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!

A Letter from Dr. Frank Hayden

Dear athletes, families and friends,       

Monday January 21, 2019

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.           

Enjoy your time in Calgary and, as always, be brave in the attempt!            


Dr. Frank Hayden 

Dr. Frank Hayden | Creator Special Olympics

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