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Add resistance bands to your fitness routine

21 September 2017

Free weights and weight machines are great, but the key to any effective sport-specific training program is diversity. Resistance bands provide a different type of resistance than free weights and weight machines and should be used in your training to promote a well-rounded program.

Resistance bands provide variable resistance – the more you pull on them, the greater the tension. This is also true when you release the band, since resisting its pulling action puts a great amount of stress on your muscles.

Meet Athlete Allen Hahner

21 September 2017

Allen Hahner’s favourite things about SOBC are spending time with friends and meeting new people.

“At Special Olympics they are like family because they all know me,” the Special Olympics BC – Cowichan Valley athlete says. “It is fun to be around people I really care about.”

Hahner currently participates in 5-pin bowling, and in the past he has also played floor hockey, soccer, and softball.

Meet Coach Bob Slater

21 September 2017

When Special Olympics BC – Fort St. John curling coach Bob Slater gets to the rink for practices, the athletes greet him with a flurry of high-fives.

“It’s like a party before you’ve even started!” Slater says.

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Meet a Sponsor: Westminster Savings

21 September 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 Westminster Savings Credit Union (Westminster Savings) has helped change lives and benefit communities through their generous support of SOBC programs and events.

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

Five reasons to attend Club Fit every week

20 September 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.

Board of Directors update

18 September 2017

Special Olympics BC is very grateful to have outstanding leadership and support from our Board of Directors. We strongly appreciate their contributions and dedication to ensuring the ongoing quality and value of the organization.

At SOBC’s September 2017 AGM, all of our Directors were re-elected for the 2017-18 term.

Meet a Sponsor: New Car Dealers Association of BC

7 September 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 long-standing support from the New Car Dealers Association of BC has helped SOBC change lives through the power of sport.

Announcing the SO Team BC 2018 Training Squad!

1 September 2017

We are so pleased to announce the members of the Special Olympics Team BC 2018 Training Squad

These dedicated and deserving individuals have qualified for their spots on the provincial training squad based on their performances in the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games in Kamloops.

Roster by sport

Functional testing results now available through new database

29 August 2017

Special Olympics BC – Castlegar athlete Liam Donnelly said seeing what he could accomplish at a functional testing session inspired him to train harder and take pride in his health. “I learned so much in one day,” Donnelly said. “It was so much fun – I had a blast!”

Strike a pose with yoga

25 August 2017

With yoga, you can have a great workout, improve your mobility, and focus your mind all at the same time! Yoga can help you develop muscle strength, lose weight, avoid injuries, enhance your circulatory health, and improve your athletic performance. It is also a great stress-reduction tool and it can help you practise focus and visualization techniques. Try a free online class or drop into a local studio!