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Meet Athlete Nate McNeil

24 May 2017

Special Olympics BC – Ridge Meadows athlete Nate McNeil is passionate about elevating his performance on the track and living a healthy lifestyle.

McNeil’s favorite sport is athletics and he loves competing in long-distance running events. He says running can be hard work, but it makes him feel good and he is proud of his skills.

“I like to run and compete!” McNeil says.

Meet Volunteer Jonathan Loong

24 May 2017

Special Olympics BC – Richmond’s Jonathan Loong is an enthusiastic volunteer who loves being part of his Local’s fun and welcoming community.

As SOBC – Richmond’s Volunteer Coordinator, Loong works hard to connect people who are interested in getting involved with his Local with positions where they can make a difference. One of his favourite things about his role is collaborating with his Local’s phenomenal coaches, who he says inspire him with their dedication.

SOBC – Coquitlam athlete Mandy Manzardo (front left) all smiles during the 2017 Special Olympics World Games LETR Final Leg.

World Games Final Leg a joyful, inclusive experience

24 May 2017

Special Olympics BC – Coquitlam athlete Mandy Manzardo and Oak Bay Police Department Constable Sheri Lucas say helping kick off the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria was the experience of a lifetime.

Manzardo and Lucas were part of the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg team that carried the Flame of Hope through 47 cities, towns, and communities across Austria and into the World Games Opening Ceremony.

Photos courtesy of Amy Nowicki, School District 68. Thanks Amy and team!

Excitement building for inaugural SOBC school basketball tournament

23 May 2017

Watch out – Vancouver Island student basketball players in the Comox Valley and Nanaimo have been training hard and are ready to crash the hoops in the first-ever Special Olympics BC School Sport Championships competition! The inaugural SOBC Vancouver Island 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held on May 26 at Courtenay’s Georges P. Vanier Secondary, with four teams from Comox and one team from Nanaimo set to take the court.

The participating students have been training in their schools since January, learning the sport skills and drills and creating game strategy.

Variety is the spice of fitness

23 May 2017

Vary your workouts to create a well-rounded fitness routine that is less likely to result in burnout or plateaus. Change up the intensity and duration of your training sessions from day to day. No matter what your pace or goal, your training program should include a mix of different types of training days.

Changing lives with the New Car Dealers / Special Olympics BC Auction

18 May 2017

Heartfelt thanks to all of the New Car Dealers and supporters who contributed to the success of the 2017 New Car Dealers Foundation / Special Olympics BC Auction! This year’s event raised more than $178,000, raising the three-decade total to more than $4.7 million in support of Special Olympics BC and the work of the New Car Dealers Foundation.

Thanks to Angela, Cory, and all the volunteers who gave their time to the SOBC Healthy Athletes Screening Day in Fort St. John!

Healthy Athletes Fort St. John powered by positive participants and volunteers

17 May 2017

Northern B.C. individuals with intellectual disabilities had the opportunity to access valuable health screenings and information at the Special Olympics BC Healthy Athletes Screening Day in Fort St. John in April, thanks to the generous support of volunteers and sponsors.

Staples athletes and staff at the White Rock store.
SOBC athletes and Staples staff had a great time supporting the 2016 campaign at the White Rock store.

Give a Toonie Share a Dream with Staples for Special Olympics May 6 to June 4

8 May 2017

On May 6, Special Olympics Canada and Staples Canada kicked off the 17th Give a Toonie Share a Dream fundraising and awareness campaign in support of Special Olympics.

The in-store fundraiser takes place May 6 to June 4 at all Staples stores across Canada, and helps support more than 42,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics sport programs across more than 450 communities.

Abbotsford's Katie Marchbank gives a thumbs-up to the applause after completing her Athlete Speakers Bureau 1 final speech.

Empowerment through Athlete Leadership

28 April 2017

Skills, valuable perspectives, and inspiring stories were on display at the Special Olympics BC Athlete Leadership Conference April 1 to 2 in Richmond, with 68 amazing athletes and more than 40 volunteer speech coaches and facilitators from all over the province.

The participants from 30 Locals worked on public speaking and leadership skills in the event’s Athlete Speakers Bureau 1 and 2 courses, Governance workshop, and Health Heroes training.

SOBC - Kelowna coach David Wilkinson and athlete Tony Wilkinson in Austria with Tony's World Games hardware!

Special Olympics Team Canada shone in Austria

28 April 2017

After years of training and competition to reach the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, the members of Team Canada from British Columbia truly delivered in Austria March 14 to 24.