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SOBC wants to help tobacco users Quit Now

7 September 2011

We know smoking keeps athletes and coaches from giving their best efforts out on the fields, courts, gyms, rinks, tracks and pools. Spit tobacco and chew don’t help either – many people don’t realize these substances are also harmful to their bodies and can impact performance.

We also know it can be wrenching to quit cold turkey, and stop-smoking aids (such as nicotine gum and patches) can be costly.

TEAM BC 2012: Families & Friends Program

6 September 2011

Team BC 2012 invites families and friends to Be A Fan!

From February 28 to March 4, 2012, athletes and coaches will come together for the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. Imagine the thrill as approximately 800 athletes and coaches, and hundreds of friends and family, journey from all over the country to celebrate the abilities of Special Olympics athletes. During this unforgettable event, athletes will show that they are able to succeed... and to inspire.

Support SOBC through Okanagan Spring Brewery

5 September 2011

If you're raising a glass to toast the end of summer this September, you can support SOBC by buying Okanagan Spring Brewery beer in stores. In September, this leading BC craft brewing company contributes $1 for every 12-pack of bottles sold to Special Olympics BC, raising thousands of dollars to support athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Curling and speed skating athletes gave their all in fitness testing at the Team BC 2012 training camp in Abbotsford

TEAM BC 2012: Rockers, Rockettes, Ice Hounds, Hot Shots & Bullets take on training camp

26 August 2011

Dale Eckert sounded very happy to be participating in last weekend’s Team BC 2012 training camp for curling and speed skating athletes, held in Abbotsford. “I love it. I love it,” he said. The SOBC – Powell River curler says he loves any opportunity to do any physical activity and play sports, and he’s been working hard to stay fit throughout the summer – he’s even been working out at home.

Province helps Special Olympics athletes achieve their dreams

23 August 2011

VANCOUVER – The Province is building on its commitment to sport by providing $1 million to Special Olympics BC to host the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver, and to support B.C.’s Special Olympics athletes, Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, announced today.

The funding will be provided over the course of three years:

*$300,000 to support B.C.’s hosting of the 2014 National Games;

SOBC athletes and coach Joan at the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games!

Super swimming by SOBC athletes at 2011 WCSG

16 August 2011

BC can be very proud of the four Special Olympics BC swimmers who raced in Kamloops for the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. Led by SOBC – Kelowna’s Kelsey Wyse, who captured a remarkable five gold medals, the SOBC swimmers – including Kerri Denninger, Andrew Frenchy and Ryan Kuester – showed their impressive skills and represented BC extremely well.

Hitting the links in support of SOBC

12 August 2011

On August 10, more than 200 members of the BC food and drug industry community came together at Hazelmere Golf Club in Surrey for a fun-filled day at the 24th Annual BC Food & Drug Industry Charity Golf Classic benefitting Special Olympics BC and the Vancouver Community College Foundation. As golfers made their way around the links at this scramble tournament, they were treated to exclusive on-course snacks and samples, and the opportunity to win fabulous prizes at the hole-in-one prize holes. 

SOBC athletes and coach Joan at the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games!

SOBC athletes in action at Western Canada Summer Games

12 August 2011

In their first day of competition at the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games, SOBC swimmers Kelsey Wyse, Kerri Denninger, Ryan Kuester and Andrew Frenchy made a big splash for Team BC, winning five medals!

On Thursday (August 11), the Western Canada Games swimmers contested the 100-metre freestyle and 50-metre backstroke events, and the SOBC athletes did their province proud competing in the Special Olympics divisions.

Marilyn Adams has been coaching swim teams for 25 years, and has been with SOBC - Sunshine Coast for five years.

Meet Coach Marilyn Adams

3 August 2011

When SOBC - Sunshine Coast swimmer Stephanie Rogers was training in preparation for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, she was fortunate to have longtime swim coach Marilyn Adams to guide her along the way. Marilyn, who has coached SOBC athletes who have reached Provincial, National and World Games levels, served as Stephanie's training coach in the months leading up to this summer's World Games, helping Stephanie be at her very best when she dove into the pool in Athens, Greece.

We wish Leona Becker of SOBC - Smithers all the very best with the birth of her first child coming soon!

Meet Volunteer Leona Becker

3 August 2011

My name is Leona Becker, and I am the Local Coordinator for Special Olympics BC – Smithers. In October 2008, I was approached by board members to consider becoming the new coordinator, and I immediately jumped at the opportunity to volunteer in such a meaningful way in our community.

As I have been working as a Community Support Worker for the past 14 years, I already knew all of the athletes involved in the SOBC programs, as well as most of their families. It was an easy transition for me and the athletes to have me step into my new role.