Special Olympics British Columbia

Local Stars

Ashley Readman brings great knowledge and heart to her involvement with Special Olympics BC – Kitimat. Readman started out as the Local’s Registrar and has also served as a curling coach; her team qualified to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games. While the happy circumstance of now...
Special Olympics BC – Comox Valley athlete Larry McCooey joined Special Olympics at the tender age of nine. Now, 40 years later, this dedicated athlete is going strong and continuing his sporty lifestyle. “He’s been active his whole life,” his father Leighton McCooey says. “He likes all sports.”...
Program Coordinator Brian Hansen is always there to support the athletes, coaches, parents, and caregivers in Special Olympics BC – Delta. Hansen, whose son is an SOBC – Delta athlete, is friendly with many of the athletes in his Local. He can be counted on to keep in touch with coaches and help...
Pat Krieger is known for her commitment to athletes. The Special Olympics BC – South Okanagan 5-pin bowling Head Coach is there for her them at every practice and out-of-town competition, patiently imparting her strategies in the lanes. She is respected for her even temperament and sense of...
Shelly Poland has broken new ground as the first athlete from Special Olympics BC – Golden to compete at a Special Olympics World Winter Games. Poland put her Local on the map at the 2013 World Games in the Republic of Korea, earning a gold medal and a sixth-place finish in cross-country skiing and...

In the Spotlight

Jan 14, 2015
When the Team BC male U16 hockey squad came together in Richmond for their December training camp building toward the 2015 Canada Winter Games, a memorable matchup with the Special Olympics BC – Richmond floor hockey team was an exciting part of the action. Team BC 2015 hockey players at the Canada...
Jan 13, 2015
The end of 2014 saw the Special Olympics BC Performance Program expand into snow sports and powerlifting, bringing together athletes and coaches from around the province for on-snow action in Kamloops and powerlifting development in Richmond. Great participants and experts made these opportunities...
Jan 7, 2015
"Before I joined Special Olympics, I didn't really know about myself, and I only had a few friends. But now, since I joined Special Olympics, I not only know about myself, but I have lots of friends." -SOBC – Vancouver athlete Alex "I love Special Olympics because I get to compete, and win...
Jan 6, 2015
2015 is an especially exciting year: It’s the Year of Sport in Canada, the year of the Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Kamloops and the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, and the 35th anniversary of Special Olympics BC! We’ll be celebrating all year long and we’re delighted to...
Dec 30, 2014
Special Olympics BC's 2014 Bulletin newsletter is now available online for your year-end reading pleasure! Relive this year's inspiring achievements, exciting events, and generous support. The look back at the great stories of 2014 includes the engaging accounts shared by SOBC Locals recapping the...