Special Olympics Drumheller, Alpine Ski team wraps up season
Drumheller Special Olympic Skiers were busy this season training f or up coming competition.
It was a low key season for the local athletes, as it was an off competition year, how- ever they showed dedication.
Three Drumheller athletes Mitchell Pennington, Quinn Delise and Jay Dekeyser, participated in dr yland training weekly a tt he Drumheller Community F acility f rom November, 2016 t o Mar ch, 2017. The t eam c ompleted two on snow training da ys at the Nakiska Ski Resort on Sunday, January, 15 and S aturday, February 4, 2017. They were fortunate with having positive we ather and g reat snow conditions at the resort this year. The skiers were scheduled for a third development dayat Canyon Ski Resort which was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Drumheller racing athletes were involved in ‘Dry land Training’ activities weekly( Wednesday eve- nings 5:30-6:30 pm, October, 2016 - March, 2017) prior to and during the on snow sessions mentioned above at the Drum hell er Community Facility.
Olds competition athletes completed on snow training with us this year at Nakiska Ski Resort. We saw marked improvement in skill development in preparation for next year’s official qualifying ski race for the next Special Olympics Alberta provincials in 2019.
On behalf of the athletes and coaches from Special Olympics Drumheller and Olds, coach Martin McSween is grateful for the support of Doug and Jason of Western GM Drumheller, who sponsored a van for our transportation to Nakiska. Pat Scatter good, Colleen Pennington, Karen Men gerson offered behind the scene support and encouragement.
He adds that staff at the Badlands Community Facility were supportive of the team as were Cody Pat ton who performed dry land and on snow coaching, Murray Elliott and Shelley McInnis and family for on snow coaching and lodge support.
The season wrapped up for local Special Olympic Alpine Skiers, who had a low key off competition season of training.