Athlete Leadership Conference

Hosted by Special Olympics Alberta - Calgary

ALC Conference
When: Friday, March 2nd [SOC Athlete Leadership Committee meeting]
                  5:00pm - 8:00pm
           Saturday March 3rd, 2018 [Athlete Leadership Conference]
                  9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Best Western, Port O Call Hotel - 1935 McKnight Blvd NE

Sessions offered: Athlete Leadership, Peer Mentorship, Governance and Speakers Bureau

All attendees may choose one session to attend on Saturday from the options below. Athletes will learn either increased speaking skills, leadership skills or peer mentoring skills; these sessions will help enable athletes to be leaders within our organization and their communities.

To register, please contact Special Olympics Alberta-Calgary at 403-735-1022 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by February 20th at 4:00pm. No late applications will be accepted.

ATHLETE GOVERNANCE: Athletes would participate in an Athlete Governance course to prepare them for serving on Athlete Leadership Committees and promote an understanding of how Special Olympics works from an organizational perspective. This course would introduce athletes to a new role and serve as an orientation to expectations and responsibilities as a committee member.
  • Criteria: Athletes must be endorsed by the Calgary Affiliate, have been registered as an athlete for at least 3 years, have a basic understanding of leadership, and who currently sits on the Affiliate AMC as an athlete representative or is interested in being a member of the Affiliate Athlete Leadership Committee.

SPEAKERS BUREAU: Athletes will participate in a Speakers Bureau session to enhance public speaking skills and develop their own personal stories and messages to represent the Special Olympics movement. This training will be widely applicable to any setting where athletes interact with individuals and share their experiences with Special Olympics.
  • Criteria: Athletes must be endorsed by the Calgary Affiliate and have been registered as an athlete for at least 2 years. Each athlete must have a guardian/caregiver attend to assist them.

PEER MENTORSHIP: Athletes will participate in the Peer Mentorship program course (formerly known as Athlete as Program Assistants). This program provides athletes with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take on a mentorship role within a Special Olympics sport program. Peer mentors will assist the head coach within a sport program.
  • Criteria: Athletes must be endorsed by their affiliate, must be 18 years of age, and have been registered as an athlete for at least 5 years in the sport they wish to support. Athletes must be endorsed by the coach in the sport which they want to mentor, in order to ensure proper sport knowledge and are not currently involved as an athlete in sports where they will be working with athletes (or at least one level lower then themselves). Each athlete must have a guardian/caregiver attend to assist them.

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