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Kelowna's Francis Stanley racing at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
SOBC - Kelowna's Francis Stanley racing at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

Special Olympics Team Canada 2017 results and highlights

19 March 2017

That's a wrap on the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games! We are so proud of the Special Olympics Team Canada members from B.C., and loved cheering for the more than 2,600 athletes from 105 countries who gave their all on this remarkable global stage.

Abbotsford youth volunteers with University of the Fraser Valley President Mark
Abbotsford youth volunteers with University of the Fraser Valley President Dr. Mark Evered pledging respect.

Champions of respect ending the R-word

23 March 2017

On and around March 1, Special Olympics champions throughout the province and around the world spoke out in support of the ninth annual Spread the Word to End the Word® awareness day. Champions of inclusion and dignity for individuals with intellectual disabilities use this inspiring campaign and the international awareness day to help stop the hurtful use of the R-word and rally people to pledge respect at r-word.org.

Train with a friend who is around your level of ability and has similar goals

22 March 2017

You'll be far less likely to skip your workout if you know someone is depending on you. It's also more motivating when you have someone to encourage you, and you'll be far less likely to cut your sessions short. As an extra tip, try swapping one running shoe with your training partner between workouts. This way, if you don’t show up for a workout, you will have their shoe and you will be cancelling their workout too. This will help you be accountable and get you to your workout on days when it is extra hard!

Meet Athlete Lorraine Dick

22 March 2017

When Special Olympics BC – Williams Lake started back up in late 2015 after going on hiatus for a couple of years, Lorraine Dick was one of the first athletes to sign up.

Dick says she likes Special Olympics because it lets her be part of a community and it “feels good to be part of a team.”

Dick participates in 5-pin bowling and soccer with SOBC – Williams Lake, and in the past she has also taken part in floor hockey, snowshoeing, soccer, and softball.

Meet Coach Brooke McConnell

22 March 2017

Special Olympics BC – Nelson coach Brooke McConnell says one of her most memorable moments with SOBC came when heavy rainfall soaked participants at a bocce tournament. Instead of letting the weather ruin the event, the athletes showed their spirit by competing with even bigger smiles than before.

Meet Volunteer Dorothy Franson

22 March 2017

Hardworking Special Olympics BC – Chilliwack Program Coordinator Dorothy Franson is inspired by the amazing athletes in her Local, who she says always try their best and do a great job of supporting each other.

Last year's SOBC try-it day in Campbell River.

New SOBC school sports programming creates competition, development, fun

22 March 2017

Special Olympics BC’s core programs are open to athletes eight years old and up, with many athletes participating well into their later years. But we are finding that many young people have been joining Special Olympics after graduating from high school, thereby coming to us with limited physical literacy. Armed with that understanding, SOBC is working to target students to help them connect with Special Olympics and physical skill development opportunities earlier in their lives.

Darren Inouye received his award from Sarah Wall, SOBC Manager, Community Development, for the Lower Mainland.

Darren Inouye honoured with Sport BC Presidents’ Award

20 March 2017

Special Olympics BC Region 5 Coordinator and Special Olympics Team Canada 2017 mission staff member Darren Inouye is the deserving winner of the 2017 Sport BC Presidents’ Award for SOBC.

The Westminster Savings team gets bold and cold!

Fearless Plungers get bold and cold for SOBC

17 March 2017

Brave participants in colourful costumes made a huge splash at the 2017 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC presented by Westminster Savings Credit Union on March 4.

The frigid and festive fundraiser brought in more than $85,000 for SOBC, almost three times as much as last year’s inaugural Vancouver Polar Plunge, with 189 individuals registering to get freezin’ for a reason at Kitsilano Beach.

Goldcorp President & CEO David Garofalo and SOBC - Surrey athlete Michaela Robinson.

Meet a Sponsor: Goldcorp

2 March 2017

Thanks to our vital sponsors, Special Olympics BC programs help thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities celebrate personal achievement and gain confidence, skills, and friendship. Here we look at how significant support from Goldcorp empowers Special Olympics athletes of all ages to enrich their lives through the joy of sport.