Athlete Spotlight: Bobbi-Jo Robertson and Robert Wright - Red Deer

Wright and Robertson
Robert Wright (left) and Bobbi-Jo Robertson (right)

Bobbi-Jo Robertson and Robert Wright are members of Special Olympics Alberta-Red Deer bocce team that competed at the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games in Medicine Hat.

Robertson has been competing with Special Olympics for nearly 30 years after learning about the program through a class in school.

“[Opening Ceremonies] were cool and different than any of the other ones I have ever been too.” – Robertson

She is no stranger to Provincial Games and has competed in a few Summer Games over her years with the program.

Beyond Provincials, Robertson has earned a few opportunities to compete on the national stage - most recently as a member of Team Alberta during the 2015 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver.

“I like Summer Games because it is special for the athletes to come and enjoy playing together.” - Wright

Robert Wright started with Special Olympics almost 11 years ago as his mother, Brenda, was a swimming coach with Special Olympics Medicine Hat and now coaches bocce for Special Olympics Red Deer.

For Wright, Medicine Hat was his first Provincial Games and he was excited to visit the city again as he lived there prior to moving to Red Deer.

Wright was excited to catch up with old friends stating “It’s cool because I used to live in Medicine Hat before. I love Medicine Hat because they have a great program here,” adding that “I got to see my old swim team, and I get to cheer them on as well as the Red Deer team.”

“Our coaches are good and teach us how to play bocce perfectly, How to aim the throw, and get the ball in the circle.” – Wright

Both Wright and Robertson claimed that they were having a lot of fun meeting people and competing among the other athletes with Robertson stating “It has been going good, everything is good.”

After strong performances throughout the weekend both athletes found themselves in the bronze medal matchups in their respective divisions. Robertson won her match to earn a bronze medal in the F-3 division and Wright won a bronze medal in the M-6 division.