Calgary is awarded the contract to host the 2024 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

2024 will be a big year for the city of Calgary as it prepares to host the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.

Securing the event is a “proud” moment for Mayor Jyoti Gondek, who noted that the city is thrilled to share its “great facilities and our inclusive community spirit” to welcome everyone attending the event with open arms mean.

“I know Calgarians will be volunteering in large numbers to ensure this event provides these amazing athletes and their families with the experience of a lifetime.”

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Calgary is no stranger to hosting sporting events, having been the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympics and recently hosted the Special Olympics Alberta Winter Provincial Games in 2019.

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The city’s history of success with these major events has inspired a certain level of confidence in Sharon Bollenbach, CEO of Special Olympics Canada.

“Having already hosted international and national events, we know that Calgary will make every effort to provide an exceptional gaming experience for the hundreds of athletes competing in Special Olympics Canada’s signature sporting competition,” said Bollenbach.

“Since February 2020, our athletes have been eagerly awaiting an announcement of the next international matches.

“To say they will be thrilled to hear the news of the 2024 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Calgary is an understatement.”

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Calgary secured the title to host the upcoming event thanks to a strong bid focused on “the care and comfort of our athletes,” said Blair McIntosh, vice president of sport for Special Olympics Canada.

“The bid focused on the concept of putting the games in the heart of the city,” McIntosh said.

“Not only will this be a great opportunity for our athletes to experience all that Calgary has to offer, but it will bring our athletes into the heart of the community where we can witness inclusion at its fullest.”

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As hundreds of athletes prepare to qualify for the opportunity to compete on the national stage, Sport Calgary President and CEO Catriona Le May Deon said she couldn’t be more excited to celebrate these diverse athletes here in Calgary.

“Calgary is a city that is deeply committed to providing diverse opportunities in sport for people of all skill levels,” said former Olympic speed skating champion Deon, who also serves on the board of directors of Special Olympics Canada.

“Sport connects us all and we are excited to bring this great event to our city.”

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Economical advantages

With 1,300 attendees making their way to the city, as well as officials, honored guests and friends and family, Tourism Calgary predicts the event will generate more than $9 million in the local economy.

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“Calgary knows what it takes to host major sporting events, and just as important is our track record as the ultimate host,” said Cindy Ady, CEO of Tourism Calgary.

“The incredible athletes along with family, friends, supporters, coaches and officials can all expect a warm welcome to our city and a fun-filled event, complete with a chance to experience Calgary’s new winter festival, Chinook Blast.”

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The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games is a national sporting event for Canadian athletes with intellectual disabilities. In order to participate, each athlete must first qualify at the local, provincial, or territorial level.

Eight sports will be featured throughout the event at the 2024 Games: bowling, alpine skiing, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, floorball, snowshoeing and speed skating.

The Calgary Winter Games is the qualifying event for athletes representing Canada in the 2025 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

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