On February 28th at Blue Mountain Resort, it may not be the world but an entire region will be watching 60 Ontario Special Olympics Alpine skiers compete in sanctioned Regional Ski Races.
Looking forward to skiing on their home turf are 27 athletes from the Blue Mountain Special Olympic Alpine Team.
Competing in Slalom and Giant Slalom events, these skiers represent Collingwood, Blue Mountain, Thornbury, and communities as far south as Toronto. There are a total of 60 athletes registered in the race, coming from Barrie, London, York Region, Thunder Bay and the Georgian Triangle.
Success in these regional races will qualify athletes for the 2011 Provincial Games in Thunder Bay. That event is a qualifier for the National Winter Games leading up to the next World Games. In the last regional games held at Devils Glen, 11 local skiers qualified to move forward and represent the Georgian Triangle area at the Provincial Games.
Racing on the 28th will be several medal winners… including Blue Mountain Team member Samantha Mayer who won a gold medal at the World Winter Games in Boise Idaho in 2009.
Currently the Blue Mountain Special Olympic Alpine Team is the largest program in Canada. The history of the relationship between Blue Mountain Resorts and Special Olympics Alpine events goes back to 1997 when the World Winter games were co-hosted in Collingwood to the delight of thousands of athletes, their families, coaches, volunteers and spectators. The resort has been the major sponsor of this team ever since.
“Our Council has supported these athletes for years and to ski with this group of individuals whose love of the sport and competition beams from their faces is a true honour.” says Collingwood Mayor Chris Carrier.” More than 40 volunteers and up to 35 athletes may be found on the ski hills any Sunday morning during the season and I encourage residents of the Georgian Triangle to get out and see not only good quality racing but remarkable athletes… You are guaranteed to have an enjoyable time and support a great cause.”
The remarkable personal transformation, confidence and optimism of Special Olympics athletes have been surprising people and winning fans worldwide for 40 years – opening eyes and minds in communities worldwide and inspiring all who see them.
Awards Ceremony will be held at Blue Mountain Resort, South Base Lodge in the loft on the second floor at 3:00 p.m. on February 28th, 2010.
You are the Stars and the World is Watching You