Special Olympics British Columbia

Local Stars

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...
Travis Chastkavich is thrilled to share his lifelong love of swimming with Special Olympics BC athletes. The aquatics coach is in the pool with SOBC – Burnaby athletes every Saturday; he has also worked with SOBC’s Performance Project and coached athletes at Games, including Team BC aquatics...

In the Spotlight

Oct 24, 2014
The 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the sponsors who have signed on to date, and is inviting volunteers and additional sponsors to get involved in this inspiring display of sportsmanship, determination, pride, and joy. Set to be held next February...
Nov 4, 2014
The Canada Games are coming to Prince George next February, and four Special Olympics BC figure skaters are preparing to be part of the action in their home province. From February 13 until March 1, the 2015 Canada Winter Games will bring together 2,400 athletes, 1,000 coaches and officials, up to...
Oct 30, 2014
Special Olympics BC is fortunate to have outstanding leadership and support from our Board of Directors. We truly appreciate their significant contributions and dedication to supporting the ongoing quality and value of this organization. At SOBC’s recent AGM, several Directors moved into new...
Oct 25, 2014
As a child, Special Olympics BC – Langley athlete Josh Low endured multiple heart surgeries and survived cancer. Doctors said he would never play sports. But that was all he wanted to do, so his parents enrolled Josh, then 12, and his brother Jaykob, eight, in Special Olympics. The brothers took...
Oct 25, 2014
CrossFit athletes came out in droves to flex their muscles for Special Olympics once again this year, with 19 gyms in seven provinces taking part in the 2014 CF24 challenge and raising $130,000 for Special Olympics. CF24 brings together CrossFit athletes from across the country to raise funds...