Special Olympics BC – Richmond’s Stanley Chang has been a dedicated coach for over eight years, helping change the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities.
He is currently one of the speed skating coaches of the Special Olympics Team BC 2024 Training Squad. His son, Trevor, is also on the team as an athlete which makes the upcoming experience so special!
Special Olympics has played an inspirational part in Stanley’s life, as it gives him an opportunity for him to bond with Trevor through sport.
“My son is a bundle of energy and this has been a positive activity for him,” he says.
With the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Calgary 2024 being the first ever National Games for both Stanley and Trevor, Stanley is excited to embark on the journey to competition alongside fellow athletes and coaches.
His goal is to “help athletes compete at their highest level and learn from [his] coaching peers.”
Chang joins fellow #SOTeamBC2024 speed skating coaches Donna Bilous and Roselia Infanti who both also have children on the team as athletes! Participating in Special Olympics as a family means the world to parents like Bilous.
“It’s always really exciting to be engaged with your kids in a sport that we as coaches are passion about. It’s exciting to be a part of that and watch their growth and see them connect,” she says.
Chang and the rest of the speed skating team held a fun and productive training camp at Timberline Ranch in November, where it was an opportunity for everyone to build team chemistry amongst one another. Athletes participated in dryland training and team bonding activities, helping them in their preparation for competing on the national stage!
Let’s continue to send our biggest cheers to Chang and the rest of the SO Team BC 2024 Training Squad! We are so excited to see them represent B.C. and compete with pride in Calgary from February 27 to March 2.