Sibling trio trains to compete in snowshoeing

The full article, written by Kelsey Yates, can be found at The Airdrie Echo.

A trio of athletic siblings have been hard at work training for the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games set to begin on February 8.

Trinity, Wyatt, and Dominic Doucette have been training in the sport of snowshoeing for since 2016.

“[Snowshoeing] is pretty much equivalent to track-and-field,” said head coach Lyndon Chubbs, who has been coaching Special Olympics since 1993.

“It’s all about cardiovascular and running. They will be participating in the 200, 400, 800, and 1,600 metres with a focus on long distance.”

He said that he has enjoyed watching the Doucette siblings work hard and progress over the last three years.

“They can do 1,600 metres in under 10 minutes in -20 degrees,” he said.

“For all athletes, it’s about the effort they put in to do their best every time and to always keep that smile on their face.”

Trinity, age 13, was excited to be recognized as the Athlete of the Month by her coach, saying her favourite part of snowshoeing is “going as fast as she can”.

She is determined to win some medals at the competition next month.

Her 15-year-old brother, Wyatt, said he loves being outside and doesn’t mind the cold.

“I like the environment of the competition,” he said.

“I want to meet some new people from different teams.”

Dominic, age 16, is hoping to beat some of his personal records and has been working hard towards doing so.

“We’ve been practicing every day of the week, except Sundays,” he said.

The Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games will take place from February 8 to 10 at the WinSport Arena in Calgary showcasing eight different winter sports.

Over 700 athletes of all abilities from 64 communities across Alberta will come together to compete and showcase their talents.

Athletes and coaches from Provincials will have the opportunity to qualify for Team Alberta to compete at the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games held in Thunder Bay, Ont.

For more information on Special Olympics Alberta, visit www.specialolympics.ca/alberta or follow their social media pages.