It starts with determination and ends in pure joy.
Witness Pure Joy in Medicine Hat!
The 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games is taking place in Medicine Hat from July 7 to 9. Medicine Hat will host the largest Provincial Summer Games with over 1,400 athletes and coaches from across the province. Athletes will compete in 11 summer sports: 5 and 10 pin bowling, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball and swimming.
“Special Olympics has helped me meet new people and compete at a level I never thought was possible.”- Andrew Chamczuk, Special Olympics athlete from Spruce Grove.
Medicine Hat has a proud history of Special Olympics. It has been over 20 years since Medicine Hat hosted a Special Olympics Alberta Games. Their pride as host city is evident with the creation of the games logo by 14 year old Bailey McCann from Medicine Hat which incorporates the Finlay Bridge and the sun.
“A bridge also symbolizes travel and journey, as well as connection, which I think athletes and anybody associated with the Games has experienced,” said McCann.
“It also features the sun, because Medicine Hat is the sunniest city in Canada … A sun symbolizes power, growth and health. I chose to incorporate it because I believe each athlete, or anyone associated, has had power, growth or health.”
A momentous event like the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games is driven by the dedicated people of the city from the Games Organizing Committee (GOC), volunteers and local sponsors.
“The GOC is made up of seasoned veterans that have volunteered with numerous provincial games overs many years that Medicine Hat has hosted. The Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games is in great hands with this very gifted group of individuals,” says Brian Varga, chair of the GOC.
Games Organizing Committee
Vice Chair/Director of Administration
Director of Accommodation
Director of Facilities
Director of Finance
Director of Food Services
Director of Promotions
Director of Safety & Communications
Director of Special Events
Director of Sport
Director of Transportation
Director of Volunteers
Chair of Special Olympics Alberta-Medicine Hat
About Special Olympics Alberta
Special Olympics Alberta is dedicated to enriching the lives of Albertans with intellectual disabilities through the transformative power and joy of sport. Incorporated in 1980, Special Olympics Alberta offers 11 summer sports and seven winter sports which cater to all ages and a wide range of abilities to over 3,000 athletes in more than 140 communities. We provide world class sports programs that run daily by over 1,000 volunteers. For more information on Special Olympics Alberta, visit www.specialolympics.ab.ca.
2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games
Special Olympics Canada announced that Antigonish, Nova Scotia, will host the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games. This will be the second time the province of Nova Scotia has held a National Summer Games, having last hosted the event in 1994.
Athletes competing in the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games have the opportunity to earn a spot to represent Alberta in the National Games.
For more information about the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, go to www.specialolympics.ca.