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Team BC 2012's speed skating coaches are raring to go!

TEAM BC 2012: Coaches & mission staff ready to roll

31 May 2011

The 34 dedicated and enthusiastic coaches who will guide Special Olympics BC athletes to great achievements in the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games came together last weekend in Vancouver to get the ball rolling toward the Games. Joined by mission staff members, this group of great coaches soaked up key information and shared their excitement about supporting the more than 100 athletes who have been named to the Team BC 2012 training squad.

Photo courtesy of the BC Lions | bclions.com

Lions QB Travis Lulay joining forces with SOBC

19 May 2011

BC Lions quarterback Travis Lulay shows a lot of heart both on and off the football field, and he’s intimately acquainted with the power of sport to change lives. That’s why he’s a fan of Special Olympics, and why he is joining forces with Special Olympics BC to support athletes with intellectual disabilities around the province.

Swinging for the fences at the 2010 Staples Softball Tournament

Staples Softball Tournament coming soon

18 May 2011

The 2011 Staples Softball Tournament is just around the corner!  This one-day, fun-filled tournament will take place on Saturday, June 11, at Riverway Sports Complex in Burnaby

Grizzlies gearing up for Greece

10 May 2011

“Together everyone achieves more.” That’s the inspiring slogan that the Kelowna Grizzlies softball team says before every game they play. Then after a rousing shout of “Go Grizzlies,” they get out on the field and get great things done as a team.

SOBC - Delta athlete Lisa and the manager of her local Safeway store.

2011 Safeway campaign a success

4 May 2011

Safeway’s annual Families Living with Disabilities campaign is a strong fundraiser for Special Olympics across Canada, and early reports are indicating that this year’s campaign from March 31 to May 1 has been a major success around BC and across the country. We are very grateful for the generosity of Safeway customers and the efforts of Safeway employees.

Joanne Thom (front) with Region 1 alpine skiing athletes and coaches at the 2011 SOBC Snow Sport Championships.

Hats off to Joanne and Kailey

4 May 2011

At the alpine skiing events in the 2011 Special Olympics BC Snow Sport Championships, Joanne Thom was a happy, encouraging presence on and off the hill. A longtime alpine skiing coach who recently underwent knee surgery, Joanne could still be seen up out there cheering on every one of the athletes, and even handing out candy to celebrate their achievements.

Meet Athlete Kara Williams

4 May 2011

SOBC – North Shore athlete Kara Williams is working hard both on and off the track. An accomplished runner who has competed in two Special Olympics Canada Summer Games as well as in the generic Canada Summer Games in 2009, Kara is tuning up her fleet feet for the 800- and 400-metre distances, while also keeping up her long jump and shot put skills. She has tried out many sports during her seven years of involvement with Special Olympics, but is currently focusing her participation on basketball, gymnastics and fitness club alongside her running, jumping and throwing in track and field.

Bill Scobbie (back) with curlers Matthew, Jade & Tyler at the 2011 SOBC Ice Sport Championships.

Meet Coach Bill Scobbie

4 May 2011

Bill Scobbie, the curling head coach for SOBC – Port Alberni, has been a curler for nearly two decades. Now he’s applying his knowledge of the sport in support of Special Olympics BC athletes, and he says he gets great enjoyment out of watching them in action, having fun getting out there and blooming as they start to succeed.

Meet Volunteer Judy Bueschkens

4 May 2011

Judy Bueschkens, the dedicated Treasurer for SOBC – Ridge Meadows, frequently finds herself pitching in to help with a variety of programs, and she says that watching all the athletes in action in their different sports gives her a “warm glow.” She loves seeing the “joy and sheer amazement” that shines through on the faces of athletes who achieve something new, and she appreciates all the happiness that she absorbs from the SOBC – Ridge Meadows athletes.

Announcing the Team BC 2012 training squad!

28 April 2011

We are very pleased to announce the athletes, coaches and mission staff members who have been selected to the Team BC 2012 training squad! Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches who worked so hard to qualify, and we wish you all success as you strive toward success at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in St. Albert, Alberta.

*Updated October 2011