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Meet a Sponsor: Government of Canada

5 October 2017

Thanks to the generosity of our 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 support from the Government of Canada has helped SOBC empower athletes to enrich their lives through the joy of sport. 

Donna Bilous (left) and Paige Norton pictured receiving their 2017 Special Olympics BC provincial awards.

SOBC’s Paige Norton, Donna Bilous win 2017 Special Olympics Canada National Awards

2 October 2017

Special Olympics Canada has announced the 2017 national award winners, and we're delighted to congratulate all the deserving recipients, including Female Athlete of the Year Paige Norton of Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford and Female Coach of the Year Donna Bilous, SOBC Region 3 Coordinator and SOBC – Abbotsford coach!

Special Olympics Health Messenger Jennifer Ferrier of SOBC - Victoria.

SOBC athlete set to share passion for health as a Special Olympics Health Messenger

27 September 2017

Special Olympics BC – Victoria athlete Jennifer Ferrier is passionate about health, and about sharing the benefits of fitness, nutrition, and good health with others. After completing Special Olympics BC Health Heroes training in spring 2017, Ferrier applied and was selected to become a Special Olympics Health Messenger.

Team Sage at the 2017 Marathon of Sport Vancouver presented by Vega
Team Sage showing their strength at the 2017 Marathon of Sport Vancouver presented by Vega

Breaking barriers and records with motionball Marathon of Sport

26 September 2017

The 2017 motionball Marathon of Sport events in B.C. were full of fun, friendship, and successful fundraising for Special Olympics programs across Canada. In Vancouver and Kelowna, teams of young professionals joined forces with SOBC athletes for an inclusive and inspiring day of sport and sportsmanship that broke fundraising records and raised awareness for Special Olympics.

Big thanks to SOBC coaches in National Coaches Week!

25 September 2017

National Coaches Week September 23 to 30 was a great time to recognize and thank Special Olympics BC coaches for the integral role they play in our movement, and the incredible positive impact they have on the lives of so many! 

"I've been in Special Olympics since I was eight years old, and I've met some great people and some great coaches. We need coaches. They help you, they help you reach goals, they help you advance," SOBC – Prince George athlete Leif says.

SOBC – Vernon’s Kyle Borden (centre) on the podium at the 2017 SOBC Summer Games. Photo courtesy of Janny Jung.

SOBC’s Performance Program helps power athletes to ‘awesome’ results

21 September 2017

Special Olympics BC – Vernon’s Kyle Borden says exercises he learned through SOBC’s Performance Program have helped him improve his fitness, and this has made him a better athlete.

Add resistance bands to your fitness routine

21 September 2017

Free weights and weight machines are great, but the key to any effective sport-specific training program is diversity. Resistance bands provide a different type of resistance than free weights and weight machines and should be used in your training to promote a well-rounded program.

Resistance bands provide variable resistance – the more you pull on them, the greater the tension. This is also true when you release the band, since resisting its pulling action puts a great amount of stress on your muscles.

Meet Athlete Allen Hahner

21 September 2017

Allen Hahner’s favourite things about SOBC are spending time with friends and meeting new people.

“At Special Olympics they are like family because they all know me,” the Special Olympics BC – Cowichan Valley athlete says. “It is fun to be around people I really care about.”

Hahner currently participates in 5-pin bowling, and in the past he has also played floor hockey, soccer, and softball.

Meet Coach Bob Slater

21 September 2017

When Special Olympics BC – Fort St. John curling coach Bob Slater gets to the rink for practices, the athletes greet him with a flurry of high-fives.

“It’s like a party before you’ve even started!” Slater says.

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Meet a Sponsor: Westminster Savings

21 September 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 Westminster Savings Credit Union (Westminster Savings) has helped change lives and benefit communities through their generous support of SOBC programs and events.