Athlete Leadership Conference 2018

Hosted by Special Olympics Alberta - Calgary

When: Saturday March 3rd, 2018
Where: Best Western, Port O Call Hotel (1935 McKnight Blvd NE)
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Sessions offered: Peer Mentorship, Governance and Speakers Bureau

All attendees will pick one session. Athletes will learn either increased speaking skills, leadership skills or peer mentoring skills; these sessions will help enable athletes to be leaders within our organization and their communities.

To register, please contact Special Olympics Alberta-Calgary at 1-403-735-1022 or kathy@specialolympicscalgary.ca.

Saturday session: Athletes would participate in an Athlete Governance course to prepare them for serving on Athlete Leadership Committees and promote an understanding of how Special Olympics works from an organizational perspective. This course would introduce athletes to a new role and serve as an orientation to expectations and responsibilities as a committee member.

  • Criteria: Athletes must be endorsed by their Affiliate, have been registered as an athlete for at least 3 years, have a basic understanding of leadership, and who currently sits on the Affiliate AMC as an athlete representative or is interested in being a member of the Affiliate Athlete Leadership Committee.
     

Saturday session: Athletes will participate in a Speakers Bureau session to enhance public speaking skills and develop their own personal stories and messages to represent the Special Olympics movement. This training will be widely applicable to any setting where athletes interact with individuals and share their experiences with Special Olympics.

  • Criteria: Athletes must be endorsed by their Affiliate and have been registered as an athlete for at least 2 years. Each athlete must have a “mentor” attend with them.
     

Saturday session: Athletes will participate in the Peer Mentorship program course. This program provides athletes with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take on a mentorship role within a Special Olympics sport program. Peer mentors will assist the head coach within a sport program.

  • Criteria: Athletes must be endorsed by their affiliate, must be 18 years of age, and have been registered as an athlete for at least 5 years in the sport they wish to support. Athletes must be endorsed by the coach in the sport which they want to mentor, in order to ensure proper sport knowledge and are not currently involved as an athlete in sports where they will be working with athletes (or at least one level lower then themselves). Each athlete must have a mentor attend with them.