Athlete Leadership Conference

Hosted by Special Olympics Alberta - Calgary

ALC Conference
When: Friday, March 2nd [SOC Athlete Leadership Committee meeting]
                  5:00pm - 8:00pm
           Saturday March 3rd, 2018 [Athlete Leadership Conference]
                  9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Best Western, Port O Call Hotel - 1935 McKnight Blvd NE

Sessions offered: Athlete Leadership, Peer Mentorship, Governance and Speakers Bureau

All attendees may choose one session to attend on Saturday from the options below. Athletes will learn either increased speaking skills, leadership skills or peer mentoring skills; these sessions will help enable athletes to be leaders within our organization and their communities.

To register, please contact Special Olympics Alberta-Calgary at 403-735-1022 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by February 20th at 4:00pm. No late applications will be accepted.

ATHLETE GOVERNANCE: Athletes would participate in an Athlete Governance course to prepare them for serving on Athlete Leadership Committees and promote an understanding of how Special Olympics works from an organizational perspective. This course would introduce athletes to a new role and serve as an orientation to expectations and responsibilities as a committee member.
  • Criteria: Athletes must be endorsed by the Calgary Affiliate, have been registered as an athlete for at least 3 years, have a basic understanding of leadership, and who currently sits on the Affiliate AMC as an athlete representative or is interested in being a member of the Affiliate Athlete Leadership Committee.

SPEAKERS BUREAU: Athletes will participate in a Speakers Bureau session to enhance public speaking skills and develop their own personal stories and messages to represent the Special Olympics movement. This training will be widely applicable to any setting where athletes interact with individuals and share their experiences with Special Olympics.
  • Criteria: Athletes must be endorsed by the Calgary Affiliate and have been registered as an athlete for at least 2 years. Each athlete must have a guardian/caregiver attend to assist them.

PEER MENTORSHIP: Athletes will participate in the Peer Mentorship program course (formerly known as Athlete as Program Assistants). This program provides athletes with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take on a mentorship role within a Special Olympics sport program. Peer mentors will assist the head coach within a sport program.
  • Criteria: Athletes must be endorsed by their affiliate, must be 18 years of age, and have been registered as an athlete for at least 5 years in the sport they wish to support. Athletes must be endorsed by the coach in the sport which they want to mentor, in order to ensure proper sport knowledge and are not currently involved as an athlete in sports where they will be working with athletes (or at least one level lower then themselves). Each athlete must have a guardian/caregiver attend to assist them.

NEW PILOT PROGRAM: Unified Basketball

We are very excited to bring #UnifiedSports to Calgary, as we host our first ever demonstration unified program: basketball!





Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of individuals with and without disabilities, of similar age and/or ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away. 

Our opponent is intolerance. Only shoulder-to-shoulder, as teammates together, can we defeat it.


Note: Special Olympics Alberta runs a successful Unified program in association with ASAA in schools across the Province. We are pleased to offer an opportunity for our own members to get involved in the Unified movement, as well as any volunteers or Unified partners who would like to participate in our weekly Unified program.



Team sports bring people together. In fact, a half a million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes. Join and take your place alongside the rest of our global game-changers today:

Get involved as an ATHLETE
An athlete is a registered Special Olympics Calgary member, who has an intellectual disability. Current registered athletes 8 years and older can call the office to sign up for Unified Basketball, or individuals can learn how to register an athlete and fill out the registration forms to sign someone new up with SOC.

Get involved as a UNIFIED PARTNER
A unified partner is an individual without an intellectual disability aged 16 or older, who plays on the team alongside our Special Olympics athletes. To register as a unified partner, please fill out this form, and submit it to the office.

Get involved as a COACH
All our coaches are volunteers. If you would like to coach our unified basketball team, please contact Karen Hurley ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to obtain the necessary forms to register.

Get involved as a REFEREE
All our referees are volunteers. If you would like to ref our unified basketball team, please contact Nadine Scotland ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to obtain the necessary forms to register.



**As this program will involve league game play, general basketball knowledge and skills are required. Teams will be mixed gender and ability level.

January 26, 2018 - March 23, 2018
Fridays: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Foothills Academy, 745 - 37 St NW
AND Calgary Heritage Christian Academy, 2003 McKnight Blvd NE

Program Fee: $40 (for athletes and unified partners)


We would greatly appreciate receiving your feedback on the interest of our Unified Basketball program. Please complete our one question survey by clicking here.


If you have any questions, please give our office a call at 403-735-1022.


Program Cancellations

The weather may not always cooperate with us. Please check here for program updates and cancellations throughout the year! Cancellations will be determined and posted for weekday programs by 12:00pm on program day, and weekend programs by Friday at 4:00pm. We follow the forecast off of the Weather Network


Programs Cancelled

NO PROGRAMS (except speed skating) RUNNING OVER FAMILY DAY LONG WEEKEND February 16-19

Unified Basketball
5 Pin Bowling
10 Pin Bowling
Cross Country Skiing
Active Start/FUNdamentals
Alpine Skiing
Figure Skating


This is a reminder that for the safety of all athletes, parents/guardians/caregivers dropping off participants at a facility must ensure that the facility is open, and a coach or supervisor is present before leaving the athlete at that location.

Team Alberta 2018

Team Alberta has been announced! We are proud to have athletes and volunteers representing Calgary on the Team Alberta 2018 training squad.

2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships
Charlottetown and Summerside PEI
May 15-19, 2018
2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games
Antigonish, NS
July 31 - August 4, 2018


Kelly Edwards

Justin Lee
Karen Hurley
Bradley Gosselin
Brianne Koeckeritz
James Starkewski

Greg Blais
Fern Bremault
Ethel Burns
Sheldon Cayer
Leslie Flaterud
Darrell Harsch
Michael Jamieson
David Smith
Jeff Tilley
Lori Tilley

Caroline Rippe, Coach
Faye LaPointe, Coach

Iain Cheyne
Kieran Corrigan
Jennifer Riddell
Katie Saunders
Jonathan Stel
Wade Szanik

Marie Powell, Head Coach

Jory Chan
Damion Chiodo
Alysia Gibson
Melissa Gerbrandt
Kristina Hansen
Richard Pepler
Hank Round
Lynndsay Smeltzer
Stephen Van Oosterhout
Kelsey Wood

Sandy Boisselle, Head Coach
Kaitlyn Van Bakel, Associate Coach
Bill Clark, Associate Coach
Will Shepherd
Stephen Prechner
Chris Clark
Jonathan Wilby
David Johnstone
Peter Arsenault
Kyle Leesman
Micheala Wasyliw
Bill Hurley
Jacob McPhee

Bill Matkin, Head Coach
Bill Leesman, Associate Coach
Nicole Works, Associate Coach

Erin LeBlanc
Darby Taylor
Colin Vircoe
Joan Turnbull, Head Coach
Debbie Rice, Associate Coach

Emma Bittorf
Josh Engel
Paul Oldridge
Allie Price
Darren Bittorf, Caddie
Bob Oldridge, Caddie
Al Price, Caddie
Chris Turnbull, Caddie

Vaughn Lang
David Nicholson
Scott Pagenkopf

Sandy King, Head Coach

Zoe Bates
Amber Harriman

Steven Brausse
Johanna Dias
Sarah McCarthy
Jordan, MacLeod
Wren Smith
Jodi Tanigami
Justin Thompson 
Patrick Weaver
Sallie Szanik, Head Coach
Brittany Gadzosa, Associate Coach
For the full list of facts and all of Team Alberta's roster, click here


Breakfast with Champions - Thank you

presented by QV Investors Inc

BWC 2016

Thank you to our friends and fans for joining us at our annual Breakfast with Champions event on Tuesday, October 17th. This year we hosted more than 300 guests from Calgary's corporate community, athletics enthusiasts, Special Olympics athletes, and Calgary media. Funds raised at the Breakfast support more than 850 individuals with intellectual disabilities in the Calgary area. As one of our major fundraising events, this event provides essential funding for athletic programs that fosters self-esteem, and allows our athletes to make new friends while realizing their full athletic potential.




We were joined by our special guests, our Special Olympics athletes...

Allie Price   Sarah McCarthy   JorDen Tyson2

  Allie Price                   Sarah McCarthy                    JorDen Tyson



Andrew Turnbull    Bill Hurley  Erin Gregory

Andrew Turnbull                                               Bill Hurley                                                 Erin Gregory              



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Darby Taylor                                                               Kelsey Engbloom                                                          Emma Bittorf


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Mark Evans                                                                Shane Stewart                                                   Melissa Gerbrandt


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                       Zoe Bates                                   Rachel Ryan                              Leonka Kaluha                              Heather Twells


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Amber-Lynn Flexhaug                       Sarah Peterson                                David Hall 


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Darian Rogan                                                                 Kayla Gent         










And local sport celebrities


Brian Burke
Breakfast with Champions Honorary Chair


catriona kyleshewfelt 

Catriona LeMay Doan                           Kyle Shewfelt       
 Olympic Speed Skater                          Olympics Gymnast     
Guest Speaker                                  Guest Speaker 

Mikael Backlund2    Lisa longball    Erica Wiebe2

                               Mikael Backlund                             Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyck                        Erica Wiebe             
                                          Calgary Flames                                      Longball Golfer                                Olympic Wrestler                     



Alex Singleton    Jameer Thurman    Chris Spring

                   Alex Singleton                                      Jameer Thurman                                 Chris Spring
                Calgary Stampeders                                Calgary Stampeders                            Olympic Bobsledder


Dougie Hamilton    Matthew Tkachuk    Freddie Hamilton

       Dougie Hamilton                                                          Matthew Tkachuk                                                Freddie Hamilton
      Calgary Flames                                                         Calgary Flames                                                     Calgary Flames


AndrewMcBride thumb2     Bob snider     Jason LaBarbera

Andrew McBride                                          Bob Snider                                         Jason LaBarbera
Calgary Roughnecks Alumni                          Calgary Roughnecks                             Calgary Hitmen Coach        


Martin Gelinas    Lanny McDonald Flames   Brett Kulak

Martin Gelnias                                      Lanny McDonald                                        Brett Kulak



Thank you to our amazing event sponsors:


        QV Invenstors 
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              Buchanan Barry                               Tuxedo Source for Sports
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West Jet
Flames Foundation for Life
Bob and Nancy Engbloom
Big Al's Texturing Ltd.
S. Goguen Professional Corporation
Spolumbos Fine Foods and Deli





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