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Beaming at the bowling lanes during the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games

2017 SOBC Summer Games athletes shone in Kamloops

12 July 2017

Nearly 1,200 individuals with intellectual disabilities gave their all in 11 sports and inspired everyone watching at the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games, held in Kamloops July 6 to 8. These were SOBC’s largest Provincial Games to date and a thrilling display of the true power and joy of sport.

SOBC - Kamloops softball coach Mike Ward and athlete Kent Plettl after reading the coach and athlete oaths.

2017 SOBC Summer Games action, excitement underway

7 July 2017

The 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games Opening Ceremony had it all, thrills aplenty and chills from the amazing energy of the athletes, teams, and supporters! "I can't wait to cheer you on! My heart is so full tonight, you inspire all of us!" Honorary General Manager Renee Hopfner of Sobeys told the athletes. Sincere thanks to everyone involved in this terrific party!

Everyone is so excited for competition kicking off and running throughout Friday and Saturday!

Games schedule

Joan Gerhardt (left) receiving the 2017 Special Olympics BC President's Award from SOBC – Kelowna Local Coordinator Sue Foisy.

2017 President’s Award recipient: Joan Gerhardt

30 June 2017

A Special Olympics BC – Kelowna volunteer of more than 20 years, Joan Gerhardt has played a critical role in raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics in her community. Gerhardt is an inspiring leader who is the driving force behind her Local’s most important fundraising event, and she is the deserving winner of SOBC’s 2017 President’s Award.

Goldcorp President & CEO David Garofalo and SOBC – Langley athlete Christian Burton.

Goldcorp Invitational changes lives with Special Olympics BC

30 June 2017

On June 28, members of the business community hit the sun-soaked greens at the beautiful Northview Golf & Country Club for a day of golf that helps Special Olympics BC change lives across the province.

Now in its 11th year, the Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament has raised more than $2.1 million for Special Olympics BC and helped make a difference to athletes with intellectual disabilities like Langley’s Matthew Williams, a 2017 World Games medallist and co-emcee at this year’s event.

2017 SOBC Summer Games gearing up for exciting Opening Ceremony, inspiring competitions

29 June 2017

The 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games will be an inspiring and action-packed showcase of the abilities of nearly 1,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities, and all of Kamloops is encouraged to come out and enjoy these unique events free of charge.

2017 Athletic Achievement Award recipient: Paige Norton

29 June 2017

A confident, courageous, and talented individual, Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford’s Paige Norton is an accomplished athlete and a great ambassador for SOBC in her community. Through her commitment to trying her best, showing good sportsmanship, and living a healthy lifestyle, she is a great example to other athletes in her Local, and the winner of SOBC’s 2017 Athletic Achievement Award.

Donna Bilous (right) receiving the 2017 Special Olympics BC Howard Carter Award with husband Tom Norton and daughter Paige.

2017 Howard Carter Award recipient: Donna Bilous

29 June 2017

Region 3 Coordinator and Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford coach Donna Bilous works hard to help SOBC athletes develop confidence, independence, and skills. A knowledgeable and respected coach who consistently demonstrates honesty and integrity through her actions, Bilous is the deserving recipient of the 2017 Howard Carter Award.

Bill Scobbie receiving the 2017 Grassroots Coach Award from SOBC - Port Alberni Volunteer Coordinator Anne Evans.

2017 Grassroots Coach Award recipient: Bill Scobbie

26 June 2017

Special Olympics BC – Port Alberni’s Bill Scobbie is a committed and caring coach who has developed great relationships with athletes, coaches, parents, and caregivers in his Local. A knowledgeable bocce and curling coach, Scobbie works hard to provide opportunities for athletes, and he is the deserving winner of SOBC’s 2017 Grassroots Coach Award.

Meet Athlete Nicholas McClean

23 June 2017

Special Olympics BC – Golden swimmer Nicholas McClean says his greatest strengths as an athlete are he works hard and is persistent. McClean says even if he falls behind in a race, he always finishes up to the best of his ability.

“I enjoy learning and that helps me become a better athlete,” he says. “I have quite a bit of determination.”

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.