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Recent coverage of Special Olympics BC athletes and programs:

  • Special Olympics Team BC 2024 Training Squad
  • Coverage of B.C. members of Special Olympics Team Canada 2023
  • 2023 Special Olympics BC Winter Games coverage
  • Stories on athletes and coaches staying active and connected with Special Olympics throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Special Olympics Team BC 2020 media coverage
  • Coverage of B.C. members of Special Olympics Team Canada 2019
  • 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games coverage
  • SOBC – Victoria athlete perseveres his way to the podium | CHEK News, July 31, 2018
    “When I was in Grade 10 I tried to play volleyball but I wasn’t good enough. I was frustrated a lot to the point that I just stopped, because I don’t want to keep on failing at normal sports. And then Mom heard about Special Olympics, and I did floor hockey, swimming, and bowling.“ Special Olympics BC – Victoria athlete Michael Langridge, winner of SOBC’s 2018 Athletic Achievement Award, talks about his inspiring journey with Special Olympics. 
  • Special Olympics Team BC 2018 stories and coverage
  • Special feeling helping Special Olympics athletes | Penticton Western News, November 25, 2017
    "It’s the most amazing experience in the world," SOBC – Penticton coach Michelle Riches says. "You cannot have a bad day. I mean if you’ve had a bad day and you come to be with the athletes they put a smile on your face, you just can’t help it. Watching them, the interaction among themselves, the camaraderie, cheering each other on and they get to know you, they get to love you, you get so many hugs, it just feels so good when you leave."
  • Special Olympics BC helps local family | Pique Newsmagazine, September 7, 2017
  • Special Olympics: inspiring athletes and building community for almost 25 years | Quesnel Cariboo Observer, August 30, 2017
    "The benefit of Special Olympics for the athletes is undeniable. They of course see all the obvious advantages of becoming more active, but [Program Coordinator Rick] Prosk says there are layers to the ways the program contributes to the lives of the athletes, and to the community as a whole."
  • Coverage of the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games
  • Coverage of B.C. members of Special Olympics Team Canada 2017
  • Special Olympics seeking volunteer coaches | CKPG TV, September 14, 2016
    Leif Skuggedal, SOBC – Prince George athlete: “I’ve been in Special Olympics since I was eight years old, and I first started in track and field. I’ve met some great people and some great coaches. We need some coaches. They help you, they help you reach goals, they help you advance to World Games, even to Summer Games. It helps the athletes, we need help. We’re all friends, we look out for each other. We like each other.”
  • Special Olympics Team BC 2016 stories and coverage
  • Athletes bettered by BC Games competition and camaraderie | Oak Bay News, March 10, 2016
    "As it was his first time travelling without parents or an assistant, he learned a great deal about taking care of himself,” said Debbie Seto-Kitson, mother of Victoria basketball player Myles Kitson. "At the end, he gained many new friends, greater confidence – both on and off the basketball court – and only lost a few basketball games and his water bottle."
  • North America's best coach | CTV Vancouver, February 10, 2016
  • Special Olympics helps those with intellectual disabilities participate in sports, socializing | Osoyoos Times, February 10, 2016
    "I love to compete and not only am I doing it for myself, but I am also doing it for my competitors and showing them what I can do,” Special Olympics BC – South Okanagan athlete Alberto Holz told the Rotarians. “And they can show me the same thing. What inspires them inspires me as well."
  • Program offers athletes an early start | Prince George Citizen, January 14, 2016
    "This weekend, the Prince George branch of Special Olympics is launching Active Start, a 12-week family program for kids between the ages of two and six. ... Through parent-participation games and activities, participants will learn basics such as running, jumping, throwing and walking with kids their own age. 'It's to help them get ready for other Special Olympics sports when they're a little bit older,' said Orser."
  • Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford coach named best in North America | The Valley Voice, January 11, 2016
    "The excellence and dedication of Special Olympics British Columbia coach Tom Norton have earned international recognition, as the Abbotsford-based volunteer has been selected as Special Olympics North America’s 2015 Coach of the Year."
  • Special Olympics builds communities of inclusion | The Huffington Post, December 3, 2015
    "When I became a Special Olympics athlete here in British Columbia, I finally met a group of folks who accepted me. I no longer felt on the outside. Making friends was easier and so was playing sports, something I was not able to do in school."
  • SOBC – Langley athlete and Special Olympics International Board Member Matt Williams with CKNW's Jill Bennett | October 11, 2015
    Matt gave a TEDxVancouver talk on November 14, 2015, and in advance he joined CKNW's Jill Bennett Show to speak about TEDxVancouver and the impact of Special Olympics.
  • Special Olympics BC – Merritt programs in the spotlight | Shaw TV Merritt, October 2015
    "I feel great." SOBC – Merritt Club Fit athletes and coaches shared their experiences with Shaw TV and helped highlight local programs.
  • Coverage and final results for B.C. members of Special Olympics Team Canada 2015
  • Wally Trotter, athlete extraordinaire | CHEK News, May 7, 2015
    "Thanks to Special Olympics, Wally Trotter now has the ability to compete in sports of all kinds."
  • Special Olympics athletes sharing the spotlight at Canada Games | Prince George Citizen, February 25, 2015
    "First they competed at the Special Olympics BC Winter Games on the weekend in Kamloops. Now Stephanie Divin, Matthew Lai, Eric Pahima and Emily Walzak find themselves skating on centre ice at Lakewood Dental Arena at the Canada Winter Games. Not bad for Team B.C.'s Special Olympics figure skating squad that's competing amongst the top Special Olympics athletes in the country this week in front of a hometown crowd. 'They're coming off a high of having a positive provincial Games and they're all feeling successful and really proud,'  said Special Olympics BC coach Jessica Chapelski on Tuesday."
  • Coverage of the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Kamloops
  • Active Start promotes physical activity for youngsters | Trail Times, February 11, 2015
    Special Olympics BC – Trail parent and Active Start program leader Jamie Santano: "I wanted more children and their families to get involved in this wonderful organization. I know how much joy it has added to our lives."
  • Everybody wins | Route 3, Winter 2014/15
    "'It's all about the smiles' is the prevailing theme for Special Olympics BC – Trail, and after taking in a floor hockey game bewteen the SOBC – Trail Roadrunners and the Selkirk College Saints hockey team, there was little doubt at the end of it that everyone was a winner."
  • People Power: Physiotherapists team up with Special Olympics | Physiotherapy Practice, Summer 2014
    Includes SOBC volunteer and longtime physiotherapist Christine Therriault-Finke: “You’re seeing kids challenge themselves,” she says of youth programs. “They’re motivated to pursue movement and mobility. They’re learning to follow increasingly complex directions. They’re learning to interact with peers, take turns and use the right amount of force when they greet a friend. And then there’s the self-esteem piece—to be able to let your hair down and be who you are without the added pressure of having to fit in.”
  • B.C's Special Olympics athletes warm up home turf | The Vancouver Sun, June 15, 2014
  • "'It keeps me healthy,' said [Team BC 2014 athlete Adam] Advocaat. 'I enjoy it. I have a mission to show that people like me can do anything a typical person can. I have a feeling a lot of people don’t see the untapped ability we have in people with intellectual disabilities.'"
  • More Team BC 2014 media coverage
  • Pitt Meadows teen's Special Olympics efforts lauded | Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times, June 16, 2014
    “'Even when I’m having a really bad day, I know that once I go [to volunteer], it makes me really happy afterwards,' [Bri Milli] said. 'It’s such a positive environment because everyone is so happy, most of the time. It makes me feel good being able to help... and knowing that it makes them happy, or can make them happy.'"
  • Special Olympics Canada Summer Games comes to Vancouver | BC Business, March 26, 2014
    "'It’s exciting to be holding the National Games here for the first time in 20 years. We were anxious to support that event,' says Goldcorp President and CEO Chuck Jeannes. 'It’s an amazing opportunity to work with and around people who want to compete and strive for improvement, whether it’s in individual or team sports. We’re not the only supporter—I’m very proud of the way the mining community has stepped up.'"
  • Meet inspirational SOBC – Abbotsford powerlifters with Shaw TV's go! Vancouver (December 2013)
  • Dyck receives prestigious award from Special Olympics Canada | Prince George Citizen, November 21, 2013
    "For [SOBC – Prince George coach Calvin] Dyck, working with Special Olympics athletes is a labour of love.
    'It is phenomenal to see somebody go to a competition, meet with the other athletes, have a fun time and come back with a smile,' he said. 'Win or lose, they've had a fun time and that's the whole idea.'"
  • Learning the FUNdamentals | Comox Valley Record, November 12, 2013
    "'My favourite hour every week is right here,' coach Susan DeGryp said of the weekly 5 to 6 p.m. gathering. 'The kids are fantastic and the parents are fantastic, too.'"
  • 'Hawks forge Special bond with Roadrunners | Trail Times, November 8, 2013
    "This is the third year that the Beaver Valley Nitehawks have partnered with SOBC – Trail's floor hockey team, with the players meeting at the school every Tuesday to mentor and practice with the Special O team.
    'It’s a wonderful thing to be involved with,” said Nitehawk coach Terry Jones. 'We periodically have games with them, and they reciprocate and come to our games, it’s been a terrific experience for our boys.'"
  • L.V. Rogers launches Active Start chapter | Nelson Star, October 4, 2013
    "Thanks to the leadership of eight Grade 12 students, Special Olympics BC – Nelson is preparing to launch a fun new program that will open a world of opportunities in motor, social, and sport skill development for children with intellectual disabilities. ...
    "'I think it’s a really great program, giving really good support for people with intellectual disabilities,' Tessa Exley said. 'I think it’s really important to do that sort of work in our communities.'"
  • Thom honoured with award | Cranbrook Daily Townsman, September 19, 2013
    "Cranbrook Special Olympics athlete Erin Thom has been honoured with the 2012-13 Athletic Achievement Award, for her sporting accomplishments this season.
    Thom, who was surprised with the award during registration day for the 2013-14 season at the SOBC office in Cranbrook, was surrounded by all her coaches who have helped her get on her way since getting involved with Special Olympics over 22 years ago."
  • Team effort in South Surrey offers new Sport Start program | Peace Arch News, September 11, 2013
    "Amadea de Wit, 11, and Charlotta Clayton, 13, are looking forward to a new Special Olympics Sport Start program that gets underway at South Surrey’s Bayridge Elementary Oct. 1."
  • Coverage of the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games
  • Special Olympics is much more than just Games | The Province, July 3, 2013
    “It builds confidence, it (makes) me confident to go and talk to people,” SOBC – Richmond athlete Salaudin Manji said. “People notice you, people talk to you, you go to your interviews, you tell them you’re a part of Special Olympics … they give you a chance.”
    Also in The Province on our partnership with BC Soccer
  • Special Olympics athletes thrilled to compete | Kamloops Daily News, November 2, 2012
    "For 26-year-old Kamloops resident Danielle Pedersen, going to regular bowling practice, qualifying for higher level competition and travelling to regional events are the highlight of her life.
    'I used to be very shy but now it’s getting better,' said Pedersen. 'And there’s the courage to actually be an athlete. Special Olympics became part of my life and I never want to give that up. It’s like my dream.'"
  • Special Olympics: Revealing the champion in all of us (page 13) | BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils Our Voice magazine, Fall 2012
    "For the first time in seven years my son would once again have the opportunity to play on organized sports teams, developing skills and friendships with his peers while I cheered, swapped stories, shivered, and shared coffee with mine."
  • Kelowna Special Olympics athletes take golf by storm | Kelowna Capital News, October 28, 2012
    "Kyle Grummett earned a gold medal in top division shooting 76 on a par 72 course over the two day tournament with nine holes played each day. This ranks him as the top Special Olympic golfer in Canada. Golf is “definitely” the current No. 1 sport for Grummett, who has previously competed in two national games and one World Games in softball."
  • White Rock to celebrate athletes | Peace Arch News, October 26, 2012
    Nine individuals with 'outstanding achievements in sports' – including 2012 Olympic bronze medal weightlifter Christine Girard and SOBC – Delta athlete Stacey Kohler, Special Olympics World Games bronze medallist – are to be recognized in a special presentation at White Rock City Hall Monday night.
  • 2015 SOBC Winter Games on way to city | Kamloops This Week, October 17, 2012
    "Kamloops will play host to about 700 athletes with intellectual disabilities in February 2015 when it hosts the Special Olympics BC Winter Games. Lois McNary, Vice President of Sport for SOBC, said Kamloops has a 'proven record of hosting athlete-centric Games,' noting the city impressed organizers when it last played host to the Games in 2003."
  • Golfer takes aim at nationals | Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times, September 20, 2012
    BC Lions kicker Paul McCallum on his cousin, SOBC - Ridge Meadows athlete Jason Muldoon, who was selected to compete in the inaugural National Golf Tournament: "Way back when [Jason] was into floor hockey, and when he talked about it, you could see the spark in his eye. [Sports and Special Olympics] are very good for these athletes. It teaches team spirit and that has been something good for him - an all-round positive atmosphere for him."
  • Day celebrates Special Olympics athletes | Langley Advance, September 20, 2012
    "On Sept. 22 people around the world will celebrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver's vision for a more inclusive, respectful world during the third annual EKS Day. Special Olympics programs and communities worldwide are hosting events full of inclusive sport and play to honour Shriver's legacy."
  • Campbell River Special Olympics athlete an inspiration | Campbell River Mirror, August 23, 2012
    "When Hazen Meade got the call saying he had earned a berth on Team Canada for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, his response reflected his 13-year journey to that achievement.
    'I guess dreams do come true,' he told his coach."
  • 'Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt' | Langley Advance, June 27, 2012
    "Effort and enthusiasm were the buzzwords Saturday at McLeod Athletic Park, where 218 Special Olympics athletes from across B.C. gathered for the Athletics Regional Qualifier.
  • Special Olympics athletes shine at Spall | Vernon Morning Star, June 27, 2012
    “Our Special Olympic Athletes are proud competitors, brave in trying to be the best they can be while spreading their enthusiasm and smiles across to everyone,” said  Karen Truesdale, SOBC – Vernon golf head coach. “It is amazing how they get involved and involve everybody around them. They set the score for all of us very high.”
  • Chance to feel like part of the elite | The Province, May 9, 2012
    "The ­annual soccer tournament, held in Vancouver in ­early May and now in its 12th year, is an event that runs on the notion that every player deserves to feel like an elite athlete, even if for a day.
    “It doesn’t matter who you are and what abilities you have, you can still prove to people on the team that you can get your goal,” athlete Ashley Sales said."
  • Fort St. John regional Special Olympics qualifier goes swimmingly | Alaska Highway News, May 7, 2012
    "Dozens of Special Olympics swimmers from Northeastern B.C. came to Fort St. John on Saturday to compete in the Region 8 qualifiers for the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games in Langley. Twenty athletes from Prince George, six from Quesnel and another six local athletes competed in approximately 20 different events on Saturday at the North Peace Leisure Pool."
  • Dawson Creek shocks all at bowling tournament | Prince George Citizen, April 16, 2012
    "Yvonne Leruyet was a strike ahead of her peers once again last weekend.
    The 61-year-old Special Olympisc bowler earned the high game of the day Saturday at the Black Diamond Lanes during the Region 8 qualifier."
  • Special Olympics athletes find a home at Langford Lanes | Goldstream News Gazette, April 3, 2012
    "Woo hoo, I am excited," Trina Owen said, pumping her hands in the air. "I didn't have a chance to bowl for a long time. I missed it."
  • Happy to help | South Delta Leader, Jan. 13, 2012
    "Tsawwassen's Pam Keith has a quick and simple answer when asked why she enjoys lending her time to community causes. 'We as a family believe we're very fortunate,' says Keith, who helps oversee her husband Moray's Dueck GM dealerships and still had time left over to be recently named chair of Special Olympics BC. 'We've got two grown kids who have no disabilities. So, it's nice as both a corporate organization and an individual to give back to the community.'"
  • Dedication and determination will serve SOBC snowshoers well | Snowshoe Magazine, Dec. 19, 2011
    "I didn’t even think about stopping. I just got back up and kept going." At the Special Olympics BC Winter Sport Championships last season, with just a few metres left to the finish line in her 100m race, snowshoer Katie Little took a heartbreaking fall that could have cost her the race. Although Coach Ron Aarstad acknowledges that it likely did cost her the gold medal, the Burnaby, BC, athlete went on to win a bronze in her division. Katie followed up with a silver in the 400m, helping her clinch a spot on Team BC for the upcoming Special Olympics Canada Winter Games being held in St. Albert, Alberta from February 28 to March 3, 2012."
  • Road hockey lights up festival | Vernon Morning Star, Dec. 23, 2011
    ...“My team has been looking forward to this event for weeks. To play outside against another well-trained team in front of the public amongst all those spectators, is a dream for most of my athletes and gives them the feeling of integration and accomplishment,” said Schwebbach.
  • GranFondo cycling event expected to draw 1,500 riders | Langley Times, Dec. 12, 2011
    "This July, the back roads of Langley will be jammed with traffic but not the vehicle kind. Thousands of cyclists will take to the pavement in a new premier cycling event that will wind through Langley and Abbotsford. The Prospera Valley GranFondo is the first mass cycling event of its kind in the Fraser Valley... Organized by not-for-profit association Canadian Velo Event Management Society and Prospera Credit Union, half of the proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics B.C. to provide sports programs for those with intellectual disabilities."
  • Teams forge a Special Olympic bond | Trail Daily News, Dec. 2, 2011
    "The battle of the birds was on, as the Beaver Valley Nitehawks took on the Special Olympics BC – Trail Road Runners’ floor hockey team on the hard court at the Fruitvale Elementary Gym Tuesday. The Nitehawks teamed up with the Special Olympics floor hockey squad early in October and have provided coaching and mentorship for the team of 11 athletes."
  • Cycling hordes descend on Fort | Langley Advance, Dec. 1, 2011
    "One of the biggest bike rides in the province will be hitting Langley next summer, organizers announced Wednesday. The Valley GranFondo will start and finish at the Fort Langley National Historic Site on Sunday, July 22, next year. ... It will also give back to the community. The non-profit society has arranged that 50 per cent of the net proceeds will go to Special Olympics BC."
  • Special Olympics swimmer achieves milestone | Prince George Citizen, Sept. 29, 2011
    "Brian Whitfield started swimming from Prince George to Vancouver three years ago. He completed that journey Wednesday night at the Prince George Aquatic Centre when he touched the touched the wall in the pool."
  • Local heading back to Special Olympics Canada Games | Alaska Highway News, Sept. 16, 2011 
    "For Special Olympics Team BC snowshoer Sheryl Jakubowski, all the running, biking, and walking while maintaining a proper diet have helped give her a chance to compete with the top athletes at 2012 Nationals in St. Albert, Alberta."
  • All invited to play ball | Langley Advance, Sept. 27, 2011
    SOBC – Langley athletes had a ball playing in the Game of Champions softball game with local RCMP members and media in the Langley Association for Community Living's Celebration in the Park.
  • Special Olympics changed his life | Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times, Sept. 20, 2011
    "There was a time, not long ago, when Jeramy Huskins was headed down a dark path. Since then, all roads lead to Special Olympics. 'It's changed my life,' he said. 'I've met new people with the same disabilities, we've learned to cope as a team, and it's a good atmosphere to be in. It keeps me out of trouble. It's a great place for people to do sports.'"
  • Special Olympics BC – Invermere secures funding for another year | Invermere Valley Echo, Sept. 6, 2011
    "The Special Olympics BC – Invermere chapter has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Province of B.C. to continue its athletic programs in the coming year."
  • The true meaning of sport | Vernon Morning Star, Aug. 26, 2011
    "The sports programs offered by Special Olympics in Vernon are growing, and so is the enthusiasm of their participants."
  • Special Olympics athletes get a little help from the pros | Kootenay News Advertiser, Aug. 22, 2011
    "Although competition is still months away, two athletes with the Special Olympics BC - Kimberley/Cranbrook contingent have begun their intense training phase. Erin Thom and Jonathan Robins are preparing for the alpine skiing events at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Jasper next February. They are getting assistance from Laurie Dickson, personal fitness trainer with Aspire2BFit."
  • Special Olympics athletes recognized for competitive focus | Vancouver Courier, Aug. 19, 2011
    "Special Olympics has come a long way since its start in British Columbia, but the general public has a skewed perception about the event, says Pam Sywulych, who launched the movement’s bocce program in Vancouver. 'People think, 'Oh, it's just the Special Olympics.' People think it doesn't matter,' Sywulych said. 'And it does matter.'"
  • The 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will be hosted in Vancouver! SOC announcement, Aug. 3, 2011
    Coverage: Vancouver Courier | Georgia Straight | Metro Vancouver
  • Rogers returns with two medals - Coast Reporter, July 29, 2011
    "Months of hard work — and many laps in the pool — paid off for Gibsons' Stephanie Rogers [SOBC – Sunshine Coast athlete] with a pair of medals from the Special Olympic World Games in Athens, Greece."
  • Delta officer has 'incredible' experience in Greece - Delta Optimist, July 27, 2011
    "While Special Olympics athletes, including one representing Delta, were getting ready to compete in the World Summer Games in Greece last month, one local police officer was running around that country raising awareness about the cause."
  • Back from Athens - South Delta Leader, July 21, 2011
    "Track and fielder Stacey Kohler and Delta Police Sgt. Debbie McLeod are back from the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, where one won a medal and the other participated in the torch relay."
  • Special Olympics team celebrates summer - 100 Mile House Free Press, July 20, 2011
    "Athletes, coaches and supporters of SOBC – 100 Mile House got together June 25 at Greeny Lake for their annual summer picnic."
  • Local athletes bring home medals from Athens - Nanaimo Daily News, July 16, 2011
    "A pair of Special Olympics athletes returned from Athens to Nanaimo this month with a handful of medals and ribbons."
  • Maclagan powers his way to a BC Open silver - Courier-Islander, July 15, 2011
    "Campbell River Special Olympics athlete Callum Maclagan continues to do well at powerlifting. Maclagan attended the BC Open Powerlifting Competition in Vancouver last month and came home with a impressive silver medal."
  • Kelowna Special Olympics athletes win silver with softball team - Kelowna Capital News, July 7, 2011
    "The Canadian Grizzlies softball team, with several Kelowna players on it, celebrated Canada Day in Athens, Greece after winning a silver medal at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games."
  • Special Olympics athletes celebrate another fantastic season - The Citizen, June 29, 2011
    "More than 100 athletes, volunteers and guests celebrated a terrific year as the Cowichan Valley branch of Special Olympics BC held its annual banquet at the Duncan Travelodge last month."
  • Local Special Olympics stars enter the summer season - Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 27, 2011
    "Enthusiastic and outgoing, Cowichan Lake has two excellent representatives in Special Olympics events, with [SOBC – Cowichan Valley athletes] Julie Black and Jenny Schofield."
  • Buffett lunch for Special Olympics athlete - Langley Times, June 23, 2011
    "Matt Williams, 19, is a former Times carrier, a graduate of Walnut Grove Secondary, and a prep cook at Montana’s. Warren Buffett, 80, is an investor from Omaha, Nebraska, a self-made billionaire, and he likes Dairy Queen because he owns it. So how did the two end up lunching in Buffett’s home town a couple of weeks ago?"
  • Their heavy lifting rewarded - Chilliwack Times, June 23, 2011
    SOBC – Chilliwack powerlifting athletes "muscled some serious hardware away from" the 2011 BC Provincial Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships
  • Awards honour top athletic achievers - Vernon Morning Star, June 22, 2011
    The amazing efforts of SOBC – Vernon volunteer John Topping were recognized as he won Vernon's Leadership in Sport award.
  • Softball duo set for Athens adventure - Vernon Morning Star, June 12, 2011
    Marcus Carberry and Robert Penning of SOBC – Vernon will take the pitch with the Kelowna Grizzlies softball team to play for Canada in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece
  • Victoria pair off to Special Olympics World Summer Games - Victoria Times Colonist, June 9, 2011
    SOBC – Victoria athletes Avodele Caesar and Drew Sabourin celebrated before heading to the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games
  • Port Coquitlam tournament a huge success - Coquitlam Now, June 9, 2011
    The Coquitlam Annual Softball Tournament had 15 teams and more than 250 athletes
  • Spall embraces Special Olympics golfers - Vernon Morning Star, June 1, 2011
    SOBC – Vernon supporters enthuse about the Local's golf program in advance of Vernon's Charity Golf Spectacular fundraiser to be held June 17 to 19, 2011
  • Bobbi Lin Legere earns achievement award - Smithers Interior News, May 24, 2011
    Longtime SOBC – Smithers athlete Bobbi Lin is celebrated at the year-end bowling program festivities
  • Disabilities don't alter an athlete's desire to compete - Kelowna Capital News, May 7, 2011
    "In Special Olympics there is beauty and passion and purity." SOBC – Kelowna athletes and coaches showcased in a fantastic feature that captures the power of Special Olympics
  • SOBC – 100 Mile House in the spotlight in the 100 Mile House Free Press, April 2011
    Athletes and volunteers are covered in action during the Safeway campaign for Special Olympicspreparing for the Gold Pan Invitational bowling tournament and renewing the rhythmic gymnastics program
  • Festival celebrates winter season - Vernon Morning Star, April 20, 2011
    SOBC – Vernon brings athletes into the mountains to try out cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating and tubing
  • Special Olympics BC – Nakusp promotes excellence among athletes - Arrow Lakes News, April 6, 2011
    Marilyn Boxwell of SOBC – Nakusp shares great news from this growing Local and info about Special Olympics
  • Special Olympics athletes shine at tournament - Castlegar News, March 30, 2011
    Special Olympics BC – Castlegar athletes recognized for their success in the Wilbert Ackerman Invitational Tournament
  • Tewksbury reconnects with 'human side' of sport - The Globe and Mail, March 29, 2011
    SOBC – Nanaimo track star Ray Lappalainen is quoted as the Globe covers Olympic gold medallist Mark Tewksbury's visit to a Team Canada 2011 training camp
  • Full court press - North Shore Outlook, March 23, 2011
    Checking out the March Madness Basketball Tournament hosted by SOBC – North Shore on March 19
  • Special Olympics athletes ski to medals - Vernon Morning Star, March 20, 2011
    Coverage of the results for SOBC – Vernon athletes at the 2011 SOBC Snow Sport Championships
  • Special Olympics athletes rack up the medals at provincial championships - Campbell River Mirror, March 16, 2011
    Coverage of the results for SOBC – Campbell River athletes at the 2011 SOBC Snow Sport Championships
  • Local Special Olympics athletes have a great time at Telemark - Kelowna Capital News, March 12, 2011
    Coverage of the performances by SOBC – Kelowna athletes at the 2011 SOBC Snow Sport Championships
  • SOBC – Campbell River's floor hockey team stepped into the spotlight in the Courier-Islander after winning a gold medal at the 2011 SOBC Floor Hockey Championship
  • The achievements of SOBC – Kelowna athletes in the 2011 SOBC Ice Sport and Floor Hockey Championships are recognized in the Kelowna Capital News.
  • Special Olympics athletes come away winners - Coquitlam Now, Feb. 16, 2011
    Coverage of the 2011 Special Olympics BC Ice Sport Championships
  • The 2011 Special Olympics BC Ice Sport Championships and SOBC – Coquitlam speed skater Rene Girard are featured in the Feb. 14, 2011, edition of Shaw TV's The Express (at 2:54)
  • Photo of SOBC figure skater Mohammed Bawa competing at the 2011 SOBC Ice Sport Championships in the Tri-City News, Feb. 15, 2011
  • Perry's Prospects with a busy figure skater - CTV, Feb. 10, 2011
    SOBC – Surrey athlete Krista Milne featured preparing for the 2011 SOBC Ice Sport Championships
  • Special Olympics winter sport champions come to Coquitlam - Coquitlam Now, Feb. 4, 2011
    SOBC – Vancouver figure skater Sheryl Spurr and coach Landis Warner are preparing for the 2011 Special Olympics BC Winter Sport Championships in the Feb. 2, 2011, edition of Shaw TV's The Express
  • Runner set for 'dream' event - Peace Arch News, Jan. 27, 2011
    SOBC – Delta athlete Stacey Kohler, who will be competing with Team Canada at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, shares her excitement
  • A dream come true for Kuester - Chilliwack Times, Jan. 21, 2011
    SOBC – Chilliwack swimmer Ryan Kuester gears up for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games
  • Basketball team shows well at local tourney - Coast Reporter, Jan. 21, 2011
    The basketball tournament hosted by SOBC – Sunshine Coast makes the news
  • "Volunteering" segment, Global TV BC Noon News Hour, Dec. 17, 2010
  • Special Olympics winter programs prove popular - Prince George Citizen, Dec. 2, 2010
  • Perry's Prospects with a Special Olympics athlete - CTV, Nov. 4, 2010
    Matthew Williams, an SOBC – Langley athlete and Sargent Shriver Global Messenger, featured on CTV
  • True Sports | Okanagan Life, January-February 2007
    "Okanagan athletes and coaches share their experiences with an organization that uses sport to open doors and break down barriers - Special Olympics."


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