Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

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SOBC – Coquitlam athlete Katherine Burns at the Team BC 2018 Training Squad rhythmic gymnastics camp
Athletes Ryan and Lawrence supporting the 2015 Staples campaign at the Vancouver Staples store on Grandview

Meet a Sponsor: Staples Canada

7 December 2017

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Special Olympics BC programs help thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities celebrate personal achievement and gain confidence, skills, and friendship. Here we look at how longtime national partner Staples Canada has helped empower athletes across the country to enrich their lives through the power of sport.

Enjoying Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Opening Eyes screenings in Nanaimo.

Healthy Athletes screenings make a ‘huge impact’

21 November 2017

Healthy Athletes is wonderful,” Special Olympics BC – Nanaimo athlete Emily Beauchamp says passionately. “It’s helped me in more ways than I can count.”

Beauchamp participated in her first Healthy Athletes screenings a number of years ago as a Special Olympics athlete in Ontario, and they helped her achieve life-changing revelations. The Healthy Hearing screenings showed that she had severe hearing loss, and the Fit Feet screenings helped her realize that she had hip dysplasia that was affecting her gait.

David Martin of Hyphen Communications and SOBC – Abbotsford athlete Paige Norton in studio.

Building champions every day

20 November 2017

“On the playing field, I am proud to be a Special Olympics athlete. Every day, I am proud to be me.”

The empowering spirit of Special Olympics is celebrated in a new Special Olympics BC PSA video created by Hyphen Communications, entitled Everyday Champions. 

SOBC athlete and Marathon of Sport participant. PC: Pinstripe Productions
SOBC athletes and participants enjoyed a great day of sport at Marathon of Sport Kelowna. Photo credit: Pinstripe Productions

Meet a Sponsor: motionball

16 November 2017

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Special Olympics BC programs help thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities celebrate personal achievement and gain confidence, skills, and friendship. Here we look at how motionball helps empower Special Olympics athletes across Canada to enrich their lives through the joy of sport, and introduces thousands of young professionals to Special Olympics through their inspiring events.

Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter and SOBC - Vancouver athlete Alex Pang at the 2017 SCF podium. Photo by Jeff Vinnick

Sports Celebrities Festival helps make the impossible possible

7 November 2017

The 2017 Sports Celebrities Festival presented by Wheaton Precious Metals starred Special Olympics BC athletes centre stage alongside the entire Vancouver Canucks roster and leading B.C. sports celebrities, while raising vital funds for the Canucks for Kids Fund and SOBC.

SOBC – Vancouver athletes Nellie-Joe Kurta and Sarah Brown joined Raincity Athletics to cheer on CF|24 participants

CrossFitters crush CF|24 challenge for Special Olympics

25 October 2017

On October 21, more than 700 participants in 26 CrossFit gyms across Canada helped make a difference by conquering CrossFit 24 to support Special Olympics.

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

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!

Team BC powerlifting coaches show their strength at the Team BC 2018 Coach and Mission Staff Summit

Team BC 2018 coaches and mission staff ready to help athletes shine

24 October 2017

Excitement is building as members of the Team BC 2018 Training Squad begin their journey to the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships in Prince Edward Island May 14 to 20, and the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, from July 29 to August 5. These dedicated and deserving individuals have qualified for their spots on the provincial training squa

Government of Canada logo

Meet a Sponsor: Government of Canada

5 October 2017

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Special Olympics BC programs help thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities celebrate personal achievement and gain confidence, skills, and friendship. Here we look at how support from the Government of Canada has helped SOBC empower athletes to enrich their lives through the joy of sport.