Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Goldcorp Invitational helps change lives with Special Olympics

22 June 2015

Held under boundless blue skies at Northview Golf & Country Club, the 2015 Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament was a great day of golf with Vancouver’s business elite dedicated to making a real difference with Special Olympics BC.

The Goldcorp Invitational’s 250 golfers met Special Olympics athletes and took part in two simultaneous tournaments on the beautiful Northview courses. In the evening, participants enjoyed the delectable banquet dinner, magical performers, well-stocked silent and live auctions, and an inspiring address from SOBC parent Natasha Mountain and her athlete son Ethan sharing their Special Olympics story.

Goldcorp has been the tournament’s title sponsor for the past nine years in order to support Special Olympics BC, and is a significant ongoing partner of SOBC dedicated to bringing opportunities into the lives of children, youth, and adults with intellectual disabilities. Goldcorp has changed lives through two gifts of $1 million to SOBC, the first in 2010-2014 and the second for 2014-2018.

Ian Telfer, Chairman of the Board and Director of Goldcorp, said the value of supporting Special Olympics is clear.

“It’s a great cause. You all know the stories; you all have friends or relatives in some of these programs. Goldcorp is so thrilled to be associated with Special Olympics. It’s the main charity we support through the year, and we hope to do it for many many years to come,” he told the tournament attendees.

Growing up, Ethan Mountain grappled with an acquired brain injury, cognitive impairment, epilepsy, autism, Tourette Syndrome, and a vision field loss. After dealing with epilepsy for 12 years, he underwent brain surgery that ended his very serious seizures but left him unable to play his favourite sport, box lacrosse. A few months after his surgery, Ethan found his way to Special Olympics, which his mother calls his “best storyline yet.”

“Through years of hard work, perseverance, training, and the support of Coach Deborah, Ethan has developed into a top competitive athlete participating in elite events throughout the province. He just ran a 12.6-second personal best in the 100 metre [at the SOBC – Burnaby track meet],” Nat Mountain told the Goldcorp Invitational audience.

With his hard work and determination, Ethan Mountain (pictured at right) earned a spot on Team BC 2014 and three medals in athletics events at the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games.

“Earning his way to Nationals last year was a milestone achievement born of years of Ethan’s hard work. That he was able to participate so fully and be so engaged with the other athletes, the coaches, the fans – that’s all Special Olympics. True joy came from watching Ethan on the podium reach down to his competitor, tap him, and take his hand so that all three medallists could share one unified celebration of achievement. But the most exciting part was seeing with our own eyes the friendships he had made, the independence he achieved, and the competitive spirit back in him,” Nat Mountain said.

“Every second since joining Special Olympics is a time where our son has made a connection, has experienced success wholeheartedly, has been justified in his determination, and cheered on by people like yourselves,” she told the Goldcorp Invitational audience.

Watch Ethan and his family and coach Deborah Carter star in this TSN Powerade24 segment

Tournament Chair Michael Campbell said stories like Ethan’s show why Special Olympics matters so much, and why the support of the Goldcorp Invitational makes such a difference.

“It’s about touching lives,” Campbell told the tournament participants and supporters. “I’m sure everyone here has their story. Many people here I know have athletes like Ethan, but other life challenges. And that’s why I think it’s so special that you’ve taken the time today, that the sponsors have been so generous with us – it’s because they reach past just the name Special Olympics and they reach into the lives of individuals like that. So my thanks to you.”

We are deeply grateful for the continued support of our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Goldcorp

Greens Sponsor: Silver Wheaton

Gold Sponsor: CIBC

Silver Sponsors: BMO Capital MarketsCanaccord GenuityCassels BrockScotiabank

Banquet Sponsor: Deloitte

Tee Gift Sponsor: DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Putting Contest Sponsor: Ernst & Young LLP

Cart Sponsor: Fluor Canada

Beverage Tent Sponsor: GMP Securities

Bag Drop Sponsor: Merrill Lynch Canada Inc.

Beverage Cart Sponsor: New Gold

Registration Sponsor: RBC Capital Markets

Driving Range Sponsor: TD Securities

National Sponsor: Home Hardware

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More information on the Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament

SOBC Past Chair Pam Keith, SOBC athlete Michaela Robinson, & Goldcorp President & CEO Chuck Jeannes at the Goldcorp Invitational

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