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There was amazing enthusiasm during the New Westminster leg of the Lower Mainland Torch Run.

Celebrating a spring and summer of successful fundraising with the BC LETR

21 August 2017

In her 19 years of involvement with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics BC, Delta Police Department Inspector Debra McLeod has found it very rewarding to be part of LETR events and inspiring to spend time with SOBC athletes.

“It is about more than running; people’s lives are affected and we are making a difference for so many people, for so many athletes locally, nationally, and internationally,” McLeod said.

Susan Wang at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

Susan Wang honoured with a Spirit of Canada 150 Award

14 August 2017

A cheerful, humble athlete who is passionate about alpine skiing, Special Olympics BC – Surrey’s Susan Wang is a winner of a Spirit of Canada 150 Award!

Fleetwood-Port Kells MP Ken Hardie honoured Wang’s achievements in competition and through her dedicated training by selecting her for the award. Wang received her Spirit of Canada 150 Award with fellow local recipients in a ceremony with MP Hardie on June 24, where they were all celebrated for making a difference in their community.

Meet a Sponsor: Postmedia

3 August 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 Postmedia has helped SOBC empower athletes to enrich their lives through the joy of sport.

SOBC - Abbotsford athlete Bradly Barnett.

SOBC invited to be part of MLS WORKS ESPN Special Olympics All-Star Match

27 July 2017

Thanks to our friends at Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Major League Soccer (MLS), Special Olympics BC has been invited to be part of the 2017 MLS WORKS ESPN Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match! SOBC – Abbotsford soccer player Bradly Barnett and coach Roshan Gosal will be part of the experiences in Chicago July 31 to August 2.

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SOBC athletes and Staples staff at the Cloverdale store.

Inspiration and fundraising success with Staples Canada

26 July 2017

The Staples Canada Give a Toonie Share a Dream campaign brought memorable moments and fundraising success in 2017, as stores across B.C. found great support from their communities and inspiration from local Special Olympics athletes.

SOBC – Victoria swimming coach Susan Simmons takes part in an open-water swim near Bella Bella.

SOBC coach honoured as a top aquatic adventurer

25 July 2017

Congratulations to Special Olympics BC – Victoria swimming Head Coach Susan Simmons who was named one of the World Open Water Swimming Association’s 2017 World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women in June.

Meet Athlete Sandra Malku

25 July 2017

Special Olympics BC – Richmond’s Sandra Malku is a hardworking athlete who says her favourite thing about SOBC is spending time with the great people in her Local.

“The coaches are really nice and the players do a great job at playing the sports! They make it fun!” she says.

Take small steps for big results

25 July 2017

You can incorporate fitness into your routine by walking or jogging to places you need to go instead of driving or taking the bus. Consider purchasing a pedometer so you can set goals for yourself and track your steps.

Before you know it, doing things that increase your step count – such as taking the stairs instead of an elevator – will become second nature to you. This regular rhythm of physical activity will become a habit and it will make you want to continue to be active and exercise.

SOBC - Surrey's Melissa Semke sprinting for the finish line at the 2016 BC Games in Abbotsford.

SOBC athletes set to compete at 2017 Canada Games

21 July 2017

More than 4,000 athletes and coaches will converge in Winnipeg for the 2017 Canada Summer Games July 28 to August 13, and eight Special Olympics BC athletes and two coaches will be part of the athletics and swimming action!

The Canada Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes, and in 2017 will celebrate their 50th anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday.  

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Meet a Sponsor: viaSport British Columbia

20 July 2017

We are so grateful to our vital sponsors and partners, whose support helps Special Olympics BC empower athletes to enrich their lives, gain confidence, and develop friendships. Here we look at how viaSport British Columbia is working to create inclusive sport opportunities across the province and providing important funding to support Special Olympics BC activities and projects.