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SOBC athlete and Marathon of Sport participant. PC: Pinstripe Productions
SOBC athletes and participants enjoyed a great day of sport at Marathon of Sport Kelowna. Photo credit: Pinstripe Productions

Meet a Sponsor: motionball

16 November 2017

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Special Olympics BC programs help thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities celebrate personal achievement and gain confidence, skills, and friendship. Here we look at how motionball helps empower Special Olympics athletes across Canada to enrich their lives through the joy of sport, and introduces thousands of young professionals to Special Olympics through their inspiring events.

Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter and SOBC - Vancouver athlete Alex Pang at the 2017 SCF podium. Photo by Jeff Vinnick

Sports Celebrities Festival helps make the impossible possible

7 November 2017

The 2017 Sports Celebrities Festival presented by Wheaton Precious Metals starred Special Olympics BC athletes centre stage alongside the entire Vancouver Canucks roster and leading B.C. sports celebrities, while raising vital funds for the Canucks for Kids Fund and SOBC.

SOBC – Vancouver athletes Nellie-Joe Kurta and Sarah Brown joined Raincity Athletics to cheer on CF|24 participants

CrossFitters crush CF|24 challenge for Special Olympics

25 October 2017

On October 21, more than 700 participants in 26 CrossFit gyms across Canada helped make a difference by conquering CrossFit 24 to support Special Olympics.

Dee Neukomm and her husband Ron at the Prince George Community Foundation’s 2017 Citizens of the Year Gala.

SOBC members celebrated for their outstanding efforts

25 October 2017

We’re delighted to congratulate Special Olympics BC – Prince George coach Dee Neukomm and 10 SOBC – Quesnel athletes who were recently recognized in their communities for their remarkable contributions to community and amazing accomplishments!

Meet Athlete Betty Colk

25 October 2017

Special Olympics BC – Chilliwack’s Betty Colk is a friendly, outgoing athlete who says SOBC has helped her improve her fitness, gain confidence, and make friends.

“Special Olympics brings out the best in me!” she says.

Colk participates in 5-pin bowling and bocce, and says the athletes and coaches in these programs are enthusiastic and supportive. They all do a great job of cheering each other on.

SOBC – Penticton coach Michelle Riches (left) with her sisters Jeri-Lee Hodgins (centre) and Fae Hodgins (right)

Meet Coach Michelle Riches

25 October 2017

For Special Olympics BC – Penticton coach Michelle Riches, volunteering with SOBC is not only an inspiring experience, it is a great opportunity to spend time with her sisters.

Riches and her sister Fae Hodgins coach 5-pin bowling and bocce, and their sister Jeri-Lee Hodgins is an athlete who participates in both sports.

Get a good night’s sleep to improve your athletic performance

25 October 2017

Did you know that sleep plays an important role in making sure you are ready for competition? The quality and amount of sleep an athlete gets can have a big impact on athletic performance. Deep sleep, otherwise known as REM sleep, provides energy to both the brain and the body. If sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to process your memories and release hormones that are key to physical recovery.

Here are some tips to help you sleep better: 

Meet Volunteer Helene Johnston

25 October 2017

Special Olympics BC – Sunshine Coast Treasurer Helene Johnston started volunteering with SOBC after watching one of her niece’s rhythmic gymnastics performances. Seeing her niece’s joy as she completed her routine showed Johnston the importance of SOBC’s empowering programs and inspired her to get involved in her community.

Jacques Thibault (centre) with SOBC athletes Paige Norton and Matthew Williams.

Your weight and your sport

25 October 2017

By Jacques Thibault, Special Olympics BC Sport Consultant

Jacques Thibault, an internationally recognized training and speed skating expert with a Master’s degree in science, works with Special Olympics BC athletes and coaches to help empower them to be their very best.

It is well known that sport activities are necessary for healthy living and weight control. It is also well known that sport activities have different effects on healthy lifestyle. Do you know how your sport activities influence your health and weight?

Team BC powerlifting coaches show their strength at the Team BC 2018 Coach and Mission Staff Summit

Team BC 2018 coaches and mission staff ready to help athletes shine

24 October 2017

Excitement is building as members of the Team BC 2018 Training Squad begin their journey to the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships in Prince Edward Island May 14 to 20, and the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, from July 29 to August 5. These dedicated and deserving individuals have qualified for their spots on the provincial training squa