Team Canada 2017

Team Canada Speed Skater Evan James

Being able to represent a nation and to proudly bear the red white and maple leaf is one of the greatest honours that an athlete can achieve.

This honour will be held by 148 Canadians representing Team Canada in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria from March 14 to 25.  Part of the Team Canada delegation are 12 talented, committed Albertans who have made it their mission to perform their best and demonstrate the true spirit of Special Olympics.

Katie Saunders, Special Olympics Team Canada Speed Skater

“Special Olympics has changed my life both physically and mentally and I am more confident in myself, not only in my sports, but my day to day life,”

Special Olympics Team Canada will be competing in six different sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, speed skating and snowshoeing. Team Canada athletes were selected based on their performance at the recent 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador where over 650 Special Olympics athletes from across Canada fiercely competed in.

Team Canada has 12 Alberta members: Holly Burton (cross country skiing coach), Kristen Hudson, (cross country skiing athlete), Evan James (speed skating athlete), Benjamin Maeseele (figure skating athlete), Jill Moore (speed skating mission staff), Sarah McCarthy (cross country skiing athlete), Barb Prystai (figure skating coach), Katie Saunders (speed skating athlete), Jamie Sale (honorary coach), Elouise Stewart (cross country athlete), Shane Stewart (cross country athlete) and JorDen Tyson (figure skating athlete)

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Team Canada Holly Burton
Team Canada Kristin Hudson
Team Canada Evan James
Team Canada Benjamin Maeseele
Team Canada Jill Moore
Team Canada 2017 Holly Burton Kristen Hudson Evan James Benjamin Maeseele Jill Moore
Team Canada Sarah McCarthy
Team Canada Barb Prystai
Team Canada Katie Saunders
Team Canada Elouise Stewart
Team Canada Shane Stewart
Team Canada JorDen Tyson
Sarah McCarthy Barb Prystai Katie Saunders Elouise Stewart Shane Stewart JorDen Tyson

Austria is playing host for the Special Olympics World Games for the second time with their first experience hosting a Special Olympics World Winter Games in 1993 in Salzberg and Schladming and for the 2017 Games, Graz, Schladming and Ramsau will be the three main locations for the upcoming Winter Games. The 2017 Games will host over 3,000 athletes and 1,100 coaches from 110 countries and 3,000 volunteers will help ensure the Games are a success. Wiener Neustadt in Austria will play host to Team Canada while competitions will take place in Graz, Schladming-Rohrmoos and Ramsau. For full bios and information on Team Canada go to and for more information on 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, go to


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