Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

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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 Athlete Betty Colk

25 October 2017

Special Olympics BC – Chilliwack’s Betty Colk is a friendly, outgoing athlete who says SOBC has helped her improve her fitness, gain confidence, and make friends.

“Special Olympics brings out the best in me!” she says.

Colk participates in 5-pin bowling and bocce, and says the athletes and coaches in these programs are enthusiastic and supportive. They all do a great job of cheering each other on.

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.