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Try something new!

16 February 2018

Have you ever wanted to try something new when it comes to exercising, but just didn’t know what was offered out there? Well here are some great alternative forms of exercise that can simply be found in your own community.

Try drop-in yoga, Zoomba class, spin class, rowing class, water aerobics, or even get outside for some inexpensive recreational hiking or biking.

Trying new ways to exercise can be really fun and help you stay motivated. Get out there and try something new to help improve your overall fitness!

SOBC basketball players giving their all in the 2016 BC Winter Games.

SOBC basketball teams and figure skaters bound for 2018 BC Winter Games

29 January 2018

We are excited to announce the Special Olympics BC basketball and figure skating athletes and coaches who will take part in the Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games being held February 22 to 25.

More than 1,700 participants and another 1,600 volunteers will be in Kamloops as the BC Games celebrate their 40th anniversary.

We’re excited to cheer on the SOBC athletes as they hit the hardwood and the ice competing in Special Olympics events!

Jacques Thibault (centre) with SOBC athletes Paige Norton and Matthew Williams.

Fitness training model

25 January 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.

How do we get fit? Why do we have to sweat in order to get better?

New goals for a new year

25 January 2018

Start the year off right and create a fitness “game changer” for 2018. What is the one thing you could do in 2018 that would make the biggest difference to your health? This could be drinking more water, quitting smoking, or cutting down on sugary foods and drinks.

Develop steps that will help you reach your game changer. At the end of each week, check in and reflect on your progress. If you are having trouble reaching your goals, think of some new steps to help get you back on track.

Meet Athlete Miranda Laboucane

25 January 2018

Special Olympics BC – Fort St. John’s Miranda Laboucane is an enthusiastic athlete who loves to work hard in all aspects of her life.

Laboucane participates in 5-pin bowling, Club Fit, curling, figure skating, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, and track and field with SOBC – Fort St. John. Laboucane says her busy schedule with Special Olympics helps her maintain an active lifestyle, and she always looks forward to seeing her teammates and coaches at practices.

SOBC – Burnaby volunteer Liz Little (right) with SOBC – Burnaby athletes Katie Little (middle) and Jeff Hayes (left).

Meet Volunteer Liz Little

25 January 2018

A dedicated and supportive volunteer, Special Olympics BC – Burnaby’s Liz Little loves how SOBC helps athletes develop sports skills, healthy habits, self-confidence, and a sense of community.

Glen Robinson (left) with other members of SOBC – Kitimat’s curling program.

Meet Coach Glen Robinson

25 January 2018

Special Olympics BC – Kitimat coach Glen Robinson is passionate about providing athletes with opportunities to participate in the sports they love.

Government of B.C. logo

Meet a Sponsor: Government of B.C.

25 January 2018

For almost as long as Special Olympics BC has existed, the Government of B.C. has been a key supporter of our programs and movement. The provincial government’s long-standing and vital support has allowed SOBC to grow and develop, reaching more communities and offering empowering experiences and opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

For athletes like Quesnel’s Brock Terlesky, having an SOBC program available in their home community makes a big impact.  

Team BC 2018 Training Squad swimmers at their camp in Vancouver
Team BC 2018 Training Squad swimmers at their camp in Vancouver

Great team spirit at Team BC 2018 Training Squad camps

23 January 2018

Members of the Team BC 2018 Training Squad have kicked off the year with hard work and high spirits! Training camps for seven sports were held in January, giving athletes important opportunities to practice their skills and pick up tips to help them be at their best for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Nova Scotia this July.

Tim Nusse (middle) receiving the award at a ceremony in December. Photo credit: Employment and Social Development Canada

SOBC receives $10,000 grant from Canada’s Volunteer Award winner

19 January 2018

Tim Nusse, a longtime volunteer coach for the Valemount Secondary School Senior Girls’ Basketball Team, says his experiences with Special Olympics athletes and individuals with intellectual disabilities have given him the gifts of joy, appreciation, sportsmanship, commitment, positivity, and so much more.