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Training three times per week too much for SO athletes and coaches?

25 August 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.

Surrey's Malcolm Borsoi sprinted onto the podium at the 2017 Canada Games! Photos by Team BC's Kevin Bogetti-Smith

SOBC athletes impressed at 2017 Canada Games

21 August 2017

Special Olympics BC athletes made a big impression in the pool and on the track at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg July 28 to August 13, showing their abilities as they competed alongside more than 4,000 young athletes from all across the nation.

Meet Athlete Hannah Pope

21 August 2017

Special Olympics BC – Squamish athlete Hannah Pope loves meeting new people and staying fit with SOBC.

“I like everything about Special Olympics!” she says.

Meet Volunteer Leslie Bowling

21 August 2017

Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford’s Leslie Bowling says getting involved with SOBC is the most rewarding decision she has ever made.

An enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer, Bowling serves as SOBC – Abbotsford’s Volunteer Coordinator and is the Head Coach of her Local’s 5-pin bowling and bocce programs. She says spending time with Special Olympics athletes is a joyful experience that can make her feel good even when she is having a bad day.

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.

Staples athletes and staff at the Cloverdale store
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.