Strathcona County receives Special Olympics torch

February 10, 2019

Strathcona County receives Special Olympics torch

Today in Calgary, Strathcona County was officially passed the Special Olympics Alberta torch, in recognition as the host community for the 2021 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games. The Games will run July 9 to 11, 2021.

“The Special Olympics Alberta Games are based on values of inclusion, accessibility and fairness which Strathcona County values as well,” says Mayor Rod Frank. “We look forward to welcoming 1,400 participants and their families to Strathcona County in July, 2021.”

It’s projected that almost 1,400 athletes, 2,500 family members and nearly 200 volunteers will be part of the Games in 2021.

Athletes will compete in 10 categories; including swimming, track and field, bocce, soccer, basketball, golf, powerlifting, 10-pin bowling, rhythmic gymnastics and softball.

The mission of Special Olympics Alberta is to enrich the lives of Albertans with intellectual disabilities through sport.

Those wishing to volunteer are encouraged to email volunteers@strathcona.ca. An active call for volunteers will happen in 2020.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595