Media Release - Special Olympics Alberta Announces Team Alberta 2020 Roster

EDMONTON, AB, May 30, 2019- Special Olympics Alberta is proud to announce the athletes, coaches and mission staff who will be part of the Team Alberta 2020.

Team Alberta will represent the province at the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, ON from February 25 to 29.

“We are thrilled to announce such a strong team of confident individuals and teams who share in their dedication to sport and to being a member of Team Alberta,” says Jodi Flanagan, Team Alberta Chef de Mission.

“Every member earned their position on the team through their commitment and hard work. The next 10 months will focus on providing the best training and support to all Team Alberta members in their preparation for National Games.”

Based on the results from the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games in Calgary, 129 athletes, coaches and mission staff throughout the province were chosen to represent Alberta at the National Games.

“Athletes lives attending a national games are forever changed by the skills, friendships, and confidence they develop through this exciting experience. It is pure joy to witness their growth.” – Sallie Szanik, Team Alberta mission staff.

“It is because of incredible volunteers that we are able to run Team Alberta – our Chef, mission staff, and coaches ensure that it is an amazing experience for our athletes,” says John Byrne, Special Olympics Alberta CEO. “We want to recognize them for their dedication and commitment to the team.”

Sport specific training for Team Alberta Training Camp will take place on Saturday June 1 and Special Olympics Alberta invites media to cover and set up interviews for Team Alberta athletes and coaches.


Saturday June 1, 2019
Most training venues are on and around the University of Alberta Campus with the exception of 5-pin bowling, cross-country skiing, and speed skating.





# of Athletes

Head Coach

5-pin Bowling

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Plaza Bowl, 10418 118 Ave.


Kristen Sept, Medicine Hat

Alpine Skiing

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

David Tuckey Gym, Lister Hall, 11613 87 Ave.


Martin McSween, Drumheller

Cross-Country Skiing

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

River Valley


Shawn Jesse, Bow Valley


9 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

University of Alberta Education Centre South Gym, 87 Ave. between 114 St. and 112 St.


Jan Schwonik, Wetaskiwin

Figure Skating

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Hanson Fitness and Lifestyle Center, 11410 87 Ave NW


Barb Prystai, Calgary

Floor Hockey


2 Teams

8:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.

David Tuckey Gym, Lister Hall, 11613 87 Ave.


Matthew Pedwell, St. Albert

Blain Fuller, Wetaskiwin


2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Universiade Pavilion (Butterdome), 11401 87 Ave.


Lyndon Chubbs, Airdrie

Speed Skating

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Kinsmen Twin Arenas, 1979 11 St. NW


Shawna Pearman, Ponoka

Check out our full Team Alberta roster of athletes, coaches and mission staff online at

Team Alberta is supported by donations through our Draft an Athlete program and personal fundraising of athletes through Personal Best, for more information about supporting Team Alberta 2020, go to


Special Olympics Team Alberta

Team Alberta is represented by 96 athletes and 33 coaches and mission staff who will be competing at the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, ON. from February 25 to 29. Athletes will compete in eight winter sports: 5-pin bowling, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, and speed skating.

For more information and a full roster of Team Alberta members, go to More information on the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games can be found at

Special Olympics Alberta

Special Olympics Alberta is dedicated to enriching the lives of Albertans with intellectual disabilities through the transformative power and joy of sport. Our vision is that sport will open hearts and minds towards people with intellectual disabilities and create inclusive communities. Special Olympics Alberta’s programs cater to all ages and a wide range of abilities to over 3,200 athletes in more than 150 communities. We provide world class sports programs that are run daily by over 1,200 volunteers. For more information on Special Olympics Alberta, visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and YouTube.


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