Special Olympics British Columbia

Local Stars

Special Olympics BC – Sunshine Coast athlete Micheal Oswald has turned his life around with Special Olympics, finding wings as a gold-medal-winning athlete and as an athlete reporter. “It all started with Special Olympics,” Oswald says of his recent life successes. Oswald returned to SOBC six years...
Special Olympics BC – Creston coach Ed Stemler found his way into Special Olympics with his son James, an SOBC athlete, and has since made a big contribution coaching softball, floor hockey, and now golf. He values the big hearts and positive attitude of the athletes, and he encourages...
Special Olympics BC – Summerland volunteer Lois Hall works hard behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly as her Local’s Treasurer. She finds inspiration in Special Olympics and is quick to voice her appreciation of fellow volunteers and athletes alike for all they contribute to the...
Special Olympics BC – Smithers athlete Leona Barendregt has loved swimming all her life, and in Special Olympics she has taken her abilities to the next level. Since joining Special Olympics in her early twenties, Barendregt has continued to thrive as a swimmer and is an all-around athlete who...
Special Olympics BC – Powell River coach Susan Storry is known for her genuine, caring, and calm demeanor. Her positive attitude has served her well as a Team BC coach, a role she has filled with dedication and grace three times for swimming and twice now for curling, including her current position...

In the Spotlight

Jul 30, 2015
Dedicated athletes and coaches have been busy in 2015 at Special Olympics BC Performance Program camps where they have had the chance to elevate training and competition techniques. New opportunities have included SOBC’s first-ever bocce and golf camps, new dryland practices for cross-country...
Jul 29, 2015
Special Olympics BC athletes are shining at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, showing great displays of sportsmanship, winning medals, and making history on the first days of competition. The B.C. contingent of Special Olympics Team Canada 2015 includes 57 athletes and 18...
Jul 7, 2015
For young Special Olympics BC athlete Katie Oliver, Special Olympics is the place where it’s her turn to take centre stage. “Special Olympics gives her the opportunity to train and compete as an athlete, just as she has watched her brother in his own activities; with Special Olympics, she feels...
Jul 2, 2015
We’re delighted to congratulate Special Olympics BC – Mission volunteer Stuart Coates and SOBC – Coquitlam athlete Mandy Manzardo on their recent recognition by the Sports Halls of Fame in their home communities! Coates, a longtime SOBC – Mission coach and volunteer, was inducted into the Mission...
Jun 30, 2015
Mary Brown’s is committed to helping enrich lives through the joy of sport by supporting Special Olympics Canada this July. The first Mary Brown’s stores launched more than 40 years ago in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and their locations have been popping up in cities and towns all across Canada. We’...