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Athlete of the Month - September

Kailyn Potomak

When and how did you get involved with Special Olympics?

I got started in Special Olympics BC – Langley in 2009 with basketball. I first got involved because my parents encouraged me to be involved in sports.

What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

Basketball and alpine skiing. I have also played softball, floor hockey, and track and field.

In 2 – 4 sentences, please describe your favourite Special Olympics experience so far.

My favourite Special Olympics experiences are competing at the Alpine Skiing Regional Qualifier in Kimberley in 2018, winning three medals in alpine skiing at the 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Vernon, and winning two medals in alpine skiing at the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay. I’m also excited to be part of the SO Team Canada 2022 Training Squad for the Special Olympics World Winter Games!

In 2 – 4 sentences, what would you tell someone about Special Olympics to encourage them to get involved?

Special Olympics is a great place to make new friends. I get to be myself and my friends treat me for who I am. I also get to participate in sports that I was not able to do in school.

In 3 – 4 sentences, please tell us a little bit more about yourself! What else would you like people to know about you?

When I am not in training or playing sports for Special Olympics, I work two days a week. I’ve taken three semesters at Douglas College. I also take horseback riding lessons at with the Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association. I also like to ski with my parents and older brother, and ride ATVs with my family.

What is one word you would use to describe yourself?


Special Olympics Logo The organization provides a variety of sports and youth programs, giving athletes the chance to gain sport skills and improve their health while enjoying training that could take them to competitions at local, regional, national and international levels. But the benefits from Special Olympics BC programs go well beyond the basics: athletes experience joy and acceptance, cultivate friendships and self-confidence, and feel empowered to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

As well, a network of thousands of coaches and fans share a unique experience and sense of community in supporting, cheering on and learning from the athletes they work with.