Local athletes headed to 2019 Special Olympics Winter Games in Calgary

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
February 4, 2019 - 1:42pm

A number of local athletes will be participating this coming weekend in the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games.

A total of 47 athletes from Red Deer will travel to Calgary for the Games to participate in floor hockey, curling, 5-pin bowling, and speedskating.

There are also 13 local coaches and two extra volunteers making the trip.

"Our provincial games is a unique opportunity to bring together our Alberta communities and create an inclusive and competitive experience showing the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities," says Johnny Byrne, president and CEO of Special Olympics Alberta.

"This event allows our athletes to reach their personal bests and connect with athletes across the province."

Other sports at the 2019 Games include alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating and snowshoeing.

The opening ceremony goes Friday, Feb, 8 at 7 p.m. at Winsport. More than 700 athletes from 64 communities in Alberta, NWT and SK will be competing.

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