Bow Valley is not new to producing world class Special Olympics athletes, but 2018 marked the first time the community has taken on running its own community program.
As a Special Olympics coach for seven years with the Calgary program, Jesse has been hands on and guiding local cross country skiers training at the Canmore Nordic Centre which includes four cross country skiers and his son Brock.
“We want the program to cater to Bow Valley athletes who are skiing at one of the greatest training facilities in the world,” said Jesse.
“We saw a potential to create programs in both winter and summer.”
Bow Valley officially launched their program on January 6 which currently offers cross country skiing for five athletes which runs every Saturday morning at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park. With five volunteers taking an active role in the program’s success, Jesse has high hopes for the expansion of the program. In just the last couple months, he has seen a lot interest from the community who have beeen receptive to “having a big program for Bow Valley residents.”
“We’re really hoping we’re recognized within the community as a great place for our target group of athletes to come and get involved. We have a mix of ultra-competitive and others who want to learn to ski.”
For more information or interest in being part of the Bow Valley program, check out their community page.