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Eyes on the prize at the basketball development tournament hosted by SOBC - Kelowna.

Great competition development on the go

18 February 2017

2016-17 has been a great sport season to date for competition development, in an effort to provide experience and education to new Special Olympics BC athletes and coaches.

SOBC – Kelowna’s Susan Foisy receives her Volunteer Sport Hero Award.

Hardworking volunteers honoured with community awards

16 February 2017

Sincere congratulations to Special Olympics BC volunteers Susan Foisy and Marie Morris who recently received recognition in their communities for their outstanding volunteer work.

An inspiring SOBC – Kelowna volunteer who is driven to make a difference for Special Olympics athletes, Foisy received a 2017 Community Sport Hero Award at a reception held by the City of Kelowna and PacificSport Okanagan on February 8.

Athletes Robyn Rauh and Vincent Li supporting the Champions for Inclusive Health meeting.

Champions for Inclusive Health come together to create change

15 February 2017

Based on available local and international data, we can see that British Columbians with intellectual disabilities have lower life expectancies, live more sedentary lifestyles, and are hospitalized more frequently than the general population. The impact on their lives, their families, and our health care system is profound. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

#ERASEbullying in sport
We have joined B.C. sport organizations in taking the pledge to end bullying in sport.

Standing together to end bullying

8 February 2017

A sport environment in which participants are exposed to negative experiences such as bullying can be harmful and cause individuals to quit. viaSport British Columbia found that 55 per cent of B.C. sport organizations surveyed know of athletes who have dropped out of sport because of bullying.

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Westminster Savings launches provincial partnership with SOBC

7 February 2017

Committed to changing lives and benefitting communities, Westminster Savings Credit Union (Westminster Savings) is kicking off a three-year provincial partnership with Special Olympics BC to celebrate the power and joy of sport.

SOBC - Oceanside athlete Shayne Blandin participating in the 2016 Athlete Speakers Bureau 1 course.

Building provincial and national athlete leadership

23 January 2017

Special Olympics Athlete Leadership programs give athletes the chance to develop their public speaking skills, governance knowledge, and confidence, helping them grow as leaders off the fields of play. The next opportunity for Special Olympics BC athletes to participate is coming up March 31 to April 2 in the Lower Mainland, where SOBC will offer Athlete Speakers Bureau 1 and 2, Athlete Governance, and Health Heroes courses.

5-pin bowling on the move in Games cycle

23 January 2017

Exciting changes are ahead for Special Olympics 5-pin bowlers across the country! The sport will be moving out of the summer Games cycle and into the winter Games cycle.

What this means is that 5-pin bowling will be in the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games and the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, and then will move into its new cycle and will be in the 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games followed by a National Championship/Games in 2020.

Special Olympics Team Canada figure skating
Special Olympics Team Canada figure skater Marc Theriault of Surrey and Honorary Coach Jamie Sale. Photo by Darren Inouye

Counting down to the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

20 January 2017

The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games are fast approaching, and the Team Canada members from B.C. are raring to go!

Meet Coach Zach Ollett

19 January 2017

Cowichan Valley coach Zach Ollett’s most memorable Special Olympics moment came when his Local’s floor hockey team finished in last place at a tournament. Rather than be discouraged, the athletes showed great sportsmanship and were happy to have had the opportunity to play.

Carolyn Kurtz (left) with other members of SOBC – Invermere.

Meet Volunteer Carolyn Kurtz

19 January 2017

Special Olympics BC – Invermere’s Carolyn Kurtz is an enthusiastic volunteer who loves how SOBC provides athletes with opportunities that are great for their health and well-being.