Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Local Stars

Cowichan Valley coach Zach Ollett’s most memorable Special Olympics moment came when his Local’s floor hockey team finished in last place at a tournament. Rather than be discouraged, the athletes showed great sportsmanship and were happy to have had the opportunity to play. Ollett fell in love with...
Special Olympics BC – Invermere’s Carolyn Kurtz is an enthusiastic volunteer who loves how SOBC provides athletes with opportunities that are great for their health and well-being. Kurtz was inspired to get involved with Special Olympics after meeting an SOBC – Invermere athlete who is a “dynamic,...
Special Olympics BC – Vernon’s Justin Sigal is a talented cross country skier who is looking forward to representing his country at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. “I’m very proud to be a Canadian, to compete for my country, and to represent everyone who has supported me in...
Special Olympics BC – South Okanagan’s Kyle Sanderson excelled at April’s Swimming Regional Qualifier for Region 2 in Kelowna. A natural athlete who loves to be the pool, Sanderson raced to four first-place results and one second-place finish in the event. Kyle’s mother Beverly Sanderson...
Whether it’s training for a track meet or tearing up the dance floor in a superhero costume, Chris Vanderwel says being involved with Special Olympics is an amazing experience. The Head Coach of SOBC – Richmond’s athletics and Club Fit programs, Vanderwel is passionate about creating a positive,...

In the Spotlight

Feb 18, 2017
2016-17 has been a great sport season to date for competition development, in an effort to provide experience and education to new Special Olympics BC athletes and coaches. In November, SOBC – Comox Valley hosted a development swim competition with a focus on teaching athletes the ins and outs of...
Feb 16, 2017
Sincere congratulations to Special Olympics BC volunteers Susan Foisy and Marie Morris who recently received recognition in their communities for their outstanding volunteer work. An inspiring SOBC – Kelowna volunteer who is driven to make a difference for Special Olympics athletes, Foisy received...
Feb 15, 2017
Based on available local and international data, we can see that British Columbians with intellectual disabilities have lower life expectancies, live more sedentary lifestyles, and are hospitalized more frequently than the general population. The impact on their lives, their families, and our...
#ERASEbullying in sport
Feb 8, 2017
A sport environment in which participants are exposed to negative experiences such as bullying can be harmful and cause individuals to quit. viaSport British Columbia found that 55 per cent of B.C. sport organizations surveyed know of athletes who have dropped out of sport because of bullying. That...
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Feb 7, 2017
Committed to changing lives and benefitting communities, Westminster Savings Credit Union (Westminster Savings) is kicking off a three-year provincial partnership with Special Olympics BC to celebrate the power and joy of sport. As a SOBC Provincial Partner from 2017 to 2019, Westminster Savings...