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Special Olympics

About the Special Olympics Program

The Special Olympics group is for youth and adults with an intellectual disability. This program is in its sixth year of existence with a dozen athletes, and is now working in collaboration with KNC. Programming for younger skiers focuses on fun and playing games to get started on skis, while programming for adults is organized around fun activities and building strength, endurance, and technique leading towards competition. Team members have won medals at Provincial and National level races.

Dryland: Training sessions run 9:30 to 11:00 am every Saturday from September 30 until mid-November when the snow falls. Meetings will occur at Western Financial Place (south parking lot) in Cranbrook followed by carpooling to a variety of trails in the Kimberley/Cranbrook area. Sessions will focus on Nordic Pole Walking.

On Snow: Training sessions run 10:00 am to 11:30 am every Saturday once KNC opens for Winter operations. Meet at either Western Financial Place at 9:15 am to carpool from Cranbrook or meet directly at KNC at 10:00 am. Extra session will be held Wednesday, November 29 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

Fees: Program fees are funded by the Special Olympics. Competitions rotate each season through Regional, Provincial, National and International levels. All Special Olympics registrants must purchase the "Special Olympic" KNC membership option.

Contact: For more information, contact Ivy-Lynne Stein at ilbaking66@gmail.com or Barbara Phillips at 250-320-8132.

Coaches Needed!

Interested in coaching? The bulk of our volunteer coaches are happy amateurs. We train as we go. We would love to see people who have a stronger technical/race experience join us.

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