As part of the Special Olympics Games cycle, Special Olympics BC Locals and Regions around the province host Regional Qualifiers, where athletes compete for the chance to advance to the next Provincial Games.
In 2022, winter-sport Regional Qualifiers were hosted around the province, for athletes trying to qualify for the 2023 Special Olympics BC Winter Games! All events followed SOBC's strong Return to Sport safety protocols.
Read the Regional Qualifier recap
Find Regional Qualifier photos
Qualifier dates and details:
- Region 8: March 5, Dawson Creek
- Region 4: March 10, Richmond
- Region 3: March 20, Abbotsford
- Region 6: March 27, Nanaimo
- Region 2: April 3, Kamloops
- Region 1: April 2, Trail
- Region 5: May 13, Vancouver
Cross country skiing & snowshoeing
- Region 6: February 25-26, Campbell River
- Region 4: March 5, Delta
- Region 2: March 19, Kamloops
- Regions 3 and 5: March 26, Langley
- Regions 7 & 8: April 2-3, Prince George
- March 5: BC/YK Section STARSkate Competition (Kelowna)
- March 12: 2022 BC/YK Section Special Olympics Competition at the BC/YK Section Synchronized Skating Competition (Surrey)
- March 18 to 20: 2022 Vancouver Island FunSkate Competition (Victoria)
- Region 6: March 13, Comox Valley
- Regions 4 and 5: March 19, Richmond
- Regions 1, 2, 7, & 8: April 9, Kamloops
- Region 3: April 10, Abbotsford
When do we find out who qualified for the 2023 SOBC Winter Games?
This year's Regional Qualifiers ended on May 13. Once all the qualifiers wrapped up, for all Regions, the number of spots given to each Regional team were calculated. These numbers are based on the participation in the Regional Qualifiers.
Each Regional team will soon begin their selection and endorsement process.
Get excited for team announcements later in 2022!
This process is the same as in years past.
Find the SOBC sport policies on competition selection and endorsement
For more information, please contact:
Athlete Reporters Miranda Orth and David Johnston on the return to in-person sports and competitions
Revelstoke Review on young alpine skier Yorke Parkin and his journey
Burns Lake Lakes District News on Danny Tress competing in the SOBC Snowshoeing Regional Qualifier
-Athlete Danny Tress
Quesnel Cariboo Observer on the Region 8 5-Pin Regional Qualifier
Prince George Citizen on the Curling Regional Qualifier for Regions 7 & 8
-Coach Fern Russell
The Cranbrook Daily Townsman and Golden Star reported on their local athletes' successes at the SOBC Cross Country Skiing Regional Qualifier
Richmond News photos from the Region 4 Floor Hockey Regional Qualifier