Total Fitness Development

The sport of athletics encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Through the track-and-field-based athletics training program, participants can develop total fitness to compete in any sport. As with all Special Olympics sports, athletics offers athletes the opportunity to learn through skill development and competitive settings and to be involved in large social settings.


Provincial Sport Organization:  Athletics Alberta
Training and Coach Resources: Special Olympics International

Athletics Events

Track Events

  • 50m (Men and Women)
  • 100m (Men and Women)
  • 200m (Men and Women)
  • 400m (Men and Women)
  • 800m (Men and Women)
  • 1500m (Men and Women)
  • 3000m (Men and Women)
  • 5000m (Men and Women)
  • 4 x 100m Relay (Men and Women)

Throwing Events

  • Shot Put (Men and Women)

Jumping Events

  • High Jump (Men and Women)
  • Running Long Jump (Men and Women)
  • Standing Long Jump (Men and Women)

Number of Competitors and Coaches

Athletes: 90

Coaches and Mission Staff: 27

Communities Competing

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Olds & District
  • Peace River
  • Red Deer
  • St. Albert
  • Strathcona
  • Vegreville
  • West Central

Special Olympics Divisioning: Competitions with a Difference

In each division, the goal is to compose matches of athletes whose abilities and skills are close to one another.

Special Olympics sports competitions are based on the idea that athletes of all abilities should be given an equal chance of succeeding, whether it is a personal best or a gold medal.

Special Olympics calls this competition-level matching “divisioning.” It’s a fundamental rule at Special Olympics that athletes in competitions are matched up with others of the same gender, about the same age and most importantly, of about the same competitive ability.

Evening out by skill level and matching for age and gender makes Special Olympics events more exciting and meaningful for the athletes and the fans watching.

Divisioning is a two-stage process. Before each competition, a time, score or skill assessment is submitted for each athlete or team. For events that are not timed or measured, such as football and badminton, there is a series of short games between athletes or teams or an assessment of each athlete or team’s ability by a committee.. The divisions are then set up based on the information on each athlete’s skill level so that each set of competitors is closely matched.

Venue: Crescent Heights High School

Venue For: Athletics

Address: 1201 Division Ave. NE, Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1X9

Phone: (403) 527-6641


Crescent Heights Highschool


Address: 1201 Division Ave NE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5Y9

Phone: (403) 527-6641