Media Release - Special Olympics Team Canada Returns on March 23


EDMONTON, AB, March 22, 2019- The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games allowed us to Meet The Determined as athletes from around the world played their hearts out in a week full of excitement, comradery, and celebration. Abu Dhabi played host to an incredible World Summer Games that featured over 7000 athletes from over 190 nations competing in 24 individual and team sports.

Team Canada is bringing home 155 medals: 90 gold, 37 silver and 28 bronze and Alberta athletes played a big role in that contributing 27 medals: 18 gold, 7 silver, and 2 bronze. Team Canada athletes from Alberta competed in six summer sports: 10-pin bowling, bocce, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, and swimming.

They represented their country with pride and now it is time to celebrate their achievements!

Team Canada Alberta Athlete Results






Esther Auger

10-pin Bowling

Edmonton, AB

1st Place Women’s Bowling Singles

1st Place Women’s Bowling Doubles

4th Place Women’s Bowling Team

2 Gold

Candice Bagan


Edmonton, AB

1st Place Swimming Women’s 4x25m Freestyle Relay

8th Place Swimming Women’s 25m Freestyle

8th Place Swimming Women’s 25m Backstroke

1 Gold

Connor Bissett


Whitecourt, AB

1st Place Swimming Men’s 50m Backstroke

1st Place Swimming Men’s 100m Freestyle

2nd Place Swimming Men’s 4x50m Relay

2 Gold

1 Silver

Emma Bittorf


Calgary, AB

2nd Place Golf Women’s Level 4 Individual Stroke Play

1 Silver

Amber Harriman

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Calgary, AB

1st Place Rhythmic Gymnastics Group Floor Exercise

1st Place Rhythmic Gymnastics Group Hoop

1st Place Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 3 Ball

1st Place Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 3 Hoop

1st Place Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 3 Ribbon

1st Place Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 3 Clubs

1st Place Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 3 All Around

7 Gold

Mitchell MacDonald

10-pin Bowling

Medicine Hat, AB

1st Place Bowling Men’s Singles

1st Place Bowling Men’s Doubles

5th Place Bowling Team

2 Gold

Jordan MacLeod


Calgary, AB

1st Place Swimming Women’s 4x50m Freestyle Relay

2nd Place Swimming Women’s 200m Backstroke

4th Place Swimming Women’s 100m Backstroke

5th Place Swimming Women’s 100m Freestyle

1 Gold

1 Silver

Mark Mengersen

10-pin Bowling

Olds, AB

2nd Place Bowling Team

3rd Place Bowling Doubles

8th Place Bowling Men’s Singles

1 Silver

1 Bronze

Christine Sullivan


Medicine Hat, AB

2nd Place Powerlifting Women’s Bench Press

2nd Place Powerlifting Women’s Deadlift

3rd Place Powerlifting Women’s Combined

4th Place Powerlifting Women’s Squat

2 Silver

1 Bronze

Justin Thompson


Strathmore, AB

1st Place Swimming Men’s 25m Freestyle

1st Place Swimming Men’s 25m Backstroke

4th Place Men’s 4x25m Freestyle Relay

2 Gold

Nikita Williams


Edmonton, AB

1st Place Bocce Singles F31 Division

2nd Place Bocce Doubles F6 Division

4th Place Bocce Team (4 person) Division D5

1 Gold

1 Silver


Our athletes were joined coaches Marie Powell (athletics) and Pat Enns (10-pin bowling) and mission staff Kelly Edwards.

Special Olympics Alberta would like to invite media to welcome our Team Canada members on Saturday, March 23.

  • Edmonton: YEG Airport arriving at 9:32 p.m. WS441
    Team Canada Members: Esther Auger, Candice Bagan, Connor Bissett, and Nikita Williams

  • Calgary: YYC Airport arriving at 9:20 p.m. WS890
    Team Canada Members: Emma Bittorf, mission staff Kelly Edwards, coach Pat Enns, Amber Harriman, Mitchell MacDonald, Jordan MacLeod, Mark Mengersen, coach Marie Powell, and Justin Thompson

For full Team Canada results go to or the official 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games website: You can find real time results and coverage on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through hashtags #SOTeamCanada1 and #AbuDhabi2019. You can also find coverage with Special Olympics Alberta @SpecialOAlberta and Special Olympics Canada @SpecialOCanada. Team Canada high resolution photos are available on Flickr:

For post-world games interview request, please contact Special Olympics Alberta marketing and communications assistant, Kiefer Sutherland

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Media Contact

Kiefer Sutherland
Marketing and Communications
Special Olympics Alberta
P: 800-444-2883 Ext. 1009