Special Olympics British Columbia

Local Stars

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...
With the fall season soon kicking off for Special Olympics BC – Terrace, athlete Keegan Haines has a lot to look forward to. This all-around athlete will continue his training in 5-pin bowling, basketball, and curling. He’s already tried his hand at bocce, soccer, and swimming. Haines has always...
Rachel Lam started the Special Olympics BC – Burnaby rhythmic gymnastics program several years ago – and then used her amazing initiative to start up the same program for SOBC – Fort St. John. She’s been thrilled to watch the athletes grow and says her experience with Special Olympics has helped...
When the Executive Committee for Special Olympics BC – Merritt formed in fall 2013, one of the last roles to be filled was Local Coordinator. Fortunately, Byron Robbie stepped in with his amazing administrative skills and helped get the new Local up and running. Now Robbie’s busy organizing...

In the Spotlight

Oct 10, 2014
JYSK ran another record-breaking fundraiser this year as stores across Canada stepped up for the 2014 Champions Start at Home campaign in support of Special Olympics. Customers showed their generous support throughout September. We are so grateful to all the staff, customers, volunteers, and...
Oct 3, 2014
“It’s hard to believe it’s actually happening,” delighted bocce coach Dona Cade says of making Special Olympics Team Canada for the Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015. After growing together for 10 years in the sport of bocce, Cade and Special Olympics BC – Penticton athletes...
Sep 20, 2014
Special Olympics BC is so fortunate to have more than 3,300 coaches and volunteers around the province who give so generously of their time, skills, and heart to make SOBC programs, events, and opportunities possible. Year-round in 57 communities around the province, SOBC coaches in 18 different...
Sep 19, 2014
Special Olympics youth programs continue to grow in B.C, giving children and youth with intellectual disabilities the chance to learn vital skills, get more active, and have a whole lot of fun. Since 2011, the number of Special Olympics BC youth programs around the province has more than doubled,...
Sep 19, 2014
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Special Olympics programs around the province are getting back in gear! Each fall, Special Olympics BC community programs return for the new season, and athletes and coaches alike get excited about coming back together for sports and friendship. There’s so...