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Team BC Training Squad member and SOBC – Ridge Meadows athlete Richard Niesman at the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games

Special Olympics BC bowlers ready to topple pins in P.E.I.

19 April 2018

Special Olympics BC bowling athletes from around the province are ready to hit the lanes in Prince Edward Island at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships from May 15 to 19! Team BC Training Squad 5- and 10-pin bowlers have been working hard and putting to use tips they learned at their training camp in November.

Special Olympics BC athletes had a great time supporting the 2017 campaign at the Maple Ridge store

Give a Toonie Share a Dream fundraiser in support of Special Olympics kicks off April 21

19 April 2018

April 21 marks the start of a four-week fundraiser in support of Special Olympics at Staples stores across Canada. The Staples Canada Give a Toonie Share a Dream campaign raises funds to help deliver world-class sport programs to people with intellectual disabilities in communities throughout Canada.

SOBC – Surrey athlete Marc Theriault asks a question during the Athlete Speakers Bureau 1 session in Richmond.

Inspiration at the centre of Athlete Leadership Conference

16 April 2018

Inspiration took centre stage at the Special Olympics BC Athlete Leadership Conference April 7 to 8 in Richmond, with 59 amazing athletes and more than 57 volunteer speech coaches and facilitators from all over the province coming together to work on skills that fall outside of the sports arena.

Try It Days in Richmond and Surrey

14 April 2018
  You’re invited to Special Olympics BC’s Try-It-Day!

• Opportunity for individuals with intellectual disabilities of all ages to try Special Olympics programs.

• No skills or appointments needed, just drop in and we’ll get you started!

• Water and snacks provided.

• Speak with Special Olympics coaches in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Tagalog on select dates.*

(*call 604.802.4226 for more details)

Place: Richmond City Centre, Community Centre Multipurpose Room, 5900 Minoru Blvd., Richmond

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Meet a Sponsor: Wheaton Precious Metals

12 April 2018

Wheaton Precious Metals (formerly Silver Wheaton) started their support of Special Olympics BC in 2006 as a Presenting Sponsor of the Sports Celebrities Festival.

The Westminster Savings team getting bold and cold at Kits Beach.

SOBC supporters make big waves at Polar Plunge events

21 March 2018

Law enforcement champions and other fearless Plungers charged into chilly waters at two Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC events in March. Staged in partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for SOBC, these frigid fundraisers saw participants laugh, splash, and show off their colourful costumes as they raised funds and awareness for SOBC.

SOBC – Salmon Arm bocce players Carina Chu, Kathleen Nelson, Tristan Harms-Popham, and Nick Anchikoski.

Meet Athlete Kathleen Nelson

21 March 2018

Special Olympics BC – Salmon Arm‘s Kathleen Nelson is a fun-loving athlete who enjoys playing sports with her friends.

Nelson participates in basketball, bocce, and Club Fit through SOBC – Salmon Arm, and she says bocce is her favourite sport.

“It’s a game I can play anytime and mostly anywhere in the summertime – and I like playing with my friends,” Nelson says.

Nelson also loves the social aspect the game, especially the wrap-up party the team has at the end of the season.

Meet Coach Stuart Holmes

21 March 2018

Special Olympics BC – Delta soccer coach Stuart Holmes loves to see the proud smiles on athletes’ faces when they learn a new skill or achieve a goal.

A highly knowledgeable coach, Holmes is passionate about soccer and has been involved in the game for most of his life. Holmes has been coaching with SOBC – Delta for more than 10 years, and he says working with the dedicated, grateful athletes in his Local has been a rewarding experience.

Meet Volunteer Gloria Brown

21 March 2018

Special Olympics BC – Burns Lake Local Coordinator Gloria Brown says the most rewarding thing about volunteering with SOBC is getting to know the fantastic athletes.

SOBC - Kamloops founder Marilyn McLean, centre, celebrates following her induction to the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame.

Marilyn McLean inducted to Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame

21 March 2018

Special Olympics BC – Kamloops founder Marilyn McLean has been honoured for her impact in the world of sport after she was inducted to the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame.

McLean joined three others in the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame on April 28, as well-known trainer and equipment manager Gregory “Spike” Wallace, Olympic shot putter Dylan Armstrong and the late George Farquharson, the father of F-Class target shooting, were also enshrined.