SOBC Athlete Reporters look ahead to 2021

SOBC Athlete Reporter Miranda Orth
SOBC Athlete Reporter Miranda Orth of Nanaimo.

With a brand-new year upon us, several intrepid Special Olympics BC Athlete Reporters took the time to look ahead and share their goals for 2021!

SOBC Athlete Reporters have completed training on storytelling, technology use, and social media in order to help share Special Olympics voices and stories. This SOBC Athlete Leadership course was created in 2018 by SOBC – Victoria volunteers and professional journalists Andrea Boyes and Tess van Straaten. 

The participants in the first Virtual Athlete Reporter Training in December 2020 were asked to share:

What are your goals for 2021?

Miranda Orth, SOBC – Nanaimo:

“My goals for 2021 are to participate in Special Olympics sports in Nanaimo, join advocacy inclusion groups, as well as search for a job with the resources I have, like my Community Living BC facilitator and a WorkBC worker.  

“In general, when the pandemic is over, I want to be busy outside the house getting to know my new town of Nanaimo by using transit.”

Roy Stephens, SOBC – Kelowna:

Athlete Reporter Roy Stephens on his goals for 2021

Hear from Kendall Salanski, SOBC – Kimberley/Cranbrook; Erin Thom, SOBC – Kimberley/Cranbrook; David Johnston, SOBC – Dawson Creek; and Kerri Lipsack, SOBC – Oceanside:

Stay tuned for more from province-wide Athlete Reporters! Thanks to all for their efforts!

About SOBC Athlete Leadership programs

Special Olympics Athlete Leadership programs offer training to help athletes succeed and inspire through leadership and speaking roles inside and outside the movement. These programs are proven to have a lasting benefit to participants by increasing confidence and self-esteem, and a lasting benefit to Special Olympics as these athlete leaders provide invaluable feedback and insights.

“Athlete Leadership is life changing. It can change the way you see things, and how you communicate with others, to have the courage to stand for others and be on the front lines. It creates leaders.” 
–Nyasha Derera, Chair, Special Olympics Global Athlete Congress

If you have questions or feedback about SOBC Athlete Leadership, please contact SOBC Community Development Coordinator Chelsea Rogers at 604-802-4226 or