Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

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Meet Athlete Lauren Philley

23 May 2018

Special Olympics BC – North Shore’s Lauren Philley says SOBC helps her “shine and be a better athlete.”

Philley prides herself on her work ethic. She says when it comes to her training, she knows what she needs to do – and she does it. She also makes sure to listen to her coaches and have a positive attitude.

“Hard work has made me a better athlete than I was before,” she says.

Meet Athlete Dan Catarig

24 April 2018

Special Olympics BC – Mission’s Dan Catarig is a hardworking athlete who loves to help others.

Catarig serves as Athlete Representative on SOBC – Mission’s Local Committee. He says he felt honoured and surprised when he was elected to the position by his fellow athletes.

“I was pretty happy,” Catarig said. “I had a new opportunity to try new things and have a new role. I just want to help, and if you can help people, then why not?”

SOBC – Salmon Arm bocce players Carina Chu, Kathleen Nelson, Tristan Harms-Popham, and Nick Anchikoski.

Meet Athlete Kathleen Nelson

21 March 2018

Special Olympics BC – Salmon Arm‘s Kathleen Nelson is a fun-loving athlete who enjoys playing sports with her friends.

Nelson participates in basketball, bocce, and Club Fit through SOBC – Salmon Arm, and she says bocce is her favourite sport.

“It’s a game I can play anytime and mostly anywhere in the summertime – and I like playing with my friends,” Nelson says.

Nelson also loves the social aspect the game, especially the wrap-up party the team has at the end of the season.

SOBC _ Kimberley/Cranbrook athlete Morley Kilgren

Meet Athlete Morley Kilgren

21 February 2018

For Morley Kilgren, being a Special Olympics BC  Kimberley/Cranbrook athlete means so much more than just the final score.

Meet Athlete Miranda Laboucane

25 January 2018

Special Olympics BC – Fort St. John’s Miranda Laboucane is an enthusiastic athlete who loves to work hard in all aspects of her life.

Laboucane participates in 5-pin bowling, Club Fit, curling, figure skating, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, and track and field with SOBC – Fort St. John. Laboucane says her busy schedule with Special Olympics helps her maintain an active lifestyle, and she always looks forward to seeing her teammates and coaches at practices.

Meet Athlete Kaylee Richter

12 December 2017

Special Olympics BC – Smithers athlete Kaylee Richter may be only 14 years old, but she already knows what it takes to be a successful swimmer.

Kaylee prides herself on having a strong work ethic and being good at following her coaches’ instructions. Kaylee says when she is learning a new skill, she takes her time to make sure she gets it right.

“I love being an athlete and I have always wanted to be one! I want to see how far I can get with swimming!” she says.

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.