Misty Pagliaro

Special Olympics Team BC 2020 Alpine Skiing Coach
Misty Pagliaro

When and how did you get involved with Special Olympics?    

10 years ago when I was the ski school director for a little hill in the West Kootenays, I had a couple of ladies ask if they could "pick my brain" and I have been hooked ever since. 

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

In 2018 I had the pleasure to be part of the Team BC golf team for the National Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

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

I am very excited to be part of Team BC and go to my first National Winter Games. It is an honour to be a part of Special Olympics family.

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

I hope to help everyone achieve their goals and foster lifelong friendships. 

What is your favourite Special Olympics experience to date?

There is nothing better than to be able to see your athletes do what they love and love what they do! 

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

Competition is what all the hard work and effort is about. Whether you are competing against your friends or the clock or even yourself, it's about always striving to be the best you can be.

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

I am excited to see the athletes come together as a team and encourage each other in good times and bad.

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

I have learned so much about myself from the athletes. Being a part of this beautiful family is the most rewarding thing - you give but you get back so much more.