Seven Manitoba Athletes Bringing Home Twelve World Winter Games Medals

Seven Manitoba Athletes Bringing Home Twelve World Winter Games Medals  

Special Olympics Manitoba sent seven athletes and three coaches to represent Team Canada at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. All seven Manitoba athletes will be coming home with a World Winter Games medal around their neck! Team Canada has 108 Special Olympics athletes, plus 35 mission staff and coaches. The six sports Team Canada have participated in are: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing and speed skating.

The three Winnipeg floor hockey athletes on Team Canada West played in the gold medal on the last day of the Games vs Team South Africa. Team Canada West fought hard, Team South Africa came out on top 3-0.

The ten Manitoban Team Canada members return with their twelve World Winter Games medals Saturday (March 25) evening. 

“I’m very proud of our athletes,” said Special Olympics Manitoba, President & CEO - Jennifer Campbell. “I’m excited to see everyone at the airport on Saturday evening.”

Flight home:

Toronto to Winnipeg

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March 25 at 6:35pm

Arriving at 8:15pm

Checkout the Special Olympics Canada Flickr page here: Team Canada Flickr

Floor Hockey Athlete from Winnipeg (25 years old)

Silver Medal - Team Canada West


Floor Hockey Athlete from Winnipeg (20 years old)

Silver Medal - Team Canada West 


Floor Hockey Athlete from Winnipeg (28 years old)

Silver Medal - Team Canada West


Snowshoe Athlete from Morden (37 years old)

Gold Medal - 100M Snowshoe Race with a (44.94) time

Bronze Medal – 200M Snowshoe Race with a (2:10.66) time


Snowshoe Athlete from Russell (42 years old)

Bronze Medal - 200M Snowshoe Race with a (1:15.93) time

Bronze Medal – 100M Snowshoe Race with a (24.54) time

Gold Medal – 4x100M Snowshoe Race with a (1:35.80) time


Snowshoe Athlete from Altona (22 years old)

Bronze Medal - 200M Snowshoe Race with a (52.15) time

Silver Medal – 4x100M Snowshoe Race with a (1:39.50) time


Alpine Skier from Winnipeg (25 years old)

Silver Medal - AS Alpine Intermediate Slalom with a (1:17.54) score

Bronze Medal - AS Alpine Intermediate Giant Slalom with a (1:55.98) score


Team Canada, snowshoe Head Coach: Joanne has been involved with Special Olympics for the past 24 years, starting while in junior high school, she has made Special Olympics a part of her daily life.  Special Olympics has helped shape Joanne into the person that she is and has helped to guide her in her career as a Resource Teacher as well.  Having the opportunity to attend her 5th World Games is a very humbling experience.  Coaching both basketball and snowshoeing, Joanne spends most of the year with her athletes, on the court or on the snow.  Creating positive opportunities for her athletes is what keeps her motivated and coming back for more.  With this year's Team Canada snowshoe team, Joanne's goal is to make this the best snowshoe team Team Canada has ever seen!!
Goal for Austria 2017- To have every athlete medal at the Games and to come home with a personal best in BOTH of their events.  To ensure that every athlete and coach has a positive experience and will consider Nationals and Worlds again in the future!


Team Canada, snowshoeing: Sabrina has been involved with Special Olympics for 12 years and has gone to three National games. This will be my first World Games and I’m excited to see all the athletes from world compete.
Goal for Austria 2017: To ensure athletes have a good experience and are ready for competition. Also to have fun.


Team Canada, alpine ski coach: Ron’s first experience coaching Special Olympics was in 2003. He volunteered to train an athlete for Alpine ski to prepare for the 2004 Canada Games. He has continued coaching the local alpine ski club, as well as prepare for Provincial Games and Canada Games. He has been the head coach for the only alpine ski club in Manitoba and the head coach for Manitoba at the 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 Canada Games. The upcoming 2017 World Games will his first experience at a Special Olympics World Games and he is very excited to be an associate coach with a group of dedicated, well qualified coaches in alpine ski. He is looking forward to seeing the athletes involved from so many countries, how skilled the athletes are in alpine ski and enjoy the culture of the host country. He has gained many lifelong friends from my experiences in Special Olympics.
Goals for Austria 2017: To have our athletes well prepared to compete to the best of their ability.To share experiences with our athletes this will help them to enjoy the excitement of these World Games.To help the athletes to enjoy the friendships and culture of the host country, Austria and to get the best experience in competition that they can.


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