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The Westminster Savings team getting bold and cold for SOBC at the 2018 Vancouver Polar Plunge

Meet a Sponsor: Westminster Savings

15 August 2018

In 2014, Westminster Savings Credit Union (Westminster Savings) began their support of Special Olympics BC through contributions to Special Olympics BC community programs across the Lower Mainland. They have continued to support SOBC programs at the local level, and last year kicked off a three-year provincial partnership with Special Olympics BC to celebrate the power and joy of sport.

Harry "Red" Foster poses with Team BC at the 1981 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games in Ottawa.

50 moments: Harry “Red” Foster was a champion of Special Olympics in Canada

14 August 2018

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics this year, we are taking a look back at the #50moments that have defined the Special Olympics movement here in B.C. and throughout the world.

An icon in Canadian broadcasting, a successful businessman, and an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, the late Harry “Red” Foster is considered one of the nation’s greatest champions of Special Olympics.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver at the first Special Olympics at Soldier Field in Chicago.

50 moments: Eunice Kennedy Shriver – One Woman's Vision

7 August 2018

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics this year, we are taking a look back at the #50moments that have defined the Special Olympics movement here in B.C. and throughout the world.

Pictured above right, SOBC – Kelowna athlete Aaron Dixon receives his all-star award.

Thrilling final day of competition for Team BC

4 August 2018

The final day of the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games featured exciting competition, outstanding sportsmanship, and many memorable moments.

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In team sports, every Team BC 2018 squad played for a medal on Saturday.

SOBC – Kimberley/Cranbrook golfer Erin Thom receives her silver medal.

Team BC athletes deliver inspiring performances on third day of competition

3 August 2018

The third day of action in Antigonish saw Team BC 2018 members come through with clutch performances and many personal bests. As the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games wind down, athletes from British Columbia continue to show sportsmanship and skill as they add to their impressive medal count.

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SOBC – Vancouver athlete Sarah Brown won three medals in powerlifting events.

Team BC thrives on second day of competition in Nova Scotia

2 August 2018

Team BC 2018 athletes continued to excel on the second day of competition at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games. Athletes from British Columbia celebrated many personal bests, enjoyed the festive atmosphere in Antigonish, and cheered their teammates on to some great results.  

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SOBC – Surrey athlete Malcolm Borsoi on the podium after winning a gold medal.

Team BC enjoys strong first day of competition in Antigonish

1 August 2018

After months of training and preparation, Team BC 2018 athletes got off to an excellent start at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The first day of competition saw Team BC athletes thrive in many sports and rack up an impressive medal count.

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SOBC – Cowichan Valley athlete Courtenay Rekis gets ready to lead Team BC into the Opening Ceremony.

Energetic Opening Ceremony kicks off National Games in Antigonish

31 July 2018

Team BC 2018 athletes proudly entered the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games Opening Ceremony to loud cheers, high fives, and lively music. For members of Team BC, this inspiring event at the Charles V. Keating Centre capped off a fun and memorable day in Antigonish.

Dr. Frank Hayden pictured here with SOBC Coquitlam athlete Mandy Manzardo at the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.

50 moments: The incredible work of Dr. Frank Hayden

31 July 2018

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics this year, we are taking a look back at the #50moments that have defined the Special Olympics movement here in B.C. and throughout the world.

The incredible work of Dr. Frank Hayden has fundamentally changed the sport landscape in Canada and around the world.

Canada Place Sails of Light joined in for the Global Day of Inclusion on Huly 21.

Global Day of Inclusion shines a light on 50th anniversary celebrations

25 July 2018

The Special Olympics 50th anniversary celebration kicked off under the warm glow of red light, as communities across the province lit up the night sky on July 21 in honour of Special Olympics athletes worldwide.

Officially proclaimed the Global Day of Inclusion by the Province of B.C., a number of structures around British Columbia joined in the festivities to mark the occasion.

Dan Howe, President & CEO of Special Olympics BC, said the Global Day of Inclusion was the perfect way to kick off the year-long celebration.