Thousands of Special Olympics BC athletes, volunteers, and sponsors help to inspire greatness within our organization and within our community. Special Olympics BC is honoured to recognize the exceptional contributions and achievements of SOBC athletes, volunteers, and sponsors through our six annual awards! 


Meet the 2023 nominees


Meet 2022 Athletic Achievement Award winner Francis Stanley

Meet 2022 Grassroots Coach Award winner Vince Astoria

Meet 2022 Howard Carter Award winner Annabel Stanley

Meet 2022 President's Award winner Paddi Robinson

Meet 2022 Spirit of Sport Award winner Chris Harrington

Meet 2022 BC LETR Award winner Lisa Bruschetta


2022 SOBC Awards Ceremony

Watch the ceremony hosted by legendary broadcaster and Special Olympics champion Bernie Pascall, in celebration of the inspiring nominees and deserving winners!


Awards background

  1. All registered individuals of Special Olympics BC have the ability to nominate an individual for the President's Award, Howard Carter Award, Spirit of Sport Award, Grassroots Coach Award and/or Athletic Achievement Award.

    Note: All nominations must be endorsed by the Local before they are submitted to Provincial Office. In instances where the Local Coordinator is nominated, the Regional Coordinator and/or other executive members can endorse the application.
  2. Special Olympics BC will only require two contact names (including name, phone number and e-mail address) to be written at the end of the nomination form in the space provided. These individuals will then be contacted by the Awards selection committee for further information on the shortlisted candidates.
  3. All awards submitted will be held over for one additional year, if requested by the nominator.


If you have any questions about SOBC awards, please contact SOBC's Leanne Kelly by email or by phone at 778-581-0511.


2022 Special Olympics Canada Awards

Huge congratulations to Special Olympics BC – Kelowna's Francis Stanley, deserving winner of the 2022 Special Olympics Canada Athlete of the Year award!

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Past SOBC award winners and nominees: