Maria says Special Olympics has given her life purpose and has inspired her to be a better community member. From Calgary, AB, Maria has been with the movement for nine years as a coach in snowshoeing and track and field. Being part of Team Canada for the World Games has been Maria’s long-term goal. She says it will allow her to contribute to Special Olympics at the highest level by creating awareness and increasing the footprint. She is excited to see the athletes perform on the international level.