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SOBC athletes trek to Yukon Invitational Soccer Tournament

25 April 2018

A trio of Special Olympics BC soccer teams put their skills and sportsmanship on display during the inaugural Yukon Invitational Soccer Tournament in late March.

SOBC's Delta FC, the Surrey Seagulls, and the Chilliwack Wildcats travelled more than 1,400 kilometres to play against Whitehorse’s Charging Moose in the four-team tournament.

This is the first time in 22 years that Yukon has hosted a major Special Olympics event.

Joanie Hayes, SOBC's Competition and Youth Coordinator, said it was an incredible opportunity for everyone involved.

A SOBC cross country skier takes part in the Regional Qualifier in Kelowna on February 10.

Regional Qualifiers celebrate a successful season

25 April 2018

It was an incredible winter of competition on sportsmanship as Special Olympics BC athletes across the province wrapped up another successful Regional Qualifier season. 

Leslie McNary, Vice President, Sport for SOBC, said she was excited to hear about the level of competition throughout the eight Regions, as well as the tremendous efforts by all the Locals, volunteers, and staff.

Meet Athlete Dan Catarig

24 April 2018

Special Olympics BC – Mission’s Dan Catarig is a hardworking athlete who loves to help others.

Catarig serves as Athlete Representative on SOBC – Mission’s Local Committee. He says he felt honoured and surprised when he was elected to the position by his fellow athletes.

“I was pretty happy,” Catarig said. “I had a new opportunity to try new things and have a new role. I just want to help, and if you can help people, then why not?”

Meet Coach Stephen Suckling

24 April 2018

Special Olympics BC – Whistler Valley’s Stephen Suckling says helping young athletes develop physical skills and confidence is very rewarding.

April Fools' Run for SOBC athletes

24 April 2018

The following article is part of Special Olympics BC initiative to engage our athletes to participate in creating media content for our followers. SOBC recently added Athlete Reporter to its annual Athlete Leadership Conference in an effort to encourage our members to find new avenues to help share their journey.  

By Mike Oswald SOBC – Sunshine Coast athlete reporter SOSC

Veda Graw loves SOBC – Nanaimo’s fun and inclusive Active Start sessions.

Children build confidence and have a blast in SOBC youth programs

24 April 2018

Five-year-old Veda Graw feels happy and proud when she walks into a Special Olympics BC – Nanaimo Active Start session.

“She absolutely loves it!” her mother Amanda Davis says. “Whenever we tell her it’s Special O day she gets so excited!”

Veda is participating in her third season of the Active Start program. Davis said developing motor skills has been a challenge for Veda, and the instruction and support she has received in the sessions has been very valuable to her.

Get outside and do a fitness scavenger hunt

24 April 2018

As the weather warms up, try getting together with your friends and doing a fitness scavenger hunt!

First, map out your route (it could be a path you normally use for jogging or walking), then list five to 10 body-weight exercises, such as push-ups, burpees, or squat jumps. Next to each exercise, write down something you might see along your path. This could include a park bench, traffic light, dog on a leash, or even a black convertible.

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2018 SOBC award nominations for amazing athletes, coaches, and volunteers

24 April 2018

We are excited to congratulate the 2018 nominees for Special Olympics BC’s five annual awards! These accomplished and inspiring athletes, coaches, and volunteers have been nominated by their peers in recognition of their outstanding achievements, spirit, and contributions to Special Olympics.

Please join us in congratulating these 38 deserving nominees!

Roshan Gosal is the student speaker at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Town and Gown event.

Roshan Gosal continues to Spread the Word

24 April 2018

University of the Fraser Valley student Roshan Gosal, with the help student volunteers and numerous Special Olympics athletes, initiated the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign in Abbotsford for the fourth consecutive year. The campaign has the support of all 11 Abbotsford high schools, UFV, and the City of Abbotsford.

Anaerobic power and anaerobic-aerobic endurance

23 April 2018

By Jacques Thibault, Special Olympics BC Sport Consultant

Jacques Thibault, an internationally recognized training and speed skating expert with a Master’s degree in science, works with Special Olympics BC athletes and coaches to help empower them to be their very best.

We have seen that there are three important paths to produce energy:

1) ATP-CP system,

2) Anaerobic system,

3) Aerobic system.

This month, let’s look at the anaerobic system.