Team Al­berta brings home 7 medals

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Diane Thomas The Drumheller Mail

Team Al­berta cel­e­brated by win­ning seven medals at the Spe­cial Olympics Win­ter Games. The Olympics were held March 1-5 in Cor­ner Brook, New­found­land.

On March 10, Drumheller res­i­dent and Alpine Ski­ing Coach, Martin McSween, spoke with The Mail, “I just re­turned from coach­ing, at the Spe­cial Olympics Canada Na­tional Games. It was quite an event with lots of fun, per­sonal bests, dis­ap­point­ments and great sur­prises.”

McSween has coached for the Alpine Ski Team since 1993 and then to the Race Pro­gram in 1997. He has been to the Na­tional’s five times.

Team Al­berta con­sisted of 65 ath­letes 20 coaches and 11 mis­sion staff. The ath­letes com­peted in alpine ski­ing, cross coun­try ski­ing, curl­ing, floor hockey, fig­ure skat­ing, snow shoe­ing and speed skat­ing.

McSween said, “Mar­ble Moun­tain was a won­der­ful venue and the hill was groomed well in ad­vance, es­pe­cially the race runs, and it was min­i­mally im­pacted by weather. How­ever, we were rained out one day, which turned out for the best, as the team was able to watch Team Al­berta com­pete in speed skat­ing, fig­ure skat­ing and floor hockey.”

McSween con­tin­ued “Ca­tri­ona LeMay Doan, dou­ble Olympian for speed skat­ing, pre­sented medals for speed skat­ing and she hung around with the ath­letes for our last race day and met with our group.

Jamie Sale, for­mer Olympian, medal pre­sen­ter for fig­ure skat­ing, was also there and she au­to­graphed one of our ath­letes jacket. The ath­letes were able to take lots of pic­tures of the Olympians.

McSween ex­pressed, “Al­to­gether, Team Al­berta earned 7 medals, 2 sil­ver and 5 bronze, which was great, for Team Al­berta to stand on the podium seven times.”

“On the last day, there was an epic snow storm and the flights were bumped up ear­lier. We re­ally had to scram­ble to get all our ath­letes, lug­gage and equip­ment to the air­port.” said McSween.

To learn more, go to http:// www. spe­cialolympics. ab. ca/ team-al­berta-2016

Al­to­gether, Team

Al­berta earned 7 medals, 2 sil­ver and 5 bronze, which was great, for Team Al­berta to stand on the

podium seven times.

Martin McSween Alpine Ski Team coach

Coach Martin McSween, far left, with his Alpine Ski team at Mar­ble Moun­tain in Cor­ner Brook, Nfld.

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