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Meet Six Degrees Gala Director David Rae

10 February 2011

When David Rae was in preschool, one of his best friends, Janice, had an intellectual disability. But rather than pick on her like the other kids did, he became her body guard of sorts to protect her from any harm. This experience was an early indication of David’s compassionate and giving nature, which in 2005 inspired him to join forces with the Toronto-based motionball team, becoming the director of the newly formed Vancouver chapter.  

Input sought for research

10 February 2011

Are you a Special Olympics coach or volunteer, or a parent of a Special Olympics athlete, who may be interested in giving 15 to 20 minutes of your time to share information for a Special Olympics-related study? If so, please read the following letter from researcher Chiaki Inoue.

Dear Special Olympics volunteers, coaches, and parents:


Meet an Athlete: Ryan Barker

9 February 2011

One of the 15 keen Special Olympics BC athletes in 100 Mile House, Ryan Barker has blossomed through his participation in SOBC programs. After moving from Port Coquitlam to 100 Mile House four years ago, Ryan got involved with SOBC – 100 Mile House and has improved his speech and social skills, developed friendships and gotten a rewarding introduction to sports he had never tried before, says his mother Denise, the Local Coordinator for SOBC – 100 Mile House.

Meet a Coach: Mackenzie Hubbell

9 February 2011

As the head coach of Prince Rupert’s growing swimming program, Mackenzie Hubbell speaks enthusiastically about the athletes involved, the wide range of the participants’ ages, their lovely dynamics and the committed volunteers who have been drawn to the program. Mackenzie first became involved with Special Olympics BC when she was in high school, and eventually stepped up to serve as Prince Rupert’s swimming head coach.

Meet a Volunteer: Sandra Grills

9 February 2011

Sandra Grills, SOBC – Kelowna’s Volunteer Coordinator, has been involved with Special Olympics BC for more than 18 years, first in Surrey and then continuing in Kelowna after her family’s move. Her son Brad has been a dedicated powerlifter and multi-sport athlete – he is currently dealing with injuries but is still committed to doing his cardio training every week. For Sandra, pretty much everything about the Special Olympics BC experience and working with the SOBC athletes has been memorable and wonderful.

Krista wows the crowd in Robson Square.

SOBC figure skaters join Team BC for Canada Games

4 February 2011

SOBC – Surrey’s Krista Milne is keen to skate her best at the 2011 Canada Games, and based on her performance on Tuesday (February 1), she’s going to put on a great show.

SOBC athletes in the news!

3 February 2011

Check out these recent features on Special Olympics BC athletes!

"I'm so happy. I got butterflies in my stomach now."

Healthy Athletes Wellness Day coming soon

31 January 2011

Saturday, March 12, will be a day full of fun and healthy guidance for registered Special Olympics BC athletes: That’s when the Healthy Athletes Wellness Day event is set to run in Vancouver!

Location: Medical Students Alumni Centre, on the corner of Heather Street and 12th Avenue, across from Vancouver General Hospital

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Merchandise to be sold at SOBC Winter Sport Championships

28 January 2011

When you make your way to Coquitlam, Vancouver and West Kelowna to experience the action and excitement of the 2011 Special Olympics BC Winter Sport Championships, you'll be able to buy merchandise to commemorate the awesome events!

Action Athletic Wear will be on hand to sell items, and here are some examples of what may be available:

Rick Lucy keeping the flame alive in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Meet a Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteer: Rick Lucy

28 January 2011

Rick Lucy has worn a number of hats in his support of Special Olympics BC, beginning with his more than 20 years of involvement with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. He is a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Council, and he also serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics BC.