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Training camp a preview of 2012 national winter games

Training camp a preview of 2012 national winter games
This weekend’s training camp for Team Alberta’s 78 athletes promises to offer a preview of what’s to come at next month’s national winter competition, the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.

The provincial contingent, which also includes 34 coaching and mission staff, will gather for their final training camp in venues across the city of St. Albert.

One of the weekend’s highlights will include a “Learn with the Pros” session. Here the curling teams from Red Deer and Calgary will offer up lessons in the sport to a number of special guests, including Mayor Nolan Crouse and Olympian figure skating champion, Jamie Sale. Soon after, big names from the world of curling, including Marc Kennedy, Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Blake MacDonald, Carter Rycroft and Jamie King, will join in an all-star game.

The seventh national winter competition will roll out in the host communities of St. Albert and Jasper from February 28 to March 3, 2012. Presenting partners include the City of St. Alberta ad the Province of Alberta. For more information, visit www.stalbert2012.ca, follow the games at www.facebook.com/StAlbert2012