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2017 SOBC Summer Games excitement building

27 April 2017

To build excitement and share key information ahead of Special Olympics BC’s largest Provincial Games to date, the 2017 SOBC Games Organizing Committee and Regional team leaders came together in Kamloops on April 22.

Do not let injuries sideline your fitness

25 April 2017

If you have a physical condition that limits your activity, schedule an appointment with a sports medicine doctor or physical therapist. They can help you recover by prescribing various exercises. Equally important, they can teach you to modify your training so you can still exercise safely. If you are injured, do not stop training altogether unless advised to by a medical professional. Use your time on the sidelines to work on weaknesses and develop your skills in a way that is safe.

Meet Athlete Zack Robinson

25 April 2017

Special Olympics BC – Kitimat’s Zack Robinson is an enthusiastic athlete who loves to play sports with his friends. He says his greatest achievement with SOBC is having fun and “it doesn’t matter when you win or lose.”

Meet Coach Hannah Bauer

25 April 2017

Hannah Bauer says being part of the Special Olympics community has been a powerful, life-changing experience.

Bauer is a facilitator for Special Olympics BC – Squamish’s Active Start and FUNdamentals programs and serves as the Local’s Volunteer Coordinator. She loves to help young athletes develop their skills, and she is inspired by their strength, determination, and positive attitudes.

Andrea Boyes (second from right) and SOBC - Victoria athletes and volunteers at the Athlete Leadership workshop April 2017.

Meet Volunteer Andrea Boyes

25 April 2017

Special Olympics BC – Victoria volunteer Andrea Boyes says she is constantly inspired by SOBC athletes’ amazing levels of sportsmanship and camaraderie.

As her Local’s Public Relations Coordinator, Boyes says she feels privileged to have the opportunity to tell SOBC athletes’ stories. She says Special Olympics volunteers receive so much more than they give, and helping athletes reach their potential is an incredible experience.

2017 SOBC award nominations for outstanding athletes, coaches, and volunteers

20 April 2017

We are excited to congratulate the 2017 nominees for Special Olympics BC’s five annual awards! These accomplished and inspiring athletes, coaches, and volunteers have been nominated by their peers in recognition of their outstanding achievements, spirit, and contributions to Special Olympics.

Please join us in congratulating these 38 deserving nominees!

The winners of the 2017 SOBC awards will be announced over the coming weeks on the SOBC website and social media accounts.

Photo courtesy of Darren Inouye.

Meet a Sponsor: Pacific Coastal Airlines

12 April 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 Pacific Coastal Airlines has helped SOBC bring athletes and communities together from across the province to share their love of sport.

Abbotsford youth volunteers and SOBC athletes with Mayor Henry Braun pledging to Spread the Word to End the Word.

Spread the Word to End the Word Abbotsford

4 April 2017

Article courtesy of Roshan Gosal

University of the Fraser Valley student Roshan Gosal, with the help of more than 70 student volunteers and numerous Special Olympics athletes, has initiated the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign in Abbotsford for the third consecutive year. The campaign has the support of all 11 Abbotsford high schools, UFV, and the City of Abbotsford.

Silver Wheaton President & CEO Randy Smallwood presents a medal
Silver Wheaton President & CEO Randy Smallwood presents speed skater Eric Bruneau with a medal at the 2016 SOC Winter Games.

Meet a Sponsor: Silver Wheaton

30 March 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 Silver Wheaton has helped SOBC empower athletes to enrich their lives through the joy of sport.

Abbotsford youth volunteers with University of the Fraser Valley President Mark
Abbotsford youth volunteers with University of the Fraser Valley President Dr. Mark Evered pledging respect.

Champions of respect ending the R-word

23 March 2017

On and around March 1, Special Olympics champions throughout the province and around the world spoke out in support of the ninth annual Spread the Word to End the Word® awareness day. Champions of inclusion and dignity for individuals with intellectual disabilities use this inspiring campaign and the international awareness day to help stop the hurtful use of the R-word and rally people to pledge respect at r-word.org.