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2018 Howard Carter Award recipient: Courtney Keith

21 June 2018

Special Olympics BC – Delta’s Courtney Keith is well known for her positive attitude. As a coach for rhythmic gymnastics, her ability to lift up her athletes and help them reach their full potential is matched by her dedication to go above and beyond when it comes to individualized training with the specific needs of the athlete in mind.

With an emphasis on improving the lives of her athletes, Keith is an excellent choice as the winner of the 2018 Howard Carter Award.

Dorothy (left) receiving her award with her daughter, SOBC – Chilliwack athlete Melinda Franson.

2018 President’s Award recipient: Dorothy Franson

18 June 2018

Special Olympics BC – Chilliwack Program Coordinator Dorothy Franson works hard to provide athletes with the best possible opportunities. A dedicated and supportive volunteer, she has played a pivotal role in the success of her Local, and is the winner of SOBC’s 2018 President’s Award.

“Dorothy is constantly encouraging athletes in all sports to reach their full potential,” her nominators wrote.

2018 Spirit of Sport Award recipient: Matthew Lai

15 June 2018

A hardworking and conscientious athlete, Special Olympics BC – Richmond’s Matthew Lai always tries his best and cheers on his teammates. Lai is a strong role model and the deserving winner of SOBC’s 2018 Spirit of Sport Award.

The 2018 Grassroots Coaching Award
The 2018 Grassroots Coaching Award winner Edna Clifford, centre, is joined by her son James, left, and her husband Ron.

2018 Grassroots Coach Award recipient: Edna Clifford

12 June 2018

Special Olympics – Abbotsford’s Edna Clifford has been a pioneer with her Local, dating back almost 35 years as one of the original founding members. As a parent who saw a need to bring Special Olympics to Abbotsford, she has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport.  Clifford is a deserving recipient of the 2018 SOBC Grassroots Coach Award.

Scott Howe of SOBC helps out at Try-It-Day at Khalsa School, Newton.

Try-It-Day sessions bring inclusion to communities

24 May 2018

The end of the first round of a pilot project for Special Olympics BC is just around the corner. SOBC has been in Richmond and Surrey hosting Try-It-Day sessions, in hopes of reaching traditionally underserved communities in the Lower Mainland.

The aim of the program is to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities of all ages the opportunity to try Special Olympics programs. In both Richmond and Surrey, SOBC is attempting to bridge gaps by incorporating volunteers who can speak Hindi, Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Tagalog.

New Car Dealers / Special Olympics BC Auction drives home support

24 May 2018

A sincere thank you to all of the New Car Dealers and supporters who contributed to the rousing success of the 2018 New Car Dealers Foundation / Special Olympics BC Auction! This year’s event raised more than $182,000, raising the three-decade total to more than $4.9 million in support of Special Olympics BC and the work of the New Car Dealers Foundation.

Anaerobic capacity and it relevance to your performance

24 May 2018

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.


SOBC powerlifting athletes and coaches pose for a group photo after the Vancouver Island meet.

SOBC athletes flex their muscles at Victoria Powerlifting meet

24 May 2018

A total of 19 Special Olympic BC athletes from across the province descended on Victoria for a chance to flex their muscles at the 2018 Vancouver Island Special Olympics Powerlifting meet on May 5. The meet was a prelude to the 2018 Vancouver Island Powerlifting Championships being held the following day.

Joanie Hayes, Competition and Youth Coordinator for SOBC, said it was incredible to see the competitors rally around one another at the event.

Donna Bilous with her daughter Paige at the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame on April 28.

SOBC volunteers garner awards for outstanding service in their communities

24 May 2018

A trio of SOBC volunteers was honoured for their hard work and dedication to enriching the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities.

In Abbotsford, long-time coach and current Region 3 Coordinator Donna Bilous was inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame on April 28.

Bilous said her journey with SOBC began after her daughter Paige was born with Down syndrome in 1993.

SOBC - Victoria speed skater
SOBC - Victoria speed skater Chris Thorpe bumps fists with coach Steve Nielsen before a race.

SOBC speed skating Regional Qualifier embodies spirit of sportsmanship

24 May 2018

This year’s Speed Skating Regional Qualifier in Richmond brought together skaters from across the province for the opportunity to secure a spot for the 2019 SOBC Winter Games, set for Greater Vernon on February 21 to 23.

Joanie Hayes, Competition and Youth Coordinator at SOBC, said 26 skaters from across the province took part in the Regional Qualifier.