From the moment fresh snow hits the ground you can find Philip Mullen grabbing his gear and preparing for a day on the ski hill.
The 24-year-old alpine skier is a member of the Special Olympics Alberta – Crowsnest Pass ski program.
Philip is gearing up to compete at the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games in Calgary from Feb. 8 through Feb. 10 and he is excited to showcase his skills.
“I hope I can go to Nationals,” said Philip.
His goals include winning gold and making Team Alberta for the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Philip has competed at two Provincial Games and in 2013 he participated in the Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
This international experience combined with his commitment to training will surely benefit Philip when he hits the hill in Calgary.
“[I’m] working out at the YMCA and skiing every week at least once,” said Philip.
Philip continued his schedule throughout the holidays and stated that this was not difficult for him because competing and training is something he enjoys.
He joined Special Olympics when he was nine for a chance to do what he loves – play baseball and ski.
Since then he has learned many things including how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and that he can make friends with people around the world through Special Olympics.
2018 marked the 50 year anniversary of Special Olympics and the start of a five year goal to promote inclusion on a global level.
With Provincials on the horizon, Philip will be ready to do one of his favourite things, compete, and we cannot wait to celebrate Strength, Sport, and Spirit with all of our athletes in just over two weeks!