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

Brian Varga


Ken Sauer

Vice Chair/Director of Administration

Pat Grisonich

Director of Accommodation

Karen Charlton

City Liaison

Michael Anctil

Director of Facilities

Ted Rodych

Director of Finance

Darlene Keeler

Director of Food Services

Mike Doll

Director of Promotions

Tony Schmidt

Director of Safety & Communications

Jennifer Kerslake

Director of Special Events

Mike Bordun

Director of Sport

Val Miller

Director of Transportation

Les Person

Director of Volunteers

Sandy Mahon

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

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