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Congratulations to the 2010-11 national team

8 November 2010

Special Olympics BC commends the 109 athletes and 42 coaches and mission staff members who will march the maple leaf into Greece for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, with extra high-fives for the 34 athletes and 12 support staff members from BC who made the cut.

We are proud of your achievements, and we know you will do your province proud as you go for gold against the world in Athens, Greece. Congratulations to you all, and happy training as we rocket toward 2011!

Meet an Athlete: Jered Bertulis

5 November 2010

SOBC – Oceanside athlete Jered Bertulis has participated in Special Olympics sports since 1998. He is active in track and field, swimming, softball and curling. After winning three gold medals at the 2009 Provincial Games, Jered qualified to compete with Team BC at the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in London, Ontario – his first National Games experience.

When did you start with Special Olympics and how did you get involved?

Matt Derouin

25 August 2010

Matt Derouin first became involved with Special Olympics while looking for experience that would help prepare for a career in public relations. After accepting a position as PR Coordinator for SOBC - Delta, he eventually learned of an opportunity to become a swim coach in Delta, and jumped on the chance.

What is your most memorable Special Olympics experience?

Being at the Provincial Games last summer in Abbotsford. It was really seeing fun to see the athletes win medals and staying at the schools with everyone.

Ivy Whitfield

25 August 2010

She began volunteering with Special Olympics in 1986 in Prince George after reading an advertisement in her local newspaper. Ivy Whitfield has been a Local Coordinator, Secretary, Program Coordinator and Coach, and continues to lend her hand in support of a cause close to her heart.

What is your most memorable Special Olympics experience?

I would say all the Provincial and National Games. They are always thrilling. But also Seeing athletes progress from where they start whether it is in their behaviour, their sport skills, or social skills.

CABC Coach of the Year

24 August 2010

Campbell River coach and Local Coordinator, Maureen Brinson, has been selected as the Coaches Association of BC’s 2009 Recreational/Grassroots Female Coach of the Year! She will be receiving a commemorative plaque, bursary of $250 to be used towards coach education as well as a complimentary five year CABC membership. Congratulations Maureen for this amazing accomplishment!