Athlete Leadership Conference 2018

Hosted by Special Olympics Alberta - Calgary

When: NEW DATE - April 21, 2018
Where: Best Western, Port O Call Hotel (1935 McKnight Blvd NE)
Time: TBD

Sessions offered: Governance and Speakers Bureau

All attendees will pick one session. Athletes will learn either increased speaking skills, leadership skills or peer mentoring skills; these sessions will help enable athletes to be leaders within our organization and their communities.


Saturday session: Athletes would participate in an Athlete Governance course to prepare them for serving on Athlete Leadership Committees and promote an understanding of how Special Olympics works from an organizational perspective. This course would introduce athletes to a new role and serve as an orientation to expectations and responsibilities as a committee member.

  • Criteria: Athletes must be endorsed by their Affiliate, have been registered as an athlete for at least 3 years, have a basic understanding of leadership, and who currently sits on the Affiliate AMC as an athlete representative or is interested in being a member of the Affiliate Athlete Leadership Committee.

Saturday session: Athletes will participate in a Speakers Bureau session to enhance public speaking skills and develop their own personal stories and messages to represent the Special Olympics movement. This training will be widely applicable to any setting where athletes interact with individuals and share their experiences with Special Olympics.

  • Criteria: Athletes must be endorsed by their Affiliate and have been registered as an athlete for at least 2 years. Each athlete must have a “mentor” attend with them.