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Special Olympics welcomes athletes back with alpine races

Teams from Newmarket and York Region are competing in the provincial championships at Blue Mountain Resort Feb. 12
Matt Fields, competes in 2017 during the World Championships for Special Olympics alpine racing.

After more than two years without competition, Special Olympics Ontario is returning to the slopes with the Alpine Provincial Championships.

Alpine teams from Newmarket, York Region, Barrie, Blue Mountains, Meaford/Thornbury, Ottawa, Mississauga, Newmarket, North Bay, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Kitchener/Waterloo, Milton, Port Colborne and London will compete in a two-run giant slalom race and two-run slalom race, at glide, novice, intermediate and advanced levels Sunday, Feb. 12 at Blue Mountain Resort in the Town of the Blue Mountains near Collingwood.

Hosted by Blue Mountain Resort and the Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Team, some 135 skiers from across Ontario will compete for a chance to represent the province next year at the nationals in Calgary, according to a Special Olympics news release.

The Special Olympics athlete's oath is "let me win and if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt."