Mark Schnurr

Special Olympics Team BC 2020 Alpine Skiing Coach
Mark Schnurr

When and how did you get involved with Special Olympics?    

1990, when I needed volunteer hours for high school.

Will this be your first Special Olympics Canada Games? If not, which other National Games were you part of and in what role(s)?  

No, I’ve been to the National Winter Games in Calgary, Quebec, PEI, and Newfoundland as an Assistant Coach for alpine skiing. I went to the National Summer Games in Nova Scotia as a Team Manger for basketball.

What does it mean to you to be part of Special Olympics Team BC 2020?    

It means everything it is always such a great honour to be picked for any provincial team.

What is/are your goal(s) for these National Games?

To make sure every athlete has the safest, happiest time and comes away from it with lifelong memories.

What is your favourite Special Olympics experience to date?

There are so many. I wouldn’t know where to start.

What does competing at National Games mean to your athletes? (or, if this is your first National Games, competition in general)

They are always very excited and look forward to competing against the best in the country.

What storylines are you excited to see develop in your Team BC sport team leading up to the National Games?     

I always enjoy seeing and hearing how the athletes have trained so hard and how good they feel because of it.

What would you say about Special Olympics to encourage someone to get involved? 

Just try it, you will be hooked for life.