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Dennis Lynch wins Masters Male Athlete of the Year at Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards

20 February 2018

Special Olympics BC — Nanaimo cross country skier and 10-pin bowler Dennis Lynch was named the Male Masters Athlete of the Year at the 13th annual Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards on February 17.

SOBC basketball players giving their all in the 2016 BC Winter Games.

SOBC basketball teams and figure skaters bound for 2018 BC Winter Games

29 January 2018

We are excited to announce the Special Olympics BC basketball and figure skating athletes and coaches who will take part in the Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games being held February 22 to 25.

More than 1,700 participants and another 1,600 volunteers will be in Kamloops as the BC Games celebrate their 40th anniversary.

We’re excited to cheer on the SOBC athletes as they hit the hardwood and the ice competing in Special Olympics events!

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Meet a Sponsor: Government of B.C.

25 January 2018

For almost as long as Special Olympics BC has existed, the Government of B.C. has been a key supporter of our programs and movement. The provincial government’s long-standing and vital support has allowed SOBC to grow and develop, reaching more communities and offering empowering experiences and opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

For athletes like Quesnel’s Brock Terlesky, having an SOBC program available in their home community makes a big impact.  

Team BC 2018 Training Squad swimmers at their camp in Vancouver
Team BC 2018 Training Squad swimmers at their camp in Vancouver

Great team spirit at Team BC 2018 Training Squad camps

23 January 2018

Members of the Team BC 2018 Training Squad have kicked off the year with hard work and high spirits! Training camps for seven sports were held in January, giving athletes important opportunities to practice their skills and pick up tips to help them be at their best for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Nova Scotia this July.

Tim Nusse (middle) receiving the award at a ceremony in December. Photo credit: Employment and Social Development Canada

SOBC receives $10,000 grant from Canada’s Volunteer Award winner

19 January 2018

Tim Nusse, a longtime volunteer coach for the Valemount Secondary School Senior Girls’ Basketball Team, says his experiences with Special Olympics athletes and individuals with intellectual disabilities have given him the gifts of joy, appreciation, sportsmanship, commitment, positivity, and so much more.

SOBC - Vernon athlete Justin Sigal helped announce that the 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games are coming to Greater Vernon.

2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games set to be held in Greater Vernon

16 January 2018

Next February, the 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games will be hosted in Greater Vernon, starring more than 800 athletes with intellectual disabilities from all over the province and the Yukon competing with pride in eight sports.

Honouring Bob and Marge McNary with SOBC endowment fund

8 January 2018

On May 31, 2003, Marge McNary, a long-serving volunteer and supporter of Special Olympics BC, passed away. To honour her life and memory, her husband Bob McNary established the Marge McNary Memorial Fund. 

Family and friends of Marge and Bob have made generous donations to the Fund. In 2004, Bob organized a successful dinner/auction fundraiser. With this loving support, the Fund has already reached approximately $62,494.

2018 anniversary celebrations for SOBC Locals

5 January 2018

Happy New Year to the amazing athletes, coaches, volunteers, families, and supporters of Special Olympics BC all over the province and the planet! We are excited to start the year by wishing happy birthday to the SOBC Locals marking anniversary celebrations in 2018.

Meet a Sponsor: Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund

4 January 2018

We are so grateful to our vital sponsors and partners, whose support helps Special Olympics BC empower athletes to enrich their lives, gain confidence, and develop friendships. Here we look at how support from Special Olympics Canada partner Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund is helping Special Olympics athletes improve their health and achieve their goals.

Inspiring year showcased in 2017 SOBC newsletter

27 December 2017

2017 will go into the history books as an inspiring and impactful year for Special Olympics BC. Nearly 1,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities inspired everyone watching as they competed in the largest Special Olympics BC Games to date. Our year-round programs and fundraising support continued to grow and strengthen, changing more lives through the power and joy of sport, and changing the way the world sees people with intellectual disabilities.