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2017 Spirit of Sport recipient: Kelsey Thomson

12 June 2017

Special Olympics BC – Richmond’s Kelsey Thomson is a cheerful, compassionate athlete who is always looking to support her teammates. Described by her nominators as an inspiring leader and role model to other athletes, Thomson is the deserving winner of SOBC’s 2017 Spirit of Sport Award.

2017 SOBC Summer Games one month away

5 June 2017

The 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games are reaching the one month to go mark, with more than 1,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities and volunteer coaches and mission staff set to converge in Kamloops from July 6 to 8. The athletes from all over British Columbia and the Yukon have been training hard and are so excited to compete in Canada’s Tournament Capital.

Rick Prosk celebrated with community award

25 May 2017

Congratulations to Special Olympics BC – Quesnel Program Coordinator Rick Prosk who was named Quesnel’s Volunteer Citizen of the Year in April!

A dedicated SOBC volunteer of more than 13 years, Prosk works hard to provide athletes with life-changing opportunities and has played an important role in developing SOBC – Quesnel’s programs. He says his favourite thing about being involved with SOBC is interacting with the amazing individuals in his Local.

Meet Athlete Nate McNeil

24 May 2017

Special Olympics BC – Ridge Meadows athlete Nate McNeil is passionate about elevating his performance on the track and living a healthy lifestyle.

McNeil’s favorite sport is athletics and he loves competing in long-distance running events. He says running can be hard work, but it makes him feel good and he is proud of his skills.

“I like to run and compete!” McNeil says.

Meet Volunteer Jonathan Loong

24 May 2017

Special Olympics BC – Richmond’s Jonathan Loong is an enthusiastic volunteer who loves being part of his Local’s fun and welcoming community.

As SOBC – Richmond’s Volunteer Coordinator, Loong works hard to connect people who are interested in getting involved with his Local with positions where they can make a difference. One of his favourite things about his role is collaborating with his Local’s phenomenal coaches, who he says inspire him with their dedication.

SOBC – Coquitlam athlete Mandy Manzardo (front left) all smiles during the 2017 Special Olympics World Games LETR Final Leg.

World Games Final Leg a joyful, inclusive experience

24 May 2017

Special Olympics BC – Coquitlam athlete Mandy Manzardo and Oak Bay Police Department Constable Sheri Lucas say helping kick off the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria was the experience of a lifetime.

Manzardo and Lucas were part of the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg team that carried the Flame of Hope through 47 cities, towns, and communities across Austria and into the World Games Opening Ceremony.

Photos courtesy of Amy Nowicki, School District 68. Thanks Amy and team!

Excitement building for inaugural SOBC school basketball tournament

23 May 2017

Watch out – Vancouver Island student basketball players in the Comox Valley and Nanaimo have been training hard and are ready to crash the hoops in the first-ever Special Olympics BC School Sport Championships competition! The inaugural SOBC Vancouver Island 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held on May 26 at Courtenay’s Georges P. Vanier Secondary, with four teams from Comox and one team from Nanaimo set to take the court.

The participating students have been training in their schools since January, learning the sport skills and drills and creating game strategy.

Variety is the spice of fitness

23 May 2017

Vary your workouts to create a well-rounded fitness routine that is less likely to result in burnout or plateaus. Change up the intensity and duration of your training sessions from day to day. No matter what your pace or goal, your training program should include a mix of different types of training days.

Changing lives with the New Car Dealers / Special Olympics BC Auction

18 May 2017

Heartfelt thanks to all of the New Car Dealers and supporters who contributed to the success of the 2017 New Car Dealers Foundation / Special Olympics BC Auction! This year’s event raised more than $178,000, raising the three-decade total to more than $4.7 million in support of Special Olympics BC and the work of the New Car Dealers Foundation.

Thanks to Angela, Cory, and all the volunteers who gave their time to the SOBC Healthy Athletes Screening Day in Fort St. John!

Healthy Athletes Fort St. John powered by positive participants and volunteers

17 May 2017

Northern B.C. individuals with intellectual disabilities had the opportunity to access valuable health screenings and information at the Special Olympics BC Healthy Athletes Screening Day in Fort St. John in April, thanks to the generous support of volunteers and sponsors.