Athlete Spotlight: Ashley Malcolm - Grande Prairie

Ashley Malcolm
Ashley Malcolm

Ashley Malcolm is a Special Olympics Alberta-Grande Prairie golfer and bowler who started with the program during the 2008 / 2009 season.

After graduating high school, Malcolm was looking to become more involved in the community and decided that Special Olympics was the right fit.

She advocates that Special Olympics has “expanded my social circle and has helped me in my exercise life and overall physical health.”

“My coaches help a lot. They are there to help me improve my game, cheer me on, and show me how to do better at whatever sport I am doing.” – Malcolm on Special Olympics coaches

Outside of Special Olympics, Malcolm is quite active in the community working at Goodwill Industries of Alberta for the past four years.

Malcolm volunteers through her day program at various places including the Parenting and Pregnant Teen Program where she works in the nursery with the babies.

Her hobbies include riding horses at the Peace Area Riding for the Disabled, watching TV (rodeos if they are on), listening to her iPod, playing on her iPad, travelling, swimming, biking, going to the library, and practicing her sports.

Ashley Malcolm
Ashley Malcolm (Center)

Malcolm is set to compete in 10-pin bowling at the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games in Medicine Hat and she is looking forward travelling, being part of the Games, doing her best, and winning if possible.

“[Sports] keep me active and give me social time with friends. I get to travel to tournaments and [they] give me a chance to try to do my best.” – Malcolm on playing sports with Special Olympics

She emphasizes that Special Olympics has taught her about participation, teamwork, discipline, how to have fun as a team, and to strive to be the best she can be.

Overall, Malcolm is excited about Games and looks forward to meeting new friends and continued success in competitions in her future with Special Olympics.