Special Olympics in Canada and that
you’ve excelled in your sport, making it to the Provincial Games.
your time in Calgary and, as always, be brave in the attempt!
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.