When and how did you get involved with Special Olympics?
I've been involved with SOBC for over five years.
Will this be your first Special Olympics Canada Games? If not, which other National Games were you part of and in what role(s)?
This will be my first National Games as a member of Team BC. I was a spectator and staff member supporting the Law Enforcement Torch Run at the 2014 SOC Summer Games in Vancouver.
What does it mean to you to be part of Special Olympics Team BC 2020?
It means so much to be able to be part of this team - to be given the opportunity to support the athletes and coaches in my sport (figure skating) as well as supporting all the members of Team BC. I'm excited to get to be a part of this experience.
What is/are your goal(s) for these National Games?
To help the athletes and coaches have the best possible Games experience.
What is your favourite Special Olympics experience to date?
My favourite SO experience to date was the experience at my first ever Games Opening Ceremony. I had no idea what to expect and when all the athletes started coming into the arena it was so exciting and I couldn't help smiling (and I'll admit) getting a little teary. They all were so happy to be at the Games and excited for all the opportunities to come over the next few days of competition. that enthusiasm was contagious!
What does competing at National Games mean to your athletes? (or, if this is your first National Games, competition in general)
Competing at Games means that these athletes have the opportunity to show their talents on a national stage. They have worked hard to get the opportunity to be selected for Team BC and now are working even harder to make sure they achieve their personal best at the Games.
What storylines are you excited to see develop in your Team BC sport team leading up to the National Games?
I'm excited about the training that figure skating athletes are doing as well as seeing how the more experienced athletes in our team interact and support the younger members who will be experiencing their first National Games.
What would you say about Special Olympics to encourage someone to get involved?
Come and meet the athletes at an event, a practice, or a competition. You will be inspired to participate, whether as an athlete, a volunteer, or a donor.