Meet Madison, Declan and Evan - our 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games ambassadors! You'll notice our three ambassadors out in the Strathcona County community as they attend and speak at events, interview athletes and support partnerships in the lead-up to the Games.
Our ambassadors are proudly sponsored by Pembina, the Inclusion Sponsor for the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games.
Below you'll get to know Madison, Declan and Evan as they share some of their personal interests, history with Special Olympics and what they hope to achieve as ambassadors.
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- Age: 23
- Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta
- Sport(s): Golf, Soccer & Snowshoeing
Madison has previously competed in the Provincial Summer Games in Medicine Hat (Golf - 2017) and Provincial Winter Games in Calgary (Figure Skating - 2019).
Fun facts like other jobs, hobbies or personal goals Madison would like to share
I am a competitive athlete who has a passion for golf and soccer. I love music, singing and dancing. I am aspiring to be an actress and I am always looking for opportunities to get involved in the community to show everyone that those with special needs have many talents!
What Madison is most looking forward to in the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games
What I am looking forward to the most is cheering on my friends and being an Influencer & Advocate for those with Intellectual Disabilities. It is cool that the games will be in the community in which I live in!
What Madison brings to the table as an ambassador in the community
I will work hard to spread the word about the games in the community. I am very outgoing and like to perform in front of large crowds as I have “No Fear” and a “Can Do Attitude”. I will cheer loud and make sure all the athletes are feeling positive and having fun!
What inclusion in sport means to Madison
It means that everyone has an opportunity to participate no matter their ability! Gives me a chance to compete, meet new people and show the world how great I am!
- Age: 20
- Hometown: St.Albert, Alberta
- Sport(s): Floor Hockey, Bowling, Curling, Golf
Declan has previously competed in the 2019 Winter games in Calgary.
Fun facts like other jobs, hobbies or personal goals Declan would like to share
- Some hobbies of mine are taking the bus and playing Xbox
- Another fun fact about me is that I went to Bellerose Composite High school
What Declan is most looking forward to in the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games
What I’m looking forward to most with the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games hosted in Strathcona County: Is seeing all the communities come together and compete against each other.
What Declan brings to the table as an ambassador in the community
Promoting the games and talking about the games on the media
What inclusion in sport means to Declan
What inclusion in sport means to me is that athletes with special needs can play just like regular people do.
- Age: 36
- Hometown: Parkland County, Alberta
- Sport(s): Speed Skating, Floor Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Swimming, Cross-Country Skiing
Evan has previously competed in eight Provincial Games, five National Games, one Worlds Games, two Western Canada Games, one Canada Games.
Fun facts like other jobs, hobbies or personal goals Evan would like to share
I enjoy part-time construction framing houses, camping, biking, water skiing, wake boarding and building Lego Technic vehicles. I hope to keep learning to train, compete and stay healthy.
What Evan is most looking forward to in the 2023 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games
So many things from the opening ceremonies, venues, food, dance, weather and seeing old friends and making new ones.
What Evan brings to the table as an ambassador in the community
An experienced Athlete that can keep growing as an individual, teammate that can inspire others that you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
What inclusion in sport means to Evan
Inclusion to me is seeing athletes experienced and new working together as one, making memories together.
Limited edition t-shirts by Candice Bagan
Candice's shirts are available for purchase at Millennium Place for $30, while supplies last. Proceeds go towards supporting accessible and inclusive cultural programming in Strathcona County.