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When Special Olympics BC – Williams Lake started back up in late 2015 after going on hiatus for a couple of years, Lorraine Dick was one of the first athletes to sign up. Dick says she likes Special Olympics because it lets her be part of a community and it “feels good to be part of a team.” Dick...
Special Olympics BC – Nelson coach Brooke McConnell says one of her most memorable moments with SOBC came when heavy rainfall soaked participants at a bocce tournament. Instead of letting the weather ruin the event, the athletes showed their spirit by competing with even bigger smiles than before....
Hardworking Special Olympics BC – Chilliwack Program Coordinator Dorothy Franson is inspired by the amazing athletes in her Local, who she says always try their best and do a great job of supporting each other. Franson first got involved with Special Olympics when her daughter Melinda signed up as...
Hardworking Special Olympics BC – Port Alberni athlete Sebastien Thomas says being active is important to him because it keeps him fit and healthy.  Thomas takes part in almost every sport his Local offers. In the winter he participates in 5-pin bowling, basketball, curling, floor hockey, and...
Special Olympics BC – Coquitlam alpine skiing coach Mark Schnurr says volunteering with SOBC has played an important role in shaping the person he is today. An SOBC coach of almost 30 years, Schnurr met his wife through Special Olympics and says the organization has given him opportunities to...

In the Spotlight

Kelowna's Francis Stanley racing at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
Mar 19, 2017
That's a wrap on the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games! We are so proud of the Special Olympics Team Canada members from B.C., and loved cheering for the more than 2,600 athletes from 105 countries who gave their all on this remarkable global stage. After years of training and competition to...
Abbotsford youth volunteers with University of the Fraser Valley President Mark
Mar 23, 2017
On and around March 1, Special Olympics champions throughout the province and around the world spoke out in support of the ninth annual Spread the Word to End the Word® awareness day. Champions of inclusion and dignity for individuals with intellectual disabilities use this inspiring campaign and...
Mar 22, 2017
Special Olympics BC’s core programs are open to athletes eight years old and up, with many athletes participating well into their later years. But we are finding that many young people have been joining Special Olympics after graduating from high school, thereby coming to us with limited physical...
Mar 20, 2017
Special Olympics BC Region 5 Coordinator and Special Olympics Team Canada 2017 mission staff member Darren Inouye is the deserving winner of the 2017 Sport BC Presidents’ Award for SOBC. Presidents’ Awards are given to volunteers from Sport BC member and partner organizations who demonstrate the...
Mar 17, 2017
Brave participants in colourful costumes made a huge splash at the 2017 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC presented by Westminster Savings Credit Union on March 4. The frigid and festive fundraiser brought in more than $85,000 for SOBC, almost three times as much as last year’s inaugural...