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Special Olympics Québec – Montreal, February 27, 2017 — There are just two weeks to go before the opening of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, and the excitement is at its peak for the 11 Quebec athletes who will be participating in this major event.

From March 14th to March 25th, some 3,000 athletes living with an intellectual disability from 110 countries will gather in Austria, for a week of competition in 9 sports.

Eleven Quebecers will be among the Canadian delegation, composed of 110 athletes, who will compete in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, speed skating and snowshoeing.

The entire Quebec movement is extremely proud to see these athletes participate in this international competition and wishes them the best of luck. This achievement is a testament to their passion, determination and discipline.

Quebecer’s athletes who will participate to the Games


City – Region


Alexia Barré

Sainte-Julie / Rive-Sud

Alpine skiing

Emile Baz

Saint-Laurent / Lac Saint-Louis

Figure skating

Sébastien Hamel-Bourdeau

Châteauguay / Sud-Ouest


Julien Cardinal-Moffet

Québec / Québec


Michaël Gilbert

Saint-Donat / Lanaudière

Alpine skiing

Nancy Leduc

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield / Sud-Ouest


Renée Pelletier

Boucherville / Rive-Sud


Stéphanie Savard

Québec / Québec

Alpine skiing

Olivier Séguin

Saint-sur-Richelieu / Rive-Sud


Philip Ste-Marie

Montréal / Lac Saint-Louis

Speed skating

David Winter

Châteauguay / Sud-Ouest

Floor hockey


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About the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games are the second time that this event has been held in Austria, with the first being in 1993. The Games will host over 3,000 athletes and 1,100 coaches from 110 countries; 3,000 volunteers will help ensure the Games are a success. Athletes from across the globe will compete in 9 sports.

About Special Olympics Québec
Thanks to the support of businesses and individuals who contribute over 90% of its funding, Special Olympics Québec offers year-round training programs and a competition network to more than  6,000 athletes 2 years old and over with an intellectual disability across the province. The programs available in 17 sports are aimed at promoting and improving the physical fitness, self-esteem and integration into society of people living with an intellectual disability.

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Hélène Sabatini
Special Olympics Québec
Office: 514 843-8778, extension 227
Cellular: 514 592-9765