Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Filed as Youth Programs

Veda Graw loves SOBC – Nanaimo’s fun and inclusive Active Start sessions.

Children build confidence and have a blast in SOBC youth programs

24 April 2018

Five-year-old Veda Graw feels happy and proud when she walks into a Special Olympics BC – Nanaimo Active Start session.

“She absolutely loves it!” her mother Amanda Davis says. “Whenever we tell her it’s Special O day she gets so excited!”

Veda is participating in her third season of the Active Start program. Davis said developing motor skills has been a challenge for Veda, and the instruction and support she has received in the sessions has been very valuable to her.

The terrific teams in the inaugural Special Olympics BC Vancouver Island 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament!

Student-athletes inspire in inaugural SOBC Island 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

20 June 2017

Comox Valley and Nanaimo student-athletes with intellectual disabilities took centre stage on May 26 in the inaugural Special Olympics BC Vancouver Island 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, marking an exciting and inspirational beginning to SOBC school sport competition!

Last year's SOBC try-it day in Campbell River.

New SOBC school sports programming creates competition, development, fun

22 March 2017

Special Olympics BC’s core programs are open to athletes eight years old and up, with many athletes participating well into their later years. But we are finding that many young people have been joining Special Olympics after graduating from high school, thereby coming to us with limited physical literacy. Armed with that understanding, SOBC is working to target students to help them connect with Special Olympics and physical skill development opportunities earlier in their lives.

Participants enjoying the Special Olympics try-it day in Quesnel.

Successful try-it day connects Quesnel youth with Special Olympics

21 February 2017

Special Olympics BC actively looks to work with school districts to help educate teachers, support staff, families, and the students themselves as to what we have to offer. In order to ensure that students with intellectual disabilities are aware of all the sporting opportunities available to them through Special Olympics BC in their local community, we host "try-it days."

Soskay Matsunaga had a blast in a SOBC – Whistler Valley youth program. Photo provided by Akiho Matsunaga.

Children thrive with SOBC youth programs

17 January 2017

Akiho Matsunaga said her six-year-old son Soskay had a wonderful experience in Special Olympics BC – Whistler Valley’s Active Start/FUNdamentals program. Matsunaga said the youth program was a lot of fun and she could see Soskay’s physical skills improve every week. At the end of each session Soskay would say, “More!” in American Sign Language.

Isaac Loponen had a great time with his parents at Youth Sports Day.

Fun and friendship at SOBC’s Youth Sports Day

20 June 2016

Isaac Loponen had an enormous smile on his face as he enjoyed the beautiful weather at Special Olympics BC’s 2016 Youth Sports Day in Burnaby. Though Isaac is currently too young to take part in all of the activities on offer, he had a blast amid the event’s energetic atmosphere, spending time with his adoring parents and making new friends.

Fun for all in SOBC - Richmond's youth programs.

Horizon-expanding opportunities with SOBC youth programs

9 May 2016

When Sandra Hamel first registered her daughter Esme for Special Olympics BC – Nanaimo’s Active Start program, she thought it might be a fun thing to do. Very quickly Esme showed that participating in Special Olympics youth programs definitely is fun, but it’s also full of exciting benefits that develop through the fun activities and warm environment.

SOBC – Burnaby coaches Eugene Orina and Iona Matiowsky joined SOBC's Sarah Wall and young athletes to help recognize Variety.

Variety - The Children’s Charity joins with Goldcorp, the Government of British Columbia, and the Government of Canada to help create new opportunities for kids

18 November 2015

With the help of new funding from Variety - The Children’s Charity, Special Olympics BC is able to launch 15 new youth programs around the province this season.

Variety has granted $15,000 to SOBC to help fund the implementation of new programs for children with intellectual disabilities in the 2015-16 sport season in locations such as Burnaby, Creston, Delta, Elk Valley, Nakusp, Nelson, Mission, Penticton, Surrey, Terrace, and Vanderhoof.

2015 SOBC Youth Sports Day participant Sarah gave her all throughout the fun event!

Children with intellectual disabilities are stars of the show in SOBC youth programs

7 July 2015

For young Special Olympics BC athlete Katie Oliver, Special Olympics is the place where it’s her turn to take centre stage.

“Special Olympics gives her the opportunity to train and compete as an athlete, just as she has watched her brother in his own activities; with Special Olympics, she feels like the star of her own show,” the Oliver family wrote in an e-mail after the 2015 SOBC Youth Sports Day.

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.