Spe­cial Olympics Drumheller, Alpine Ski team wraps up sea­son

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS -

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.

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The sea­son wrapped up for lo­cal Spe­cial Olympic Alpine Skiers, who had a low key off competition sea­son of train­ing.

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