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SOBC – Coquitlam athlete Katherine Burns at the Team BC 2018 Training Squad rhythmic gymnastics camp
Athletes Ryan and Lawrence supporting the 2015 Staples campaign at the Vancouver Staples store on Grandview

Meet a Sponsor: Staples Canada

7 December 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 longtime national partner Staples Canada has helped empower athletes across the country to enrich their lives through the power of sport.

Meet Athlete April Armstrong

22 November 2017

Special Olympics BC is in April Armstrong’s blood.

Armstrong, her father Darrell, her mother Suzanne, and her older sister Mary are all proud SOBC – Burnaby athletes. Armstrong says it’s fun to be a Special Olympics family because they all support and learn from each other.

“That’s the really good part of having a family with Special O, you get tips and tricks and inside scoops on things,” Armstrong says.

Meet Coach Jennette St. Jean

22 November 2017

Special Olympics BC – Invermere Club Fit coach Jennette St. Jean loves to help empower SOBC athletes through exercise. 

Meet Volunteer Genevieve Baker

22 November 2017

Special Olympics BC – Mackenzie Local Coordinator Genevieve Baker is a hardworking volunteer who has played an important role in the growth of her Local.

Shake up your fitness routine by making it a game

22 November 2017

It can be hard to stick to a training routine, so it’s important to find new ways to make fitness fun! Why not try taking some of your favourite games and giving them a fitness spin?

Enjoying Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Opening Eyes screenings in Nanaimo.

Healthy Athletes screenings make a ‘huge impact’

21 November 2017

Healthy Athletes is wonderful,” Special Olympics BC – Nanaimo athlete Emily Beauchamp says passionately. “It’s helped me in more ways than I can count.”

Beauchamp participated in her first Healthy Athletes screenings a number of years ago as a Special Olympics athlete in Ontario, and they helped her achieve life-changing revelations. The Healthy Hearing screenings showed that she had severe hearing loss, and the Fit Feet screenings helped her realize that she had hip dysplasia that was affecting her gait.

SOBC Leadership Council update

20 November 2017

Special Olympics BC’s Leadership Council provides vital guidance for our organization and movement, and benefits significantly from the efforts of these valued volunteers.

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

Did you know that better sport technique = better health?

20 November 2017

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.

Now what does being able to swim with better technique, skate using crossovers, or good basketball dribbling have to do with health?

David Martin of Hyphen Communications and SOBC – Abbotsford athlete Paige Norton in studio.

Building champions every day

20 November 2017

“On the playing field, I am proud to be a Special Olympics athlete. Every day, I am proud to be me.”

The empowering spirit of Special Olympics is celebrated in a new Special Olympics BC PSA video created by Hyphen Communications, entitled Everyday Champions.