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Special Olympics Airdrie gearing up for spring and summer season

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 11:08 am

After a long winter, Airdrie Special Olympians will be heading back to the ball diamond at the end of April.
After a long winter, Airdrie Special Olympians will be heading back to the ball diamond at the end of April.
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Although the winter weather has stuck around longer than most people in Airdrie would of liked, that isn’t stopping Special Olympics Airdrie from getting ready for its spring and summer athletic season.

This year, the organization will be holding a spring registration for the first time on April 1, which will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cam Clark Ford.

“We have always had a sign-up event in the fall, but I think the fact that we need to have a sign-up now in the spring just shows the growth of Special Olympics here in Airdrie,” Sue Farkas-Fillatre of Special Olympics Airdrie said.

“When I started a number of years ago here, it was just bowling, softball and swimming, and now we have a different variety of sports for our athletes to choose from,” she added.

The newest spring and summer sport for Special Olympics Airdrie will be an athletics program, which will take place every Tuesday at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park from April 28 to July 14.

“It’s always a big deal for us when we can add something new, and we had a demand for an athletics program to take place this year,” Farkas-Fillatre said.

“It seems like we are always bringing in a new sport all of the time, such as the snowshoeing program that we brought in here during the winter.”

The softball program, which will take place every Wednesday from April 30 to July 16, will see a slight change this year.

An intermediate and advanced program for more seasoned players will take place at Meadowbrook Middle School, while a beginner program will take place at the ball diamond at AE Bowers Elementary School.

“That was done just to keep up with the amount of people involved with softball,” Farkas-Fillatre said.

“We just wanted to make sure that everyone is having a good time when they are playing.”

There will be no changes to the bocce ball program, which runs from April 28 to July 14 at Nose Creek Park, and to the soccer program, which will take place from May 1 to July at Good Shepherd School.

The costs for registration are $10 each for the athletics and bocce programs, $15 for soccer, and $30 for softball.

“All of the forms will be there for everyone to fill out once they arrive at Cam Clark Ford,” Farkas-Fillatre said.

“All that we are asking everyone for is to make sure that they have some form of payment ready.”

“We will also be accepting volunteers on that night, and we will have forms available for them to fill out,” she added. “We will be asking them for a security check to be filled out by the local RCMP afterwards though, especially if they are going to be working with our athletes.”

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