Meet 6 Local Athletes Competing at the 2024 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Calgary

These athletes will be competing in events ranging from figure skating to five-pin bowling from February 27 to March 2, 2024 in Calgary.

Jacqueline Coutts

Photo by Jared Sych.

Sport: Figure Skating
Age: 28
What she loves about her sport: “I am always learning new techniques and skills, and meeting new people.”
Competition venue: 7 Chiefs Sportsplex

 

Paul Oldridge

Photo by Jared Sych.

Sport: Curling
Age: 42
What he loves about his sport: “Being with friends and teammates.”
Competition venue: North Hill Curling Club

 

Jennifer Riddell

Photo by Jared Sych.

Sport: Snowshoeing
Age: 43
What she loves about her sport: “It is outside; it is good exercise for you and also fun.”
Competition venue: Maple Ridge Golf Course

 

Michael Nauss

Photo by Jared Sych.

Sport: 5-pin Bowling
Age: 35
How he got into his sport: “I was in a junior league when I was 14 and have been bowling ever since.” Competition venue: The Bowling Depot

 

Andreas Walther

Photo by Jared Sych.

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 53
How he got into his sport: “I started early in my youth skiing with my family, and I like racing.”
Competition venue: WinSport

 

Sarah McCarthy

Photo by Jared Sych.

Sport: Cross-country Skiing
Age: 40
What she loves about her sport: “I like training, getting outdoors and getting lots of exercise.”
Competition venue: Confederation Park Golf Course

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This article appears in the January 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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