Special Olympics British Columbia

Local Stars

Special Olympics BC – Smithers athlete Leona Barendregt has loved swimming all her life, and in Special Olympics she has taken her abilities to the next level. Since joining Special Olympics in her early twenties, Barendregt has continued to thrive as a swimmer and is an all-around athlete who...
Special Olympics BC – Powell River coach Susan Storry is known for her genuine, caring, and calm demeanor. Her positive attitude has served her well as a Team BC coach, a role she has filled with dedication and grace three times for swimming and twice now for curling, including her current position...
Dick Jennens, Special Olympics BC – Langley Local Coordinator, and his family have been a big part of SOBC for many years on and off the fields of play. Jennens’ eldest son George is a Special Olympics athlete and another son Gregg worked for SOBC for eight years. Dick Jennens is an incredibly...
Special Olympics BC – Richmond athlete Nicky Chow was the pride of his community when he competed in speed skating at the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Kamloops. Chow struck gold in the 333-metre race and the team relay, and bronze in the 500- and 777-metre races in the February event. “...
Cathy and Jeff Lafortune of Special Olympics BC – Castlegar are an inspiring mother-and-son team who have brought their dedication and passion to the roles of Treasurer, Local Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, and this year, Program Coordinator. The Lafortunes say their wholehearted respect for...

In the Spotlight

May 28, 2015
Knowing that he was running for Special Olympics gave Greg Mather the “extra oomph” he needed to finish his 21.1 kilometres in the 2014 Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k. Mather is one of 23 Special Olympics BC volunteers, athletes, and supporters who have signed on to participate in the...
May 27, 2015
We’re delighted to congratulate Special Olympics BC – Chilliwack volunteer Kathie MacDonald and SOBC – Kamloops athlete Dallas Gilchrist who have been recently recognized in their communities for their contributions to Special Olympics and outstanding achievements! On May 13, MacDonald received a...
May 26, 2015
The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic has an illustrious 32-year history on the Canadian track and field scene, and this year will include Special Olympics events for the first time. Sixteen Special Olympics BC athletes (eight men and eight women) will race 100-metre events at...
May 15, 2015
From July 13 to 25, Staff Sergeant Joanne Wild of the Vancouver Police Department and BC Law Enforcement Torch Run Provincial Director Rick Lucy will join an international team of law enforcement runners who will carry the Flame of Hope through communities in California and into the Opening...
May 14, 2015
The journey to the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Newfoundland and Labrador is a long and exciting one for the members of Team BC 2016. These athletes have worked hard to advance through Regional Qualifiers and Provincial Games to earn the opportunity to compete at the National Games...