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Meet Volunteer Renee Pottle

23 June 2017

Whether at a floor hockey game or a Local Committee meeting, Special Olympics BC – Prince Rupert Treasurer Renee Pottle’s favourite thing about SOBC is seeing the enthusiasm of the athletes and their supporters.

Meet Coaches Bill and Judy Zmaeff

23 June 2017

Bill and Judy Zmaeff say coaching 5-pin bowling and bocce with Special Olympics BC – Revelstoke is the most fun they have ever had.

UBC study: The Transition to Adulthood of Young Persons with IDD: Describing the Parents’ Experience

22 June 2017

Special Olympics BC recently assisted a University of British Columbia research team with recruitment for their study on the transition-to-adulthood for persons with IDD, from the parents' perspective. They provided the following summary of their findings.

Recently, researchers at the University of British Columbia, under the guidance of Drs. Richard Young, Sheila Marshall and Tim Stainton, worked with parents of young persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Stay hydrated in the summer heat

21 June 2017

As hot summer temperatures hit, here are some tips for staying hydrated and healthy:

The terrific teams in the inaugural Special Olympics BC Vancouver Island 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament!

Student-athletes inspire in inaugural SOBC Island 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

20 June 2017

Comox Valley and Nanaimo student-athletes with intellectual disabilities took centre stage on May 26 in the inaugural Special Olympics BC Vancouver Island 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, marking an exciting and inspirational beginning to SOBC school sport competition!

Volunteers made connections and developed their skills at the Region 1 and 2 Conference in Kelowna.

SOBC Regional Conference participants show that ‘together there are no limits’

20 June 2017

Special Olympics BC – Kimberly/Cranbrook coach Lisa Ruigrok says the recent SOBC Region 1 and 2 Conference was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to develop her skills. As a new coach, she says the event helped her create valuable connections with other volunteers and learn more about SOBC and how it supports its athletes.

“I have never been prouder to be part of an organization!” Ruigrok says. “I feel even though I do not have the experience, I have the resources now to make me more successful as a coach.”

Special Olympics BC - Kelowna golfer Ryan Courtemanche at the 2014 National Games.

Two SOBC golfers bound for SO North America Golf Championship

13 June 2017

Two Special Olympics BC golfers, Kelowna’s Ryan Courtemanche and Abbotsford’s Austin Johnston, will hit the links in Washington this month in the 2017 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship!

In the championship running June 26 to 28 at Redmond’s Willows Run Golf Complex, more than 230 golfers and coaches from across the U.S. and Canada will play in individual and team competitions on 9- and 18-hole courses, as well as individual skills competitions.

2017 Spirit of Sport recipient: Kelsey Thomson

12 June 2017

Special Olympics BC – Richmond’s Kelsey Thomson is a cheerful, compassionate athlete who is always looking to support her teammates. Described by her nominators as an inspiring leader and role model to other athletes, Thomson is the deserving winner of SOBC’s 2017 Spirit of Sport Award.

2017 SOBC Summer Games one month away

5 June 2017

The 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games are reaching the one month to go mark, with more than 1,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities and volunteer coaches and mission staff set to converge in Kamloops from July 6 to 8. The athletes from all over British Columbia and the Yukon have been training hard and are so excited to compete in Canada’s Tournament Capital.

Rick Prosk celebrated with community award

25 May 2017

Congratulations to Special Olympics BC – Quesnel Program Coordinator Rick Prosk who was named Quesnel’s Volunteer Citizen of the Year in April!

A dedicated SOBC volunteer of more than 13 years, Prosk works hard to provide athletes with life-changing opportunities and has played an important role in developing SOBC – Quesnel’s programs. He says his favourite thing about being involved with SOBC is interacting with the amazing individuals in his Local.