Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

SOBC members celebrated for their outstanding efforts

25 October 2017

We’re delighted to congratulate Special Olympics BC – Prince George coach Dee Neukomm and 10 SOBC – Quesnel athletes who were recently recognized in their communities for their remarkable contributions to community and amazing accomplishments!

Neukomm and her husband Ron were honoured by the Prince George Community Foundation as 2017 Citizens of the Year in a gala held on October 12. The Citizens of the Year award goes to individuals who have gone above and beyond in volunteerism and philanthropy in Prince George.

A founding member of SOBC – Prince George and the Local’s inspiring rhythmic gymnastics coach, Dee Neukomm has been working to provide athletes in her Local with life-changing opportunities for more than 30 years. Neukomm has had a big influence on the development of rhythmic gymnastics with Special Olympics in the province and country, and she has been involved as a coach and/or sport technical adviser at multiple Provincial, National, and World Games.

Along with her incredible work with Special Olympics, Neukomm has donated her time to many other organizations and events, including the Salvation Army, Prince George Iceman, Terry Fox Run, and Relay for Life. Ron Neukomm is a longtime Nechako Rotary Club volunteer and also gives his time to many other local organizations.

Read this My Prince George Now article on the 2017 Citizens of the Year award winners

The SOBC – Quesnel athletes were inducted into the Quesnel Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony on September 17. To qualify for this award, a team or individual must win first place at a sanctioned provincial, national, or international competition recognized by the sport’s provincial or federal governing body as a championship event.

The Quesnel Rollers 5-pin bowling team, made up of Dean Cake, Eldon Carter, Cory Melnychuk, and Jean Scriver, were inducted for their gold-medal-winning performance at the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games. Members of the Quesnel Lightning curling team were honoured for their first-place finishes at the 2015 SOBC Winter Games and the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. The team that captured gold at Provincial Games was comprised of athletes Travis Burt, Dean Cake, Glenda Melnychuk, and Martin Scriver, and the team that finished first at National Games also included Alfred Schotel.

Pictured above right: SOBC – Quesnel athletes were among 23 athletes inducted into the Quesnel Sports Hall of Fame on September 17.  

Cory Melnychuk also received recognition for his gold medal in cross country skiing at the 2015 SOBC Winter Games and Eldon Carter was celebrated for his individual gold in 5-pin bowling at the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.

Snowshoers Cherie Swaan and Danny Dodgson were inducted for their great performances at the 2015 SOBC Winter Games, where Cherie raced to a first-place finish and Danny claimed two gold medals.

Check out this Quesnel Cariboo Observer article on the induction ceremony

If you know of an SOBC member recognized with a local award, please share the news with SOBC’s communications team via megan@specialolympics.bc.ca or 604-737-3077.

Dee Neukomm and her husband Ron at the Prince George Community Foundation’s 2017 Citizens of the Year Gala.

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