Special Olympics British Columbia

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Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford athlete Derek Santema was excited to compete with his floor hockey team at the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Kamloops. “It’s fun and you get to shoot on net,” Santema says of his favourite sport. Santema, who plays centre, always has a smile on his face...
Crystal Laboucane, Special Olympics BC – Fort St. John Program Coordinator, overflows with enthusiasm for the Special Olympics community and enjoys a special connection with the athletes. While organizing programs for her Local, Laboucanealso helps coach various sports such as aquatics, athletics,...
Des Price has given countless hours to coaching athletics and alpine skiing for Special Olympics BC – North Shore. He is known for his infectious smile, welcoming attitude, and willingness to help out whenever needed. It’s no wonder he’s an athlete favourite. “Des has a true and evident...
Special Olympics BC – Prince George athlete Marinka VanHage can list many amazing achievements. Since joining Special Olympics 15 years ago at the age of eight, VanHage has twice competed on the world stage, participated in SOBC’s Athlete Leadership program, won the 2008 SOBC Athletic Achievement...
For Heiko Behn, Special Olympics BC – Nanaimo Treasurer, supporting his Local to the best of his ability is all in a day’s work. While helping SOBC – Nanaimo grow with his financial skills, Behn is also known for his advocacy for athletes so they will have as many opportunities as possible to...

In the Spotlight

Feb 26, 2015
With the seventh annual Spread the Word to End the Word awareness day coming soon, Special Olympics BC is excited to team up with Vancouver Whitecaps FC to advocate respect, inclusion, and an end to the R-word in front of a crowd of thousands. Special Olympics BC is fortunate to be the community...
Feb 24, 2015
The way Max Nelson sees it, Special Olympics athletes are superheroes. “When people say special needs, I don’t think of that, I think we have special powers,” the Special Olympics BC – Quesnel snowshoeing athlete said after a day of giving his all racing in the 2015 SOBC Winter Games. Nelson’s...
Feb 21, 2015
The first day of competition at the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games saw the first medals of the Games awarded to proud speed skaters, and many outstanding performances delivered by the athletes across all seven sports. There were so many smiles and so much pride! We caught up with athletes in...
Feb 19, 2015
On February 19 to 21, the Special Olympics BC Winter Games are returning to Kamloops for the first time in 12 years, and Kamloops is giving a very warm welcome. “Kamloops has really stepped up. The community has rallied to help us and we’ve had a great response from volunteers and sponsors. We’re...
Feb 11, 2015
Bill Farley was a remarkable Special Olympics BC – Kelowna coach, volunteer, leader, mentor, and friend. The Special Olympics family had the chance to pay tribute to Farley and celebrate his incredible impact at the 2015 Sport BC Community Sport Hero Awards ceremony in Kelowna. His award win and...