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Local Stars

Special Olympics BC – Golden swimmer Nicholas McClean says his greatest strengths as an athlete are he works hard and is persistent. McClean says even if he falls behind in a race, he always finishes up to the best of his ability. “I enjoy learning and that helps me become a better athlete,” he...
Whether at a floor hockey game or a Local Committee meeting, Special Olympics BC – Prince Rupert Treasurer Renee Pottle’s favourite thing about SOBC is seeing the enthusiasm of the athletes and their supporters. Pottle and her husband Kevin started coaching floor hockey with SOBC to support her...
Bill and Judy Zmaeff say coaching 5-pin bowling and bocce with Special Olympics BC – Revelstoke is the most fun they have ever had. Bill and Judy first got involved with Special Olympics through their bowling league, and they soon discovered they are a great coaching team. Since then they have...
Special Olympics BC – Ridge Meadows athlete Nate McNeil is passionate about elevating his performance on the track and living a healthy lifestyle. McNeil’s favorite sport is athletics and he loves competing in long-distance running events. He says running can be hard work, but it makes him feel...
Special Olympics BC – Richmond’s Jonathan Loong is an enthusiastic volunteer who loves being part of his Local’s fun and welcoming community. As SOBC – Richmond’s Volunteer Coordinator, Loong works hard to connect people who are interested in getting involved with his Local with positions where...

In the Spotlight

Jun 26, 2017
Special Olympics BC – Port Alberni’s Bill Scobbie is a committed and caring coach who has developed great relationships with athletes, coaches, parents, and caregivers in his Local. A knowledgeable bocce and curling coach, Scobbie works hard to provide opportunities for athletes, and he is the...
Jun 20, 2017
Comox Valley and Nanaimo student-athletes with intellectual disabilities took centre stage on May 26 in the inaugural Special Olympics BC Vancouver Island 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, marking an exciting and inspirational beginning to SOBC school sport competition! After weeks of training, the...
Jun 20, 2017
Special Olympics BC – Kimberly/Cranbrook coach Lisa Ruigrok says the recent SOBC Region 1 and 2 Conference was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to develop her skills. As a new coach, she says the event helped her create valuable connections with other volunteers and learn more about SOBC and...
Jun 13, 2017
Two Special Olympics BC golfers, Kelowna’s Ryan Courtemanche and Abbotsford’s Austin Johnston, will hit the links in Washington this month in the 2017 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship! In the championship running June 26 to 28 at Redmond’s Willows Run Golf Complex, more than 230...
Jun 12, 2017
Special Olympics BC – Richmond’s Kelsey Thomson is a cheerful, compassionate athlete who is always looking to support her teammates. Described by her nominators as an inspiring leader and role model to other athletes, Thomson is the deserving winner of SOBC’s 2017 Spirit of Sport Award. A...