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Beaming at the bowling lanes during the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games

2017 SOBC Summer Games athletes shone in Kamloops

12 July 2017

Nearly 1,200 individuals with intellectual disabilities gave their all in 11 sports and inspired everyone watching at the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games, held in Kamloops July 6 to 8. These were SOBC’s largest Provincial Games to date and a thrilling display of the true power and joy of sport.

SOBC - Surrey's Melissa Semke sprinting for the finish line at the 2016 BC Games in Abbotsford.

SOBC athletes set to compete at 2017 Canada Games

21 July 2017

More than 4,000 athletes and coaches will converge in Winnipeg for the 2017 Canada Summer Games July 28 to August 13, and eight Special Olympics BC athletes and two coaches will be part of the athletics and swimming action!

The Canada Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes, and in 2017 will celebrate their 50th anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday.  

Meet a Sponsor: viaSport British Columbia

20 July 2017

We are so grateful to our vital sponsors and partners, whose support helps Special Olympics BC empower athletes to enrich their lives, gain confidence, and develop friendships. Here we look at how viaSport British Columbia is working to create inclusive sport opportunities across the province and providing important funding to support Special Olympics BC activities and projects.

SOBC's Ryan Courtemanche (left) and Austin Johnston (second from right) on the podium at the SONA Golf Championship.

SOBC golfers succeed at 2017 SO North America Golf Championship

19 July 2017

Two Special Olympics BC golfers, Abbotsford’s Austin Johnston and Kelowna’s Ryan Courtemanche, did our province proud competing in the 2017 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship held June 26 to 28 at Willows Run Golf Complex in Redmond, Washington.

SOBC - Kamloops softball coach Mike Ward and athlete Kent Plettl after reading the coach and athlete oaths.

2017 SOBC Summer Games action, excitement underway

7 July 2017

The 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games Opening Ceremony had it all, thrills aplenty and chills from the amazing energy of the athletes, teams, and supporters! "I can't wait to cheer you on! My heart is so full tonight, you inspire all of us!" Honorary General Manager Renee Hopfner of Sobeys told the athletes. Sincere thanks to everyone involved in this terrific party!

Everyone is so excited for competition kicking off and running throughout Friday and Saturday!

Games schedule

Joan Gerhardt (left) receiving the 2017 Special Olympics BC President's Award from SOBC – Kelowna Local Coordinator Sue Foisy.

2017 President’s Award recipient: Joan Gerhardt

30 June 2017

A Special Olympics BC – Kelowna volunteer of more than 20 years, Joan Gerhardt has played a critical role in raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics in her community. Gerhardt is an inspiring leader who is the driving force behind her Local’s most important fundraising event, and she is the deserving winner of SOBC’s 2017 President’s Award.

Goldcorp President & CEO David Garofalo and SOBC – Langley athlete Christian Burton.

Goldcorp Invitational changes lives with Special Olympics BC

30 June 2017

On June 28, members of the business community hit the sun-soaked greens at the beautiful Northview Golf & Country Club for a day of golf that helps Special Olympics BC change lives across the province.

Now in its 11th year, the Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament has raised more than $2.1 million for Special Olympics BC and helped make a difference to athletes with intellectual disabilities like Langley’s Matthew Williams, a 2017 World Games medallist and co-emcee at this year’s event.

2017 SOBC Summer Games gearing up for exciting Opening Ceremony, inspiring competitions

29 June 2017

The 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games will be an inspiring and action-packed showcase of the abilities of nearly 1,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities, and all of Kamloops is encouraged to come out and enjoy these unique events free of charge.

2017 Athletic Achievement Award recipient: Paige Norton

29 June 2017

A confident, courageous, and talented individual, Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford’s Paige Norton is an accomplished athlete and a great ambassador for SOBC in her community. Through her commitment to trying her best, showing good sportsmanship, and living a healthy lifestyle, she is a great example to other athletes in her Local, and the winner of SOBC’s 2017 Athletic Achievement Award.

Donna Bilous (right) receiving the 2017 Special Olympics BC Howard Carter Award with husband Tom Norton and daughter Paige.

2017 Howard Carter Award recipient: Donna Bilous

29 June 2017

Region 3 Coordinator and Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford coach Donna Bilous works hard to help SOBC athletes develop confidence, independence, and skills. A knowledgeable and respected coach who consistently demonstrates honesty and integrity through her actions, Bilous is the deserving recipient of the 2017 Howard Carter Award.