The Lacombe and District Special Olympics team is looking for athletes for the Fall and Winter sports programs.

Organizer and Chair for Lacombe and District, Dwayne Campbell says they have been busy preparing for the new season.

"Over the past few weeks we've been going through the process of registering  past athletes and volunteers, and now just looking out to the community for any potential interest from new athletes."

For the Fall and Winter programs, the Special Olympic athletes will compete in 5-pin bowling and swimming.

Registration for 5-pin bowling – at Ambassador Bowling Lanes, Lacombe.

The weekly schedule will be Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:45 P.M. and Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:45 P.M., October through April. The annual registration fee is $125.00.

Registration for swimming- at Burman Univ. Athletic Center ,Lacombe.

The weekly schedule will be Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30P.M. , October through April. The annual registration fee is $75.00.

Campbell says there are a lot of athletes from our area who register for the programs. "Basically we get about 40 bowlers split between the afternoons and evenings, and probably about 20 swimmers."

photo of special olympic athletes

Campbell also talks about the eligibility for potential athletes living in our area. "As far as age, it's a very broad group from kids in junior high to individuals that are seniors in their late 60's and early 70's. It's also a broad range with individual disabilities. We look at people who have a hard time fitting into community support programs and community sports programs. This way they have both a physical and social activity with a kind of peer group."

If you are an athlete or know of someone who may be interested in joining the programs you can get registered and more information on the Special Olympics Website or by calling Dwayne  Campbell at 403-782-6921


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