Meet SOBC – Revelstoke’s Terina Sessa, an enthusiastic athlete who loves how Special Olympics gives her opportunities to try new sports and live a healthy lifestyle.
Meet SOBC – Vancouver’s Wilson Wong (pictured above), a hardworking volunteer whose favourite thing about Special Olympics is receiving “opportunities to meet and speak with athletes and volunteers from many different walks of life.”
Athlete training tips
Keep yourself active over the winter months
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”
This means you should get outside and enjoy the weather, all types of weather! Whether it is sunny, raining, or snowing, try to get outside every day.
Special Olympics Team BC 2018 members represented every British Columbian with pride at national competitions on the East Coast, coming home with medals, memories, and joy.
Our year-round programs and fundraising support continued to grow and strengthen, changing more lives through the power and joy of sport, and changing the way the world sees people with intellectual disabilities.
Read all about it in the 2018 SOBC year-end newsletter, featuring some of the great stories and inspiring moments that happened around the province this year!
By supporting Special Olympics BC, you can give a gift that provides year-round opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to develop confidence, cultivate friendships, and reveal their true potential through the power of sport.
Give the gift of time
When you give the gift of time as a volunteer, you make Special Olympics BC programs possible. Whether you can give a few hours at an event or want to get involved weekly, we have a position for you. You can become a coach, assistant coach, or program volunteer, join a Local Committee, and/or volunteer at an event. Find out more
Donations to Special Olympics BC help provide vital funds for life-changing sport, health, and leadership programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities. These important programs help empower athletes to enrich their lives every day across the province! Donate now
Our thanks to all who supported Special Olympics BC on Giving Tuesday! And also thanks to everyone donating this holiday season and spreading the word to help enrich lives with Special Olympics BC!
With more than 600 athletes set to compete in the Games, we will need more than 1,000 volunteers to create an empowering and inspiring experience for the participants from all around the province and the Yukon.
Please encourage anyone interested in volunteering to visit www.sobcgamesvernon.ca to register and be part of this rewarding experience. Sign up early to secure spots – the 2017 SOBC Games filled all available roles!
Volunteer registration is also available at the 2019 SOBC Winter Games office, located at VantageOne Credit Union, 3108 33 Avenue, Vernon. Entrance to the office is at the VantageOne Leasing entrance, located on 31 Street.
Sincere thanks to the Games sponsors who have signed on to date:
Platinum Sponsors: City of Vernon and School District 22
Gold Sponsors: Kal Tire, Royal Bank of Canada, Silver Star Mountain Resort, Sobeys Inc., Sovereign Lake Nordic Club, TD Bank Group, Tolko Industries, and Watkin Motors
Bronze Sponsors: CFI, District of Coldstream, Nixon Wenger LLP, Regional District of North Okanagan, Teck, Tourism Vernon Commission, and Wayside
Media Sponsors: 105.7 Sun FM, 1075 Beach Radio, Castanet, and Vernon Morning Star
The holiday season is fast approaching, and for brave Polar Plungers – it’s beginning to look a lot like beach time.
Registration is now open for the Vancouver Island Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC at Willows Beach on February 17 and the Vancouver Polar Plunge for SOBC presented by Westminster Savings Credit Union, coming to Kitsilano Beach on March 2. Don’t miss your chance to laugh, splash, and support a great cause with these fun-filled Law Enforcement Torch Run for SOBC events.
Get ready for a great night of faceoffs and fundraising on December 16!
Be there cheering in the stands as the Vancouver Giants go head to head with the Prince George Cougars at the Langley Events Centre. Buy your tickets through the Delta Police Department and a portion of ticket proceeds will support Special Olympics BC. Delta Police Department members will also be teaming up with SOBC athletes to sell 50-50 tickets at this BC Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraiser.
For more information and to buy tickets, contact Charlotte Taylor by email at email@example.com or by phone at 604-737-3056 / 1-888-854-2276 toll-free.
Functional testing helps Club Fit facilitators improve athlete fitness
Special Olympics BC – Kimberley/Cranbrook facilitator Shelley Joubert says doing functional testing as part of her Local’s Club Fit program has helped athletes build their fitness and self-esteem.
“You see athletes push themselves more,” she says. “They have their teammates and coaches cheer them on, and it pushes them to succeed.”
Functional testing involves exercises that measure fitness and foundational movements. These sessions are used to test an athlete’s fitness level, and to motivate and guide his or her training. Functional testing is important as it provides feedback to coaches regarding the program’s effectiveness and shows the personal progress of each athlete.
By Jacques Thibault, Special Olympics BC Sport Consultant
Jacques Thibault, an internationally recognized training and speed skating expert with a Master’s degree in science, works with Special Olympics BC athletes and coaches to help empower them to be their very best.
The holiday season is almost here, and Special Olympics BC programs are also taking a break, so staying in shape will depend entirely on you and the choices you make during the holidays. Here are some tips to help you stay in shape over the festive season.
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