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Skiers bound for Alberta Special Olympics Winter games

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A team of three alpine skiers from the vicinity is heading to the Alberta Special Olympic Winter Games later this month and are pumped for the experience.
The 2023 Special Olympics Winter Games are on February 24-26 and is hosted by Strathcona County. Events include 5-pin bowling, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing and speed skating.
Jay Dekeyser and Mitchell Pennington of Drumheller will be competing, as well as Brian Tabor from Olds. Martin McSween is coaching the team. They have been busy with dryland training, as well as taking the opportunity to train on snow at Nakiska, including on January 28.
“We had a cold, but productive day with good snow and great improvements from all the athletes,” said McSween.
Because the games are on a four-year cycle, COVID-19 had no effect on the Alberta Winter games cycle, as the last one was held in 2019 in Calgary. At the last games, extreme cold cancelled some of the events. Despite this, Pennington earned a fourth-place finish, just four-tenths of a second

behind the bronze medal winner. Dekeyser skied very well and won a gold medal in his three groupings.
The Alberta Special Olympics events help to determine the team for the Canada Special Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in Calgary in February 2024.
The team is grateful for sponsorship from Western Chevrolet. The Drumheller contingent was given a sponsored vehicle from Western GMC - Doug Lubinski and team, which is a huge support and enabled the team to get to the ski resort.

Dragons extend winning streak

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The Dragons are on a 6-0 run after a busy and productive week on home ice.
The Dragons shined on Tuesday, January 24, in front of 1,532 fans on home ice at the Hooky Hockey Day.
Hundreds of fans and students from local schools flooded the Drumheller Memorial Arena to watch the Dragons take on the Fort McMurray Oil Barons. The arena was rocking as Dylan Glinski scored 3:42 in the first period to take the lead. Sam Simard put the Dragons up 2-0 midway through the second period, and Adam Raesler scored with 10:40 left in the third period as the Dragons topped the Oil Barons 3-0. Liam Choquette stopped 27 shots in the shutout.

On Friday, January 27, the Dragons hosted Blackfalds. The Bulldogs drew first blood just 20 seconds in, but the Dragons came back with a vengeance as Connor Poffenroth, Glinski, and Vann Yuhas all found the net before the period was up. The Bulldogs scored first in the second, but with 1:33 left, Yuhas scored his second.
The third period followed the same pattern as Blackfalds scored first. This time Ben Christian, Simard, and Ty Daneault peppered the scoreboard and the Dragons left the arena with a 7-3 win.
On Saturday, January 28, the Dragons put on a scoring clinic as they tromped the Canmore Eagles 8-0. Glinski scored two, and Noah Danielson scored one in the first period. Daneault put together a hat trick in the second period, and Sam Simard added one. Coy Pighin added one more in the third. Garrett Fuller earned the shutout, stopping 25 goals.
The Dragons’ extended home stand continues this coming weekend as on Friday, February 3, they host the Sherwood Park Crusaders, and on Saturday, they take on the Drayton Valley Thunder.

Swimmer achieves festival times at swim meet


Suvera Ram, 10, of the Canadian Badlands Aquatic Club (CBAC) competed with the team at the Pugsley’s Plunge swim meet in Calgary over the weekend. Suvera competed in the 50m and 100m breast stoke and achieved Festival Times, which are equivalent to provincial qualifiers for Under 10 swimmers. This earned her a spot to compete at a meet this coming weekend in Calgary. Suvera celebrates her times with head coach Brenda Davies.

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