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Don’t let cold temperatures freeze your fitness progress

12 December 2017

When exercising in winter conditions, it is important to stay safe and avoid injury. When running or walking outside, choose fresh snow over ice or packed snow. You will get better traction on fresh snow and reduce your chance of slipping. You can also try shortening your running stride and keeping your feet lower to the ground. You will run more efficiently and reduce your risk of slipping, falling, or straining muscles.

Meet Athlete Kaylee Richter

12 December 2017

Special Olympics BC – Smithers athlete Kaylee Richter may be only 14 years old, but she already knows what it takes to be a successful swimmer.

Kaylee prides herself on having a strong work ethic and being good at following her coaches’ instructions. Kaylee says when she is learning a new skill, she takes her time to make sure she gets it right.

“I love being an athlete and I have always wanted to be one! I want to see how far I can get with swimming!” she says.

Meet Coach Keith McKeeman

12 December 2017

Special Olympics BC – Dawson Creek’s Keith McKeeman says coaching SOBC athletes is a very fulfilling experience, and he loves to see them having fun at practices and competitions.

Meet Volunteer Debra Pool

12 December 2017

Special Olympics BC – Vernon’s Debra Pool is a dedicated volunteer who says she is inspired by the excitement and passion SOBC athletes have for their sports.

Pool currently serves as SOBC – Vernon’s Secretary and interim Local Coordinator. She says watching Special Olympics athletes compete is a joyful experience, and she loves how the organization provides them with opportunities to develop sport skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

Rhythmic gymnast Katherine Burns at the Team BC 2018 Training Squad camp.
Athletes Ryan and Lawrence supporting the 2015 Staples campaign at the Vancouver Staples store on Grandview

Meet a Sponsor: Staples Canada

7 December 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 longtime national partner Staples Canada has helped empower athletes across the country to enrich their lives through the power of sport.

Meet Athlete April Armstrong

22 November 2017

Special Olympics BC is in April Armstrong’s blood.

Armstrong, her father Darrell, her mother Suzanne, and her older sister Mary are all proud SOBC – Burnaby athletes. Armstrong says it’s fun to be a Special Olympics family because they all support and learn from each other.

“That’s the really good part of having a family with Special O, you get tips and tricks and inside scoops on things,” Armstrong says.

Meet Coach Jennette St. Jean

22 November 2017

Special Olympics BC – Invermere Club Fit coach Jennette St. Jean loves to help empower SOBC athletes through exercise. 

Meet Volunteer Genevieve Baker

22 November 2017

Special Olympics BC – Mackenzie Local Coordinator Genevieve Baker is a hardworking volunteer who has played an important role in the growth of her Local.

Shake up your fitness routine by making it a game

22 November 2017

It can be hard to stick to a training routine, so it’s important to find new ways to make fitness fun! Why not try taking some of your favourite games and giving them a fitness spin?