Holiday Celebration

We invite all registered Special Olympics Calgary athletes and volunteers and their guest to join us at our Holiday Celebration, December 2, 2022!


The Holiday Celebration gives us a special chance to gather together again and recognize some of our outstanding volunteers and their milestone years of service to our organization.
The evening will be celebrated in holiday style with festive decor, a buffet dinner, and include presentations and finish the
night with a dance! Dress up in your holiday best, and join us for this great event!


Friday, December 2nd, 2022

Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association
5600 Centre Street North

Doors open: 5:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm
Finishes: 8:30pm


RSVP by: Tuesday, November 22nd

Athlete: $5
Volunteer: $5
Guest: $15

Caregivers, parents and one to one support in attendance are considered guests.
Each member can bring one guest with them.
Payments can be made with cash or cheque at the Event.








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 of a variety of circumstances, we may have to cancel programs. Please check here for program updates and cancellations throughout the year.

Program Update
November 18, 2022
Time Updated: 9:02am



       -        : 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.

2022-2023 Fall/Winter Sports


December 18th - January 2nd
February 18th - 20th

Alpine Skiing


5 Pin Bowling


10 Pin Bowling



Cross Country Ski





Figure Skating


Floor Hockey








Starting Nov 15

Starting Nov 22




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, major snow or icestorm, venue availability, or not enough volunteers to meet the ratio, etc.

When will a decision be made and announced?

The decision to cancel any programs will be made by the Executive Director. 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

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.

Members should always be prepared for the possibility that they show up to a program and it could be cancelled when they arrive due to not having enough volunteers to run the program safely.


What happens if the program is cancelled?

This page will be updated by the stated time above. You will receive an email notification from the office, followed up by a phone call from your head coach or program volunteer advising 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 make sure to monitor your emails or phone for any messages. Parents/Caregivers should also be easily reachable by phone by the Program Head Coach in case the program is cancelled right at the start of the program practice.

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.


Final Reminder

If you feel unwell or have the following symptoms: fever, cough or respiratory symptoms such as sore throat or runny nose, or shortness of breath, STAY HOME. An important way to reduce the spread of flu and illness is to keep sick people away from those who are not sick. Therefore, any athlete or volunteer who has flu symptoms should stay home and not come to program.

Some helpful tips to be proactive and reduce the spread of any illnesses is to wash your hands with soap and water often, avoid shaking hands, cover your cough or sneeze, try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, social distance where applicable, and stay home when you are sick. Special Olympics Calgary and Head Coaches have the right to refuse an individual's participation if they are showing signs of being ill.



2022-2023 Spring/Summer Sports
Athletics Development
Starts March 6, 2023
Starts March 6, 2023
Starts March 6, 2023
 Basketball Development
Starting April 12, 2023
Starting April 12, 2023
Starting March 8, 2023
Starting March 6, 2023
Starting March 6, 2023
(demonstration Program)

Starting March 12, 2023


Starting April 29, 2023

Golf    Youth
Starting May 2, 2023
Starting May 2, 2023
Advanced NORTH
Starting May 2, 2023
Advanced SOUTH
Starting May 7, 2023
Health & Wellness
Walk/Run Club
(Demonstration Program)
Starting April 18, 2023
Powerlifting Starting March 1, 2023
Rhythmic Gymnastics Starting March 1, 2023
Soccer Starting April 6, 2023
Softball Development
Starting April 23, 2023
Starting April 23, 2023
Starting April 23, 2023
Starting April 23, 2023
Swimming Intermediate
Starting TBD
Starting TBD





Breakfast with Champions 2022

           presented by QV Investors Inc

Rise and Shine… We invite you to join us at the 9th Annual Breakfast with Champions in support of Special Olympics Calgary!

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This annual fundraising event gives sports fans the chance to support an amazing cause, while rubbing shoulders with some of Calgary's most celebrated sport celebrities as well as Special Olympics Calgary ambassadors. The last breakfast hosted more than 275 guests from Calgary’s corporate community, athletics enthusiasts, Special Olympics Athletes, and Calgary media. Funds raised at the Breakfast support more than 800 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.

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

The Telus Club - Scotiabank Saddledome
555 Saddledome Rise SE

Program: Official Program starts at 7:00am and will conclude by 9:30am
Doors open at 6:30am



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Visit our online Silent Auction NOW LIVE to make a bid on some incredible prizes to help support our Special Olympics athletes. Auction closes on October 27th at 9:00am.



Join our special guests, our Special Olympics athletes,

and local sport celebrities

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       Mikael Backlund                 Andrew Mangiapane             Rasmus Andersson
Calgary Flames                        Calgary Flames                     Calgary Flames    


  Perry Berezan                    Jamie Macoun                   Lanny McDonald 
  NHL Alumni                        NHL Alumni                           NHL Alumni   
  Kyle Shewfelt              Lisa "longball" Vlooswyk                 Zach Currier                   Riley Fiddler-Schultz
Olympian - Gymnastics             Canadian National                  Calgary Roughnecks                 Calgary Hitmen          
Long Ball Champion                                                 
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 Keiran Burnham                           Aaron Crawford                            Rene Parades
     Calgary Stampeders                         Calgary Stampeders                    Calgary Stampeders    
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     Brett Gallant                                   Jocelyn Peterman
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Haley Daniels                                             Ben Hebert                                       Amy Nixon
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    Olympian - Wrestling                             Olympian - Curling      
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 Darryl Sutter                        Brad Treliving                         John Hufnagel   
          Calgary Flames                        Calgary Flames                       Calgary Stampeders        
                                                                                                President & GM/Alumni   

Our wonderful MC for the morning:     

Pat Steinberg
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Thank you to our amazing event sponsors:


             QV Investors 
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Complimentary parking can be found at the North Parkade and Surface Lot A.

Please enter through the Scotiabank Saddledome Dome Club entrance located on the north side of the Saddledome near the Calgary Flames and Ticketmaster Ticket Offices.

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Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships


We have six athletes apart of Canadian Down Syndrome Swimming Association (CDSSA) who are representing Team Canada at the 10th Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships 2022. This event is being hosted and sanctioned by the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organization (DSISO).

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Congratulations to our swimmers...
Jordan MacLeod
Matthew Smyth
Juliana Tran
Patrick Weaver
Joshua Weaver
Abby Wilson
10th Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships 
October 15-23, 2022
Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
You can view the competition schedule and watch the livestream to follow along on Juliana Tran, Matthew Smyth, Joshua Weaver, Patrick Weaver, Abby Wilson and Jordan MacLeod's results.

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(Note: You will need to create a free login to watch the livestream of the meet)
Team Canada 2023

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Next summer, Special Olympics athletes, coaches and mission staff from across Canada will be travelling to Berlin, Germany for the Special Olympics World Summer Games from June 17-25th, 2023. We are proud and excited to have 7 athletes and 2 volunteers from Calgary as part of the Team Canada Training Squad!


Athletics - Jennifer Riddell

Basketball - William Shepherd

Basketball - Michaela Wasyliw

Bocce - Kyle Vogelgesang

Golf - Allie Price

Powerlifting - David Nicholson

Swimming - Abby Wilson


Coaches and Mission Staff

Athletics Head Coach - Marie Powell

Bocce Mission Staff - Karen Hurley


Training Coaches

Basketball - Bill Leesman

Bocce - Caroline Rippe

Golf - Al Price

Powerlifting - Curtis Howden

Swimming - Joan Gunn-Allard


This Team will be the first to wear the new perennial logo for Special Olympics Canada’s National Team Program.

The iconic maple leaf is re-invented with three shapes linked together that define our founding principle of inclusion, as well as the shared unity and sportsmanship of our athletes. For the first time in our history, Special Olympics Team Canada members for years to come will all be unified under the same banner.  

For more information on Team Canada you can visit the website: Special Olympics Canada


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