Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

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SOBC – Vernon’s Kyle Borden (centre) on the podium at the 2017 SOBC Summer Games. Photo courtesy of Janny Jung.

SOBC’s Performance Program helps power athletes to ‘awesome’ results

21 September 2017

Special Olympics BC – Vernon’s Kyle Borden says exercises he learned through SOBC’s Performance Program have helped him improve his fitness, and this has made him a better athlete.

Coaches and athletes work to elevate their performance at September’s Speed Skating Performance Camp.

SOBC coaches and athletes build skills at Performance Program camps

14 December 2016

Special Olympics BC – Nelson’s Bruce Walgren says the expert instruction he received at a Performance Program camp in September has helped him develop as a coach and strengthen his Local’s speed skating program.

SOBC Performance Program swimming coaches and athletes working with SFU experts.

Marvellous progress with SOBC Performance Program

22 July 2016

“Truly marvellous” growth and gains were observed in Special Olympics BC coaches and athletes through the Performance Program in the 2015-16 sport season, which was the fourth year of operation for this groundbreaking initiative.

SOBC coaches working with Curl BC experts in the first SOBC Curling Performance Camp.

Performance Program supports all 18 SOBC sports

27 January 2016

The Special Olympics BC Curling Performance Camp in December 2015 marked a milestone for the Performance Program: By expanding into curling, the program now reaches coaches and athletes in all 18 SOBC sports.

Pictured at right: Katarina Gerhardt tries the new cross-training practice of skate skiing at the cross-country skiing camp.

Bocce and golf camps among great new Performance Program opportunities

30 July 2015

Dedicated athletes and coaches have been busy in 2015 at Special Olympics BC Performance Program camps where they have had the chance to elevate training and competition techniques.

New opportunities have included SOBC’s first-ever bocce and golf camps, new dryland practices for cross-country skiing, a team sports camp, and a mixed winter and summer sports camp.

On-ice action at the first SOBC Figure Skating Performance Camp.

Performance Program expanding on ice and snow

28 April 2015

It’s been a busy winter for the Special Olympics BC Performance Program, as 2015 opened with a successful first foray into figure skating, great development in the training camps for snow sports athletes and coaches, and strong work by powerlifting coaches.

SOBC powerlifting coaches building skills for the squat event with BCPA experts at the Performance Program camp.

Skill-building on snow and in the gym with Performance Program

13 January 2015

The end of 2014 saw the Special Olympics BC Performance Program expand into snow sports and powerlifting, bringing together athletes and coaches from around the province for on-snow action in Kamloops and powerlifting development in Richmond. Great participants and experts made these opportunities outstanding.

All smiles on ice at the latest Performance Project speed skating camp.

Great progress with Performance Project

25 April 2014

Special Olympics BC’s innovative Performance Project is producing great results among the athletes and coaches who have participated in the aquatics, athletics, and speed skating camps to date, as well as the members of the Team BC 2014 Training Squad and competitors at the 2014 Snow Sports Festival Regional Qualifiers who have worked with Performance Project tools and techniques.

Return of Performance Project speed skating action

14 December 2013

Special Olympics BC athletes and coaches took to the ice with sharpened skates and came away with sharpened skills from the third Performance Project speed skating camp. The camp, which involved world-class sport experts and a new strength and conditioning component, took place in Coquitlam on Sunday, December 8.

Photo by Julia Dorofeeva of Allinger Consulting International

Performance Project energizes, expands resources

23 May 2013

In the week following the first Special Olympics BC Performance Project athletics camp, SOBC – Burnaby coach Shirley Sywak still sounded energized by the experience and thrilled about the new ideas she was already implementing with her athletes and fellow coaches in her Local.

“It was phenomenal,” Shirley said. “It was so exciting to see our Special Olympics athletes getting some focus on really being the best they can be. [For the coaches], this gives us a whole new dimension to unleash our capability and spill that over to the athletes.”