Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

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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 Athlete Hannah Pope

21 August 2017

Special Olympics BC – Squamish athlete Hannah Pope loves meeting new people and staying fit with SOBC.

“I like everything about Special Olympics!” she says.

Meet Athlete Sandra Malku

25 July 2017

Special Olympics BC – Richmond’s Sandra Malku is a hardworking athlete who says her favourite thing about SOBC is spending time with the great people in her Local.

“The coaches are really nice and the players do a great job at playing the sports! They make it fun!” she says.

Meet Athlete Nicholas McClean

23 June 2017

Special Olympics BC – Golden swimmer Nicholas McClean says his greatest strengths as an athlete are he works hard and is persistent. McClean says even if he falls behind in a race, he always finishes up to the best of his ability.

“I enjoy learning and that helps me become a better athlete,” he says. “I have quite a bit of determination.”

Meet Athlete Nate McNeil

24 May 2017

Special Olympics BC – Ridge Meadows athlete Nate McNeil is passionate about elevating his performance on the track and living a healthy lifestyle.

McNeil’s favorite sport is athletics and he loves competing in long-distance running events. He says running can be hard work, but it makes him feel good and he is proud of his skills.

“I like to run and compete!” McNeil says.

Meet Athlete Zack Robinson

25 April 2017

Special Olympics BC – Kitimat’s Zack Robinson is an enthusiastic athlete who loves to play sports with his friends. He says his greatest achievement with SOBC is having fun and “it doesn’t matter when you win or lose.”

Meet Athlete Lorraine Dick

22 March 2017

When Special Olympics BC – Williams Lake started back up in late 2015 after going on hiatus for a couple of years, Lorraine Dick was one of the first athletes to sign up.

Dick says she likes Special Olympics because it lets her be part of a community and it “feels good to be part of a team.”

Dick participates in 5-pin bowling and soccer with SOBC – Williams Lake, and in the past she has also taken part in floor hockey, snowshoeing, soccer, and softball.

Meet Athlete Sebastien Thomas

25 February 2017

Hardworking Special Olympics BC – Port Alberni athlete Sebastien Thomas says being active is important to him because it keeps him fit and healthy. 

Thomas takes part in almost every sport his Local offers. In the winter he participates in 5-pin bowling, basketball, curling, floor hockey, and swimming, and in the summer he does athletics, bocce, and softball.

Meet Athlete Justin Sigal

17 January 2017

Special Olympics BC – Vernon’s Justin Sigal is a talented cross country skier who is looking forward to representing his country at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

“I’m very proud to be a Canadian, to compete for my country, and to represent everyone who has supported me in the last 27 years,” he said.

Meet Athlete Kyle Sanderson

14 December 2016

Special Olympics BC – South Okanagan’s Kyle Sanderson excelled at April’s Swimming Regional Qualifier for Region 2 in Kelowna. A natural athlete who loves to be the pool, Sanderson raced to four first-place results and one second-place finish in the event.

Kyle’s mother Beverly Sanderson specifically remembers his excellent performance in the 25-metre freestyle, where he set a personal best.