Club News

Become a Special Olympics Manitoba Coach

Help make a difference in an athlete’s life today by joining the team of program volunteers and coaches who directly provide training for athletes in cross country skiing. They work with athletes to improve basic motor skills and prepare athletes for competition. The time commitment is one to two sessions each week for 1 to 2 1⁄2 hours (up to the coach). Some weekends are required for competition. Be a part of athletes achieving their goals and capture the spirit of Special Olympics! 

We are currently searching for a Head Coach (or 2 people to Co-Head Coach) in the Winnipeg Region to be able to start up our cross country skiing program. Appropriate training and screening measures will be provided.


  • Able to work in a team setting as well as one-on-one with athletes.
  • Have some knowledge about cross country skiing.
  • Some coaching experience is preferred. 
  • Able to communicate instructions effectively.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Plan club activities for the season.
  • Regularly communicate with athletes, volunteers, and caregivers.
  • Facilitate practices with assistant coaches with the safety and well-being of the athletes always coming first.
  • Attend competitions with athletes regularly.

For more information on the role, please contact Kayla Kasian at

Community Sport For All Initiative Funding

Congratulations to Ski Birch (Roseisle, MB) who applied for the Community Sport For All Initiative from the Government of Canada, through Nordiq Canada, and will receive $24,500 for their Ski! Koda! Ski! program in partnership with Mahpiya Hdega (Dakota Plains School).

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Clubs can still apply for this federally funded initiative through the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA). Applications are due November 10th, 2022

In alignment with its mandate to provide publicly accessible community sport and recreation opportunities to all Canadians, this new funding will allow CPRA to support community-led projects that aim to remove barriers and increase participation rates in recreation for underrepresented groups, in particular, Black, Indigenous, racially diverse, 2SLGBTQQIA+, low-income and newcomer populations, as well as people living with disabilities.

Sandilands Ski Club’s Trail Preparation Day on Saturday October 29, 2022

From Sandilands Ski Club:

Plan to come out to Sandilands and assist with trail prep this fall. You are guaranteed to have a good time.  We will meet at 10:00 AM at the new warming hut off the Green parking lot across from Wayside Park.

Contact Laurie Silversides —  204-326-4267 — to let us know that you will be assisting at trail prep, or if you have questions about Trail Preparation Day.

A home-made lunch will be provided for volunteers who work at trail prep.  Cordless drills, pruning shears, shovels, chain saws, a splitting axe, and lots of workers are appreciated. 

NEW Government Grants for Sport – Apply Now

As sport continues to bounce back after a couple challenging years, the Province’s new Arts, Culture and Sport in Community (ACSC) Fund is an opportunity for eligible non-profit organizations to enhance accessibility to quality programming and facilities.

This is a big opportunity for sport, and we encourage our sport partners to apply here as soon as possible.

Distributed over three years, up to $100 million in funding will support three programs:
Large Capital Projects (deadline October 31, 2022)
Small Capital Project and Special Initiatives (deadline September 26, 2022)
Community Celebrations (Deadline is quarterly, on September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15)

The programs will allow local arts, culture, and sport organizations to innovate and respond to emerging community needs, including those that are led by Indigenous, Francophone, and ethnocultural communities.

Find an FAQ, fund guidelines and application forms at