Meet the Coaches, Mission Staff, and Leadership Team of the Special Olympics Team Canada Training Squad 2023

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We are thrilled to congratulate the 40 Coaches and Mission Staff from across the country who have been named to the Special Olympics Team Canada Training Squad 2023.

These individuals will represent Canada at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin from June 17-25, 2023, supporting qualifying athletes from all 12 Provincial/Territorial Chapters across Canada.

The Special Olympics Team Canada Training Squad will be led by two volunteers: Chef de Mission, Susan Lamboo and Assistant Chef de Mission, Jodi Flanagan.

Both Lamboo and Flanagan have been volunteers for over 30 years with Special Olympics, running programs in Manitoba and Alberta and contributing to coach development nationally.

“I am so proud to have this group of talented, dedicated individuals serving as the Coaches and Mission Staff for the Special Olympics Team Canada Training Squad 2023,” says Chef Lamboo. “It’s been a difficult past few years for Special Olympics communities across Canada and I want this team to be the flame that re-ignites the movement. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and commitment to prepare for our return to the world stage, but my hope for this team is that they will inspire athletes, coaches and volunteers across the country to remember it’s worth it – and we all have it in us.”

As the National Team Program prepares for the Special Olympics World Games, community programs across Canada have also begun to reopen – and are in critical need of volunteers.

“As coaches, we are facilitators of potential. With access to training and support, the sky is the limit for our athletes,” says Assistant Chef Flanagan. “It’s incredibly rewarding to see them achieve new heights, and you never know where they’ll take you! We are very grateful for Special Olympics Canada’s confidence in us to lead the Special Olympics Team Canada Training Squad to World Games.”

As well as the 40 Coaches and Mission Staff, Special Olympics Canada will name 89 athletes to the Team in October of 2022.

Please join us in congratulating our esteemed team of Coaches and Mission Staff of the Special Olympics Team Canada Training Squad 2023!

 

TEAM LEADERSHIP & MISSION STAFF:

Susan Lamboo, Chef de Mission | Special Olympics Manitoba

Jodi Flanagan, Assistant Chef de Mission | Special Olympics Alberta

Kirsten Bobbie, Team Manager | Special Olympics Canada 

Sarah Sin-Chan, Team Manager | Special Olympics Canada 

Allie Wiebe, Communications Liaison | Special Olympics Canada

Neil Cheeseman, Team Doctor | Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador 

Marion Cornish, Team Doctor | Special Olympics Nova Scotia 

Tina Copp, Mission Staff | Special Olympics Alberta

Karen Hurley, Mission Staff | Special Olympics Alberta

Michelle Cruickshank, Mission Staff | Special Olympics British Columbia 

Darren Inouye, Mission Staff | Special Olympics British Columbia

Darren Hemeryck, Mission Staff | Special Olympics Manitoba 

Mike McCarther, Mission Staff | Special Olympics Nova Scotia 

Duane Carson, Mission Staff | Special Olympics Ontario

Elaine Willcock, Mission Staff | Special Olympics Ontario

Eric Dunn, Mission Staff | Special Olympics Quebec

 

COACHES:

ATHLETICS

Marie Powell, Head Coach | Special Olympics Alberta

Rosie Ryan, Assistant Coach | Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador

Peter De Marchi, Assistant Coach | Special Olympics British Columbia

Renée Stewart, Assistant Coach | Special Olympics Ontario

Tom Norton, Alternate Coach | Special Olympics British Columbia 

BASKETBALL

James Richardson, Coach | Special Olympics Ontario

Doug Branscombe, Coach | Special Olympics Nova Scotia

Ben Lozinsky, Coach | Special Olympics Saskatchewan

TBD, Coach

BOCCE 

David Wilkinson, Head Coach | Special Olympics British Columbia 

Ron Cambridge, Alternate Coach | Special Olympics Ontario

BOWLING

Serge Gagnon, Head Coach | Special Olympics Quebec

Patricia Enns, Assistant Coach | Special Olympics Alberta

Margaret French, Alternate Coach | Special Olympics Ontario

GOLF

Glenn Cundari, Head Coach | Special Olympics Ontario 

Craig Faulkner, Alternate Coach | Special Olympics Nova Scotia

POWERLIFTING 

Jeff Butt, Head Coach | Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador

Jacqueline Mazur, Assistant Coach | Special Olympics Manitoba 

George Maclagan, Alternate Coach | Special Olympics British Columbia 

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS 

Jennifer Fyfe, Head Coach | Special Olympics British Columbia

Sheri Scott, Alternate Coach | Special Olympics Nova Scotia 

SOCCER

TBD, Coach

TBD, Coach

SWIMMING 

Jackie Powell, Head Coach | Special Olympics Saskatchewan

Evan Krofchick, Assistant Coach | Special Olympics Ontario

Maura Hunter, Alternate Coach | Special Olympics Nova Scotia