Athletes geared up for ski season

In the photo are the athletes from left to right: Alexander Bolt

Golden Special Olympic athletes are geared up for this ski season with new equipment purchased from monies received by a generous grant from the Golden and District Community Foundation. Each athlete now has new boots, poles, and skis for cross-country skiing. This is the second season of cross-country skiing for the athletes who meet each week for lessons led by 3-4 volunteers. The highlight of our season is participating in the annual Huckleberry Loppet and we are grateful to the Golden Nordic Ski Club for their encouragement and support towards our athletes. We are also very excited to be sending Shelly Poland to the Special Olympic cross-country Regional Qualifiers in Kelowna on Feb.13. Good luck Shelly! Many thanks go to Kicking Horse Gear Exchange, Selkirk Sports and KickingHorse Embroidery for their support in our program also.

If you don’t meet us on the golf course or Dawn Mtn. trails this winter you might see our athletes in action this summer at the Rec Plex playing bocce or at practicing their strokes at the swimming pool! Just look for huge smiles and that’s them! For the volunteers it’s about acceptance and dignity; for the athletes it’s about going fast! Special Olympics is a non-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and competitive events to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For more information about Special Olympics visit To get involved locally contact Ned Johnson at 250.344.5524 or

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