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Team BC 2018 Training Squad swimmers at their camp in Vancouver
Team BC 2018 Training Squad swimmers at their camp in Vancouver

Great team spirit at Team BC 2018 Training Squad camps

23 January 2018

Members of the Team BC 2018 Training Squad have kicked off the year with hard work and high spirits! Training camps for seven sports were held in January, giving athletes important opportunities to practice their skills and pick up tips to help them be at their best for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Nova Scotia this July.

Tim Nusse (middle) receiving the award at a ceremony in December. Photo credit: Employment and Social Development Canada

SOBC receives $10,000 grant from Canada’s Volunteer Award winner

19 January 2018

Tim Nusse, a longtime volunteer coach for the Valemount Secondary School Senior Girls’ Basketball Team, says his experiences with Special Olympics athletes and individuals with intellectual disabilities have given him the gifts of joy, appreciation, sportsmanship, commitment, positivity, and so much more.

SOBC - Vernon athlete Justin Sigal helped announce that the 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games are coming to Greater Vernon.

2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games set to be held in Greater Vernon

16 January 2018

Next February, the 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games will be hosted in Greater Vernon, starring more than 800 athletes with intellectual disabilities from all over the province and the Yukon competing with pride in eight sports.

Honouring Bob and Marge McNary with SOBC endowment fund

8 January 2018

On May 31, 2003, Marge McNary, a long-serving volunteer and supporter of Special Olympics BC, passed away. To honour her life and memory, her husband Bob McNary established the Marge McNary Memorial Fund. 

Family and friends of Marge and Bob have made generous donations to the Fund. In 2004, Bob organized a successful dinner/auction fundraiser. With this loving support, the Fund has already reached approximately $62,494.

2018 anniversary celebrations for SOBC Locals

5 January 2018

Happy New Year to the amazing athletes, coaches, volunteers, families, and supporters of Special Olympics BC all over the province and the planet! We are excited to start the year by wishing happy birthday to the SOBC Locals marking anniversary celebrations in 2018.

Meet a Sponsor: Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund

4 January 2018

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 support from Special Olympics Canada partner Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund is helping Special Olympics athletes improve their health and achieve their goals.

Inspiring year showcased in 2017 SOBC newsletter

27 December 2017

2017 will go into the history books as an inspiring and impactful year for Special Olympics BC. Nearly 1,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities inspired everyone watching as they competed in the largest Special Olympics BC Games to date. Our year-round programs and fundraising support continued to grow and strengthen, changing more lives through the power and joy of sport, and changing the way the world sees people with intellectual disabilities.

The Special Olympics Canada Athlete Leadership Council members at their inaugural meeting.

Canadian Athlete Leadership Council launched

14 December 2017

After several years of planning and preparations, the new Canadian Athlete Leadership Council has been launched with terrific participation from athlete leaders from across the country, including Special Olympics BC – Comox Valley athlete Jake Hooper.

Jacques Thibault (centre) with SOBC athletes Paige Norton and Matthew Williams.

2017, the perfect holiday season to stay in shape

13 December 2017

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.

UBC medical student study identifies challenges to care of individuals with IDs

13 December 2017

People with intellectual disabilities experience worse health care and access to services than others in their communities. Millions of people with intellectual disabilities lack access to quality health care and experience dramatically higher rates of preventable disease, chronic pain and suffering, and premature death in every country around the world, including ours.