Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

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SOBC - Langley athlete Josh Low winning swimming gold at the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games.

Athletes build on skills and healthy lifestyle from youth programs

25 October 2014

As a child, Special Olympics BC – Langley athlete Josh Low endured multiple heart surgeries and survived cancer. Doctors said he would never play sports. But that was all he wanted to do, so his parents enrolled Josh, then 12, and his brother Jaykob, eight, in Special Olympics.

The brothers took part in SOBC – Langley’s Sport Start bowling program and a mixed Sport Start program that included basketball, floor hockey, soccer, and softball. Sport Start is for older youths and focuses on specific sports, helping young athletes move into traditional Special Olympics sport programs.

Rhythmic gymnast Alison McKee of SOBC - Victoria receiving one of the three medals she won at the 2014 Games.

‘Spectacular’ performance by Team BC 2014 at home-province Games

18 July 2014

In the fantastic final day of competition at the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games, Team BC members displayed outstanding achievements and sportsmanship that led Chef de Mission Shawn Fevens to call July 12 “a spectacular day for B.C.”

Golf gold medallist Kyle Grummett

First-ever SOC Games golf medals among Team BC 2014's Friday achievements

12 July 2014

Team BC athletes were outstanding once again on the third day of competition at the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games, achieving another boatload of personal bests, exciting game results, superb bowling scores, and performances in the rhythmic gymnastics arena that thrilled with both their elegance and evidence of the continued improvement of these dedicated athletes.

Coach Collin Berdusco and medal-winning Sherry Altrogge of SOBC - Trail.

Wave of personal-best results for Team BC 2014 athletes

11 July 2014

At the end of the second day of competition for Team BC at the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games, team success ensured one man had to have his head shaved. Aquatics coach Collin Berdusco of SOBC – Trail said they could shave his head if the swimmers earned 15 personal bests that day - and "they got way more than that," he said. So he and his hair took one for the team.

Proud Team BC powerlifters Lisa Newell (left) and Joanne Bunnin (right) of SOBC - Chilliwack.

Team BC 2014 shines on first day of competition

10 July 2014

Team BC 2014's first day of competition at the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games brought many medals, personal bests, and fantastic team performances. We are so proud of all the team members who gave their best efforts and impressed in so many ways!

Team BC's powerlifters shone in their lone day of competition, winning 18 medals and setting five personal bests. "They were on their game. Everyone was focused right from the get-go," coach Ken Saunders said. 

Team BC swimmer Nicholas Benner of SOBC - Campbell River after taking the SO Athlete's Oath on behalf of all.

Fabulous, fun Opening Ceremonies kicks off Team BC 2014 experience at Vancouver 2014

9 July 2014

The Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games Opening Ceremonies were a fabulous and fun celebration of the Games participants and the Special Olympics movement. So much pride and joy for the Team BC 2014 members who marched in to the huge cheers of the full crowd at UBC's Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, which included many amazing family members and friends.

Team BC rhythmic gymnasts rocking the pep rally.

Inspiring celebrity support of the SOC 2014 Games and Team BC 2014

8 July 2014

Judging by the many, many beaming faces and cheers in their arrival at the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games, Team BC 2014 members are thrilled to be at the Games and can't wait to start their events.

Mental performance consultant Sarah with Team BC 2014 basketball athletes and coaches at their May camp.

Team BC 2014 fit in mind and body

3 July 2014

As the members of Team BC 2014 have worked hard to prepare their sport abilities and physical fitness to be in tip-top shape at the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games, they have also had the opportunity to work with two mental performance consultants to help them be as prepared as possible for the Games.

Melinda Mills at the final Team BC 2014 aquatics training event June 14. Photo by Julia Dorofeeva www.juliedoro.com

Team BC 2014 ready for home-field Special Olympics Canada Games

24 June 2014

When Special Olympics BC – Nanaimo swimmer Melinda Mills wasn’t named to Team BC 2014 in the first training squad announcement, that didn’t stop her from working hard.

“I decided to train anyway, even though I didn’t make it at first – I thought I could train for the next time there’s [regional] qualifiers,” Mills said.

Charging hard at the Team BC 2014 softball training camp!

Team BC 2014 softball players connecting 'like spokes on a wheel'

6 June 2014

Great teamwork, spirit, and skills were on display when Team BC’s two softball squads hit the fields at the University of British Columbia and in Port Coquitlam May 30 to June 1 for their last training camp before the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games (July 8 to 12).