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Mar
16

2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Comes to Jasper

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2012 Canadian Special Olympics Winter Games were held Feb 28, 29 and Mar 1, 2, 3

Canada’s 10 provinces and two of its three territories were represented by more than 650 athletes, all of them with dreams of gold and aspirations to qualify for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Seoul, Korea.

The theme “Just as Bold, Here for Gold” reflected the passion and goals the Special Olympics athletes shared with their Olympic counterparts. There were seven winter sports in which Special Olympics athletes competed. The excitement and enthusiasm generated by these Games are going to leave a lasting impression on our region.

St Albert (www.stalbert2012.ca) was the main host of this event but Jasper was given the opportunity to host all alpine events at Marmot Basin Alpine Resort (www.skimarmot.com)

Over 700 volunteers from St Alberta and Jasper had registered from opening to closing ceremonies to ensure that the 2012 Special Olympic Canada events and activities were a success.

Meet Team Alberta: http://www.specialolympics.ab.ca/meet-team-alberta

More than 80 athletes from all over Alberta, more than 20 coaches and seven mission staff formed this years Team Alberta.

There was 31 athletes on two-floor hockey teams. Five curlers. Four figure skaters. Eight athletes snowshoeing. Six  strapped on speed skates. Of the 19 people putting on skis, eight competed in  downhill and eleven cross-country.

They came from Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and everywhere in between.


At the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, Team Alberta competed on home soil for the first time in 16 years.  During the days of Games the athletes of our displayed themselves with class, determination, and very welcoming hosts for the country. Our athletes competed hard, had numberous personal bests, and made themselves and their supporters proud.

The results for Team Alberta in all the individual sports go to www.specialolympics.ab.ca/

Congratulations to all our provincial athletes and to the volunteers for making this the best Special Olympics on home soil in 19 years – Way to make us proud in 2013!

Yvonne Rempel | 780.827.1464 | yvonne.rempel@knowledgeconnector.ca

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