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SOBC - Nanaimo athlete Jason Kemp receiving his floor hockey gold medal with the B.C. Tigers!

"Anything is possible" with Team BC 2012

6 March 2012

As Team BC figure skater Allan Tsang said, looking around at the Closing Ceremony for the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, “anything is possible here.” The National Games were already overflowing with stories of joy, achievement and sportsmanship, and Team BC athletes capped the final day of competition on Saturday, March 3, by adding even more.

Sheryl Jakubowski pounding toward her first victory of the day on Friday.

Charging toward the finish line with Team BC 2012

3 March 2012

For SOBC – Burnaby snowshoeing athlete Katie Little, the third day of competition at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games started like this: coach Maureen came in to get her moving for the day, and Katie opened her eyes and said, “I won a gold medal!” Then she kissed the gold medal she captured in Thursday’s 100m race, the first medal she had ever earned at a National Games.

Jordan Lige hammers home to a gold-medal finish in the gruelling 10km cross-country race.

Courage and commitment from Team BC 2012

2 March 2012

The second day of competition at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games was one of those days that will live in memories for a long, long time. The Team BC athletes all deserve enthusiastic rounds of applause, and not only because they raked in 33 medals in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating and snowshoeing events.

Team BC 2012 speed skater Eric Bruneau taking home two medals on the first day of competition!

Team BC 2012 bursts out of the gate

1 March 2012

Within the first hour of official competition at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games on Wednesday, February 29, snowshoeing athletes Hazen Meade of SOBC – Campbell River and Sheryl Jakubowski of SOBC – Fort St. John had earned Team BC’s first medals of the Games.

Snowshoer Victor Manna of SOBC - Victoria led the Team BC delegation into Tuesday's Opening Ceremony.

Opening the Games with Team BC 2012

1 March 2012

Victor Manna, Team BC snowshoeing athlete from SOBC - Victoria, has a new nickname of his own: "Flag Boss." Coach Daniel dubbed him that after Victor was selected to lead the Team BC 2012 delegation into the exciting and emotional Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.

Salaudin of the B.C. Avalanche showing how Team BC 2012 travels.

Team BC 2012 has arrived!

28 February 2012

Full of birthday happiness, friendly bets and big, big smiles, the first day of the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games experience was a great one for Team BC.

First, let’s talk about the birthday: Figure skater Alex Pang of SOBC – Vancouver turned the big 1-4 today, celebrating his 14th birthday with a plane trip plus bus ride to St. Albert and a serenade from more than 150 voices as Team BC sang him Happy Birthday in the evening pep rally.

Team BC floor hockey athletes in action at their training camp last fall.

Road to Games: Avalanche and all of Team BC set for St. Albert

16 February 2012

Even while he was on a Caribbean cruise in the off-season, SOBC – Richmond athlete Nick Johnston remained committed to maintaining the level of fitness expected of Team BC members. He walked close to 75 kilometres and marched up and down roughly 400 flights of stairs to help keep himself in shape. “I hardly used the elevator,” he said.

SOBC - Victoria speed skater Sarah Maxwell in action at the 2011 SOBC Ice Sport Championships.

Road to Games: Team BC Bullets and co. ready to go

15 February 2012

Twelve days until the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, and Team BC members are ready to roll.

We checked in recently with Donna Bilous, Team BC’s speed skating head coach, after eight of the nine Team BC speed skaters raced in SOBC – Coquitlam’s annual competition on January 29. SOBC – Victoria athlete Sarah Maxwell even made it over from the Island to join her Team BC teammates. Donna says the B.C. Bullets are ready to race and raring to go.

Jeannes, Lulay lending star support to Team BC 2012

27 January 2012

Press release, January 27: Chuck Jeannes, President and CEO of Goldcorp, and B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay have achieved remarkable feats in business and in sport. Now they will inspire the achievements of the 109 Special Olympics BC (SOBC) athletes who will be going for gold in the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.

Dr. Laura, Team BC's mental training guru!

ROAD TO GAMES: Team BC in tip-top shape with mental training

1 December 2011

In her decade of working with Special Olympics BC athletes, Dr. Laura Farres feels she has gotten just as much out of the experience as she has tried to give.