Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

2017 SOBC Summer Games: Fun Facts

About Special Olympics & the 2017 SOBC Summer Games

The 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games will bring together more than 1,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities and volunteer coaches and mission staff from all over the province. These will be SOBC's largest Provincial Games to date!

The athletes will compete with determination and pride in the 11 SOBC summer sports: 5- and 10-pin bowling, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball, and swimming.

The competitors qualified to advance to the 2017 Provincial Games by competing in Regional Qualifiers in 2016. 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 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Those National Games will be the qualifier for the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.

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. This year SOBC – Kamloops is marking 35 years! They offer a variety of year-round sport programs, striving to provide positive sport experiences for all. Learn more about SOBC – Kamloops

This will be the fourth time Kamloops has hosted SOBC Provincial Games, and Canada’s Tournament Capital was also the host of the first official SOBC Summer Games in 1986.

SOBC last hosted Provincial Games in Kamloops in 2015. Hot on the heels of the successful 2015 SOBC Winter Games, Kamloops is the first community to host back-to-back SOBC Winter and Summer Games.

In 2017, the SOBC Games Opening Ceremony will be held on July 6, followed by competition throughout Friday July 7 and Saturday July 8. A Closing Ceremony (for Regional teams only) will be held on July 8 and volunteer recognition breakfast on July 9.

More than 1,000 volunteers will be needed to help stage this inspiring event. Register here

About Kamloops

Kamloops is Canada's Tournament Capital, and hosts over 100 tournaments each year consisting of 27,878 participants.

Expedia ranks Kamloops as the 13th most breathtaking place in North America. 

There are 82 parks in Kamloops, covering a total of 1,350 hectares.

The name Kamloops comes from the Secwepemc word T'kemlups meaning "the meeting of the rivers." Kamloops is on the meeting point of the South Thompson and the North Thompson which, together, create the Thompson River. 

Kamloops was incorporated as a city in 1893.  

Kamloops is unique in that its adjacent hillsides are grass-covered with considerable sagebrush but little tree growth to the 900m level, creating what is known as an inverted tree line. In most places the trees won't grow above a certain level due to the lack of precipitation, but in Kamloops, they won't grow below a certain level due to the lack of precipitation. 

In the young years of Kamloops, the river was used as a trade route for transporting goods.  There were many boats, including paddle boats, which went up and down the river carrying food, supplies, and fur.

Kamloops has 13 remarkable golf courses.

Kamloops was once home to famous Canadian poet Robert Service who wrote recognizable hits like “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” He used to work at the Commerce Bank, which is now known as the Brownstone Restaraunt.

In 1888 the first electric light was installed on the corner of 1st and Seymour near City Hall.

The annual average of sunny skies is 2,047 hours, with an annual rainfall of 217.9 mm.

Kamloops is one of only two places in Canada where the two national railways (CP and CN) intersect in city limits.

2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games

Thanks to our generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors

City of Kamloops

School District 73


Gold Sponsors

TD Bank Group

Kamloops Sports Legacy Fund

Royal Bank of CanadaRBC Dominion Securities

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Silver Sponsors


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Bronze Sponsors 

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