2015 SOBC Winter Games: Fun Facts
The 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games will bring together just over 700 athletes with intellectual disabilities and volunteer coaches and mission staff from all over the province.
The athletes will compete with determination and pride in the seven SOBC winter sports: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, and speed skating.
The competitors qualified to advance to the 2015 Provincial Games by competing in Regional Qualifiers in winter 2014. They come to the Games with their Regional teams representing the eight sport regions of B.C. and the Yukon.
At these Games athletes will be competing for the chance to advance to the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Those National Games will be the qualifier for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
Kamloops has a long history with Special Olympics – it was one of the first communities in B.C. to start offering Special Olympics programs in 1983.
SOBC last hosted Provincial Games in Kamloops in 2003. This year the ice sports will be hosted at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, floor hockey at South Kamloops Secondary and John Peterson Secondary, and the snow sports at Sun Peaks Resort. More info on venues
Alpine skiing will have 59 competitors from all eight SOBC Regions - a first for an SOBC Winter Games!
Cross-country skiing will have 35 racers, representing seven of the eight Regions and the Yukon.
Snowshoeing will have 67 competitors from all eight Regions.
There will be 22 curling teams competing at McArthur Island, hailing from all eight Regions.
Floor hockey will involve 16 teams from Regions 1 through 6 as well as 18 floor hockey skills individual competitors from three Regions.
Figure skating will have 30 competitors from six of the eight SOBC Regions plus Yukon athletes.
Speed skating will have 22 athletes from Regions 3, 4, and 6, marking a strong growing number for SOBC.