Steve Oliver

Steve Oliver
Special Olympics Team BC 2020 Mission Staff

When and how did you get involved with Special Olympics?    

I joined Special Olympics in 2015 as the Program Coordinator in Dawson Creek after being recruited by Tracy Heartt

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 second National Games. My first was the 2018 National Summer Games in Antigonish as mission staff for athletics.

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

It is an honour to part of the organizing team that will prepare our Team BC athletes for a successful and memorable sporting experience!

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

My goal is for our athletes to have a very positive and successful sporting and social experience! Making new friends and helping achieve personal bests make all the work that goes into organizing and planning worth the effort!

What is your favourite Special Olympics experience to date?

I have traveled the world playing volleyball, and I have to say the 2018 National Summer Games were one of my best sporting experiences ever! The athletes and coaches were all amazing, the city of Antigonish was awesome, and I had a ton of fun!

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

The life lessons learned from competing at a higher level of competition elevates an athlete to the next level, showing them and everyone around them that they are great and can achieve great things!

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

I want to see that all of our athletes have prepared themselves to compete at their best when it counts! You cannot do better than your personal best, and if the athletes can elevate their performances when it matters, Team BC will see amazing results!

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

I would say forget anything you have heard about Special Olympics and volunteer some time with our athletes and see for yourself!