CBC News News Edmonton June 16, 2018
For many athletes with intellectual disabilities in Alberta, it’s the only track meet they are able to compete in all summer.
The Edmonton Track Meet drew more than 120 Special Olympics Alberta athletes to Foote Field on Saturday.
The volunteer-run, biennial event attracts competitors from across the province, including teams from Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer.
“Just a fun get-together with all your friends,” said Ulmer, who ran the 100-metres for Edmonton’s team.
Ulmer, a 10-year Special Olympics veteran, said he wished there were more championships for Alberta athletes who don’t participate in mainstream meets.
“We’d be able to see each other more often, be able to see how well our competition skills are growing,” Ulmer said.
Team Edmonton’s head coach, Lenny Andrichuk, said the event motivates Special Olympics athletes like Ulmer to keep training in the slumps between provincial and national meets.
“Today’s about being your best,” Andrichuk said. “The difference is, if you’re better than the guy next to you, you might be rewarded with a ribbon and that’s pretty special for them, they really enjoy that.
“It’s the athlete oath — let me win and if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. And we live that today especially.”
Source CBC News News Edmonton
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