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SOBC powerlifting athletes and coaches pose for a group photo after the Vancouver Island meet.

SOBC athletes flex their muscles at Victoria Powerlifting meet

24 May 2018

A total of 19 Special Olympic BC athletes from across the province descended on Victoria for a chance to flex their muscles at the 2018 Vancouver Island Special Olympics Powerlifting meet on May 5. The meet was a prelude to the 2018 Vancouver Island Powerlifting Championships being held the following day.

Joanie Hayes, Competition and Youth Coordinator for SOBC, said it was incredible to see the competitors rally around one another at the event.

Donna Bilous with her daughter Paige at the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame on April 28.

SOBC volunteers garner awards for outstanding service in their communities

24 May 2018

The hard work and dedication of Special Olympics BC volunteers haven’t gone unnoticed.

A trio of SOBC volunteers was honoured for their hard work and dedication to enriching the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities.

In Abbotsford, long-time coach and current Region 3 Coordinator Donna Bilous was inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame on April 28.

Bilous said her journey with SOBC began after her daughter Paige was born with Down syndrome in 1993.

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SOBC - Victoria speed skater Chris Thorpe bumps fists with coach Steve Nielsen before a race.

SOBC speed skating Regional Qualifier embodies spirit of sportsmanship

24 May 2018

This year’s Speed Skating Regional Qualifier in Richmond brought together skaters from across the province for the opportunity to secure a spot for the 2019 SOBC Winter Games, set for Greater Vernon on February 21 to 23.

Joanie Hayes, Competition and Youth Coordinator at SOBC, said 26 skaters from across the province took part in the Regional Qualifier.

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The Healthy Athletes Screening in Prince Rupert.

Healthy Athletes brings its message to Prince Rupert

24 May 2018

Prince Rupert played host to the latest instalment of the Special Olympics BC Healthy Athletes Screening on May 13.

Medals and memories for Team BC bowlers

19 May 2018

The 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships have been full of excitement, achievement, and fun for Special Olympics Team BC 2018 5- and 10-pin bowlers! All their hard work and preparation paid off, with many athletes performing exceptionally well and reaching new personal bests.

Team BC will travel across the country tomorrow with a haul of hardware as they bring back nine gold medals, eight silver medals, and 14 bronze medals!

SOBC - Oceanside athlete Melanie McMaster is all smiles at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships

Awesome performances and amazing supporters at Bowling Championships

18 May 2018

Bowling alleys throughout P.E.I. continue to be packed with friends, family, and local fans as supporters cheer on athletes from across the country at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships!

“There’s a lot of energy in there!” said SOBC – Quesnel coach Ellen Martz. “It’s fantastic to feed off of.”

The support continues outside of the venues, with many local businesses welcoming the athletes with signs and residents greeting and congratulating bowlers as they explore the community.

10-pin bowler and SOBC - Prince George athlete Michael Harris. Photo courtesy of Coach Bryan LeBlanc

Second day of competition brings impressive scores and wonderful memories for Team BC

17 May 2018

It was another great day at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships for Team BC 5- and 10-pin bowlers, with athletes hitting their stride on the lanes and making lasting memories of their East Coast experience.

Bowlers continue to be in great form with many achieving game scores to be proud of, as well as a bronze medal in the 10-pin doubles tournament!

Meet a Sponsor: Postmedia

17 May 2018
Local daily news media The Province and Vancouver Sun have been proud supporters of Special Olympics BC for more than 20 years.
SOBC – Comox Valley athlete Randy Bates at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships

Great first day of competition for Team BC bowlers

16 May 2018

Team BC 5- and 10-pin bowlers had a wonderful day on the lanes at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships!

The first day of competition saw many athletes performing well above their averages, and resulted in a silver and bronze medal for Team BC in the 10-pin bowling team competition!

Team BC 2018 5- and 10-pin bowlers entering the Opening Ceremony led by SOBC – Comox Valley athlete Linda Careless

Energetic Opening Ceremony kicks off Bowling Championships in P.E.I.

15 May 2018

Special Olympics BC – Trail coach Jacob Plett said the atmosphere in the University of Prince Edward Island gymnasium was “electric” this morning as he walked into the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships with other members of Team BC 2018

The coach for the Port Alberni Alley Oops 5-pin bowling team, Plett says the squad is “so excited” to get underway with the Bowling Championships.