Special Olympics British Columbia

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When Stuart Baker moved back to Mackenzie from Alberta, being able to jump right back into Special Olympics “put a big smile on his face,” his mother Genevieve Baker said. Baker says he likes Special Olympics because “it gets me out with my friends.” The SOBC – Mackenzie athlete also thrives in his...
What Brandon Wong looks forward to the most as a swim coach for Special Olympics BC – Vancouver is “jumping in the water with the other coaches and athletes, once things are handled and practice is running.” As Head Coach, Wong is busy year-round overseeing the swimming program to make it a success...
When Special Olympics BC – Merritt was first starting up in 2013, Erica Martindale enthusiastically jumped on board. Martindale was excited to see new opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities in her community to get active, and she took up the reins as Head Coach with the Local’s...
Special Olympics BC – Dawson Creek Local Coordinator Tracy Heartt truly believes in the principles and vision of Special Olympics. Heartt works hard to make sure that her Local is there for every athlete who expresses a desire to be part of Special Olympics. This hardworking volunteer is happiest...
Special Olympics BC – Burnaby athlete Katie Little is focused as she prepares to compete in snowshoeing at the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. “She is so proud,” her mother Liz Little says. “We hear the word Newfoundland six times a day. She...

In the Spotlight

Feb 6, 2016
With just a few weeks to go until the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, the members of Team BC 2016 are pumped and prepared to compete in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador! Alongside their January-February training, team members have been taking part in tune-up competitions including...
Feb 5, 2016
Set to be held February 25 to 28, the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games will include the debut of the Special Olympics figure skating event, and SOBC basketball players will also compete in their own division for just the second time at BC Games.  We’re looking forward to cheering on the...
Jan 28, 2016
Inspired by ongoing enthusiasm from former athletes, Williams Lake volunteers are dedicating themselves to bringing Special Olympics back to their community. Special Olympics BC – Williams Lake began offering programs in 1982, but the Region 8 Local moved into hiatus in recent years due to...
Jan 27, 2016
The Special Olympics BC Curling Performance Camp in December 2015 marked a milestone for the Performance Program: By expanding into curling, the program now reaches coaches and athletes in all 18 SOBC sports. Last year saw the first Performance Program camps for 5- and 10-pin bowling, bocce,...
Jan 25, 2016
Special Olympics BC Regional Conferences create opportunities for dedicated coaches and volunteers to come together with awesome peers in their Regions to educate, engage, and inspire each other. The first Regional Conference in 2016 will be the Region 3 and 4 Get in the Game event. Set to be held...