Provincial Winter Games 2019
    

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Special Olympics Alberta

Provincial Winter Games

February 8-10, 2019
Calgary, AB

Alpine Skiing - 5 Pin Bowling - Cross Country Skiing - Curling - Figure Skating - Floor Hockey - Snowshoeing - Speed Skating

 

Team Calgary

Team: 337 members
Athletes: 258
Coaches: 65
Team Volunteers: 14
Sports: 8

 

 

 Visit the Provincial Games Website for venues, sport schedule and results:

Provincial Winter Games 2019

  

 

 Click on an athlete below, to hear their #SOTeamYYC story

Player Card - Brianne Koeckeritz           Player Card - Connor Willcocks

Player Card - Kyle Leesman

Player Card - Dylan Deuchar           Player Card - Jocelyn Leesman

Player Card - David Johnstone

Player Card - Jonathan Stel           Player Card - Kelsey Engbloom

Player Card - Allsopp


Player Card - Fern Bremault           Player Card - Jean Pierre

 Player Card - snowshoeing

Player Card - Jacob England           Player Card - JorDen Tyson

Player Card - Darby and Leonka

 

Player Card - Kyle V           Player Card - Lori C

Player Card - Heidi Rudolph

 

 

 

 

 

Global Calgary

We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to the Provincial Games media partner, Global Calgary, for all their help in producing the PSA in support of the Games. Our athletes spent the day in the spotlight, representing their sport and feeling like movie stars! It was an incredible experience and we can’t thank the team at Global Calgary enough for their support.

We also had the help of two amazing athletes and friends of the organization, Catriona Le May Doan and Kyle Shewfelt. They have both been fantastic ambassadors for Special Olympics Alberta and the Alberta Winter Games and we are so grateful for their support.

Thank you to everyone involved for such a wonderful day. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos of our athletes preparing for their debut on the big screen!

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Strength. Sport. Spirit

 

 

 
Calgary Flames Game contest

Want to cheer on our Calgary Flames Saturday, March 2nd, 2019?

Special Olympics Calgary athletes can learn how to win your way below!

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Our friend Mikael Backlund has arranged an amazing opportunity for our athletes! You can watch him and his teammates play the Minnesota Wild on Saturday March 2nd from a private suite! All you have to do is read all the contest details below, and enter your submission by Sunday, January 27th at 11:59pm.

 

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST

Send us a video (minimum 30 secs long, maximum 3 mins) of the Special Olympics athlete sharing why they should be chosen to be part of this special experience.

Some ideas: Tell us how much you love the Flames, why you love the Flames, how long you have been a Flames fan, who is your favourite Flames player(s), who you would bring with you on this experience, show us a special cheer you would use at the game,etc.
Show your personality and be creative!

Can't send in a video? Complete the form attached here (the more information you provide the better) and send in the completed form and a photo of the athlete to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , by the deadline to be entered.

 

CONTEST RULES

  • Individual must be a 2018-2019 registered athlete with Special Olympics Calgary to be eligible to win.
  • Video entry must be minimum 30 seconds long, and maximum 3 minutes.
  • Contest entry must be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and received before the deadline: Sunday, January 27th at 11:59pm. We will not be accepting any late entries. Please try not to send your video in too close to the deadline to account for any technical errors or in case the video doesn’t work. You can either send it through email, dropbox, or send us a link to view on youtube.
  • You will receive a confirmation email that we have received your video and entry for the contest. If you do not receive a response within 2 business days, please contact the office at 403-735-1022.
  • Contest winners will be selected the week of January 28th, and only the winners will be contacted by February 1st.
  • Athletes selected as winners will receive two (2) tickets to the Saturday, March 2, 2019 Flames game. They must be used by the athlete and their guest themselves, and cannot be sold or given away.
  • If an athlete who won tickets can no longer attend the event, they are held responsible to contact the SOC office to notify them so another athlete can have the opportunity to go.
  • Any misuse of the tickets, misbehaviour at the event, failure to pick up your tickets or attend the event, can impact your eligibility of special events in the future.
  • This is not a Special Olympics event. We are only providing tickets to our members for this opportunity. There will be no volunteers, coaches or staff present with responsibilty for the athlete. Athletes attending will be responsible for themselves and their guest in attendance, or their guest must be a caregiver if they require support. As you are accepting the tickets on behalf of Special Olympics Calgary, please act responsibly and adhere to the SOC Code of Conduct.

 

 

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Registration 2018-2019

This year we are excited to announce that the national database has been released, which means we will be offering online registration for our members for 2018-2019! Although we are switching to online registration, we will continue to accept paper registration as well. We know that change isn't always easy, so we have laid out the new registration procedures below. We ask that you take the time to read through the resources available below to help answer any questions you might have before contacting the office. We are expecting a large volume of questions during this time, so it may take 1-2 business days for a response. If you require assistance, please consider signing up for an Online Registration Assistance session on Tuesday, August 28th.
 

 Please view the resources below, to help assist you in the 2018-2019 Registration Process. Click on each area to reveal more information.
 
       ONLINE REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE SESSIONS
         If you need access to a computer or assistance in the registration process

      
REGISTRATION TIMELINE
         Learn more about important dates coming up

       HOW TO REGISTER
         The online system offers three different ways to register depending on the athlete's situation.

       NEW ATHLETES
          Brand new with SOC? Learn how to sign up here

      
PAPER REGISTRATION
        If you have no email address, you can still register via paper!

      
PAY FOR PROGRAMS
         Program Payment Day on Saturday, September 8th

      
VOLUNTEERS
         
How to sign up as a volunteer

•      
2018-2019 Sport Programs 
        Program details, locations and fees for the upcoming year

 

Online registration button

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the portal?
The Special Olympics Canada online portal allows you to review and edit individual program, medical information, sign up for programs and make payments. This portal is structured like many sites that use login, because it is linked to one email account and is accessed by a password you create. Because of this restriction, it is important that the email address entered for the athlete is accessible and does not change frequently, as this is the email address used to login to the portal.


Why use the portal?
Although you do not need to register for the portal in order to complete program registration, there are several advantages to creating a portal account. You will be able to review and change program registrations and athlete contact and medical information, register for programs and make payments. Additionally, you can use this portal login to register in future years, meaning that you will not need to complete such an extensive online or paper form in program registration each year. We strongly encourage all of our members to enroll in the portal.


The athlete rarely uses their email address, which email should we use?

That depends on whether or not the athlete is their own guardian. If they are their own guardian and are registering themself, they should be using their own email address and making sure they check their email for program and organizational updates. If the individual is not their own guardian, register as a NEW ATHLETE, and complete the forms on behalf of that individual, so you can enter your own email address to have access to the account, as well as the athlete's email under their own information, which will allow for two separate log ins.


I am registering on behalf of an athlete, why are they asking for my birthdate?

The portal requires 4 standard fields to be completed for each individual that registers. Those fields are first name, last name, email address and birthdate. With this information they will create your own account so you can log in and access the athlete's profile that you are registering.


I am a returning athlete/volunteer, but the system is not able to find me. What information do I enter?

- Try entering your full name, instead of the name you go by
- CALL THE OFFICE 403-735-1022 as we have had some errors on the system of individuals information, and all fields must match exactly to find your profile.
- Make sure that you are using the email that you submitted to Special Olympics in the past. If your email has changed and you no longer have access to that account, contact the office


I do not have an email address, can I still use the online registration system?
Unfortunately, no. In order to create an account on the Portal, you must have an email address. You can print out and complete a paper form [by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ] and follow the paper registration steps.


I am a caregiver looking after multiple athletes. Can I use my email address to create an account to register each athlete?
You can only use an email address once to create an account, so contact the office so we can set yourself up with an account to access more than one athlete.


I am a guardian/parent/caregiver who volunteers and is wanting to register a/an athlete(s) under the same email address. What do I do?
Please call the office before signing up for registration if you plan on registering more than one person (athlete or volunteer) under one email address.


What Region/Zone am I to register with Special Olympics Calgary?

Calgary is Zone 3


Why can't I find any programs on the Program Search Criteria page?

- Registration may not be available if you are searching before August 6th or between August 24 - September 11th
- There may be too many fields filled out.
  Only put in the Chapter, Region and Community to maximize your search results
    Chapter/Province/Territory: SO Alberta
    Region: Region/Zone 3
    Community: Calgary

DO NOT ENTER THE POSTAL CODE, DISTANCE, or DAY OF THE WEEK!
 

How do I register for more than one program?

Unfortunately, you can only select one program at a time. We understand it isn't the most convenience option, but the system is still developing at the moment, and once you complete your information and submit your program enrollment, a button will appear if you would like to add another enrollment.


How do I pay for my programs? Are programs free because it says $0?
Unfortunately not. We are not offering online payments at this time, which is why the system shows as $0. To view your programs fee please click here.

We will continue to host a 'registration' day in September, but it will now be known as the Program Payment Day. Athletes will need to come on this day to pay for their sports, collect their 2018-2019 program calendar, visit our free inventory (clothing and collectibles) giveaways and socialize with other athletes.Saturday September 8th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Heritage Christian Academy
2003 McKnight Blvd NE

We will continue to accept cash or cheque only. If you cannot make it to the Program Payment Day, payments can be made by cash or cheque and dropped off at our office, or mailed in. Payments must be received by October 1st.


How do I register for the portal?

You will be prompted to complete portal enrollment at the completion of signing up as/on behalf of an athlete or volunteer into a program enrollment. You will receive an email after your program registration is approved.


How do I find my way through the portal?

You can understand how to navigate through the portal as an athlete, volunteer, or other member here

 

Caregiver/Guardian who is connected to a registered athlete? Here is how you manage them in the portal
You must contact the office to be given portal access to another individual. Once you have been confirmed to receive access, you must create a portal account with your own credentials, by filling in your own information under PORTAL USER REGISTRATION. Once you click on the link you received in your email, proceed to log in. When you log in, you will see the following landing page:

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Scroll down to Volunteer Roles, and you should see Family Admin as one of your options. Press the red continue button.

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Once the page reloads, you should have a larger menu on the right hand side. The first part of options are for YOU. If you click on Athlete-Join Program you will be signing yourself up as an athlete. If you click on Volunteer-Join Program, you will be signing yourself up as a volunteer. Use the second part of the menu to view and manage the athlete(s) profile.

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Three main buttons you will most commonly use are the following:

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To update the athlete's information click on FAMILY LINKED PARTICIPANTS, and then on the square with the pencil in it by their name, to view and edit their profile information.

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Make sure to click submit on the bottom to save any changes.

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QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 403-735-1022 for any questions on registration,
or to receive a Registration Package via email or mail.
Please expect a response within 2-3 business days due to anticipated high volume

 

We do not accept credit or debit at our office. Cash and cheque ONLY
For more information on Special Olympics Calgary programs, registration or eligibility please contact us
 
Online Store NOW OPEN!

Special Olympics Calgary's online store is now open for you to purchase your own SOC clothing pieces!

Follow the steps below, to get your SOC swag:

 

Step 1: Visit the online store and enter the Sale Code: SOC2018

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 sale code

 

Step 2: Make sure you read the important details at the top

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Step 3: Browse the selection and shop away!

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Step 4: Know your options

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Step 5: Select your item(s) and add to cart

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Step 6: Continue shopping or checkout

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Step 7: Review item(s) selected in cart

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Step 8: Fill in your information

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Step 9: Payment

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Step 10: Review the final order, Submit, and Review delivery schedule and pick up order details

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Program Cancellations


In Calgary we experience varying weather conditions anytime throughout the year, so there will be days that the weather will affect programs because of the venue conditions or transportation. Special Olympics Calgary puts the safety and well being of athletes and volunteers at the forefront, and because the weather may not always cooperate with us, please check here for program updates and cancellations throughout the year.


Program Update:

Day Updated: February 22nd
Time Updated: 12:46pm

 

Fall/Winter Programs
PROGRAM STATUS

Active Start/FUNdamentals


CANCELLED
February 24

5 Pin Bowling
RUNNING
February 23

10 Pin Bowling


RUNNING
February 23

Alpine Skiing
CANCELLED
February 24

Cross Country Skiing
NO PROGRAM
February 23

Curling


RUNNING
February 24

Figure Skating
RUNNING
February 24

Floor Hockey


-


Health & Wellness 1
-

Snowshoeing
CANCELLED
February 24

SOC jacket and snowshoe return only
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Glenmore Park parking lot

Speed Skating
-


Swimming


Youth:
-

Novice:
-

Intermediate:
-


Adv:
-

 

Spring/Summer Sports
PROGRAM STATUS
Athletics
STARTING ON:

Nov/Int: April 8th
Advanced: March 4th

Basketball
STARTING ON:

Dev/Nov: April 3rd
Int: March 13th
Adv: March 12th

Bocce


STARTING ON:

April 20th

Golf
STARTING ON:

Dev Lessons 1: May 7th
Dev Lessons 2: June 4
Youth/Int/Adv: May 7th

Health & Wellness 2
STARTING ON:
April 16th

Powerlifting
STARTING ON:

March 6th

Rhythmic Gymnastics
STARTING ON:

*needing coaches*
Temporarily cancelled

Soccer
STARTING ON:

April 4th

Softball
STARTING ON:

April 7th

 

STATUS

          -           : Program is running unless told otherwise.
                        Check back by the appropriate posted cancellation timeline listed below to see an updated status.

CANCELLED: The program is cancelled on the date listed. Confirm with the coach/office that you are aware of the cancellation

RUNNING    : The program is confirmed to run.

 

 

What is Special Olympics Calgary's weather policy?

Programs will be cancelled when temperatures exceed the following

Indoor programs: temperature is below -30 degrees (including wind chill)
Outdoor programs: temperature is below -20 degrees or above +30 degrees (including heat index)

Programs may be cancelled due to other factors: road conditions, venue availability, volunteer ratio, etc.


When will a decision be made and announced?

Making the decision if a program should run on days with inclement weather is a difficult process as weather can vary in different areas of the city, and change drastically in short periods of time. We know how much our athletes love to play their sports, and volunteers enjoy seeing the athletes, but we have to focus on our members safety, and take many factors into consideration:

- Hourly forecast and temperature for the day/evening from the Weather Network
- Projected rain/snowfall/air quality
- Venue conditions
- Road conditions and travel time
- Previous cancellations for that program


CANCELLATION TIMELINE
Cancellations will be determined and posted as the following:

Weekday programs: By noon the day of the program
Saturday programs: By 4:00pm on the Friday
Sunday programs: By 4:00pm on the Saturday

Please do not call the office to inquire if your program is running or not. This page will be updated as soon as a final decision has been made.

 

What happens if the program is cancelled?

This page will be updated by the stated time above. You will also receive an email notification (or a phone call if you do not have email) from your head coach or the office to advise you of the cancellation. Once you receive the message, please confirm with the party contacting you that you are aware of the cancellation. If we don't hear from all members, someone is required to go to the venue to let members know of the cancellation upon their arrival. If we know all members know it is cancelled, no individual has to risk their safety in the concerned conditions. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please remember to always notify your head coach when you know you will not be at the program. This way, if the program is cancelled and you are out of town or the country, the coach does not have to wait to hear from you.

 
What happens if the program is still running but the conditions are less than ideal?

SOC attempts to make the best decision possible for members. If the program is scheduled to run, individuals may use their own discretion to decide to face the weather or road conditions. If members attend their program, but the weather takes a turn, we ask that coaches use their best judgement when it comes to starting or finishing their game or practice. Please make sure you contact your head coach to let them know if you are not planning to attend your program (weather related or not).

 

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 coordinator is present before leaving the athlete at that location.

 

 

 
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