The 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games in Medicine Hat start tomorrow and Grande Prairie is sending a total of 39 athletes.
10-pin bowling Head coach Kelly Hollahan says they will be competing in 10-pin bowling, 5-pin bowling, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer and swimming.
“Basically, the Provincial Games, they are like qualifiers for the National Games so any of the athletes who have made it on our Grande Prairie team to go to provincials has the potential to be picked for the national team.”
The Games run from July 7 to 9 with the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Nova Scotia.
“We’re looking forward to this amazing weekend,” said Johnny Byrne, president and CEO of Special Olympics Alberta.
“We are thankful that this city has embraced the spirit of Special Olympics and has set out to dedicate the weekend to celebrate our athletes and their limitless abilities. We have strong partners that ensure we had the resources to make this weekend possible. The City of Medicine Hat, the Law Enforcement Torch for Special Olympics Alberta, the Government of Canada, Sobeys, Alberta Sport Connection and Tim Hortons all contributed to making this opportunity possible. This is our flagship event to highlight our athletes and the movement. We couldn’t be happier to be sharing this with Medicine Hat and its amazing people.”