Athletic Achievement Award

The Athletic Achievement Award is presented annually to a male or female athlete who has demonstrated outstanding athletic skill both in practice and competition.

This athlete works hard to develop their abilities and to excel in their sport(s). In addition to athletic ability, this athlete must act as a role model for other Special Olympics athletes.

2018 Athletic Achievement Award recipient: Michael Langridge

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Michael Langridge with SOBC – Victoria Local Coordinator Kendal Alston and Athlete Coordinator Kyle Eriksen. Photo by Bob Vander

Special Olympics BC – Victoria’s Michael Langridge is an accomplished athlete who is dedicated to elevating his performance and achieving new personal bests. A great teammate and an inspiring leader, Langridge is the winner of SOBC’s 2018 Athletic Achievement Award.

A versatile athlete, Langridge participates in alpine skiing, bocce, Club Fit, floor hockey, and soccer. Langridge takes part in alpine skiing through SOBC – Nanaimo, attending training sessions at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, which is about a three-hour drive from Victoria. A talented alpine skier, Langridge’s commitment to the sport has led to some spectacular results, including winning two gold medals at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

In all of his sports, Langridge works hard at practices so he can further develop his skills. He appreciates the direction he receives from his coaches and is often called upon to demonstrate drills and exercises in training sessions.

“Michael is never shy about asking for feedback or clarification for a drill, showing that he wants to comprehend what is being asked of him as best as he can,” his nominators wrote.

In bocce and floor hockey, Langridge serves as a mentor for other athletes, helping them build their skills and learn the sports’ rules. An asset to any team he is on, Langridge impressed his coaches with his strong play and leadership skills at this year’s Floor Hockey Regional Qualifier for Region 6 in Courtenay.

Congratulations, Michael, on your amazing accomplishments and thank you for being an inspiring role model!  

Special Olympics BC sincerely congratulates all of the other nominees for the 2018 Athletic Achievement Award:

  • Becki Allen, SOBC – Delta
  • Linda Careless, SOBC – Comox Valley
  • Sheryl Jakubowski, SOBC – Fort St. John
  • Nicholas LeBlanc, SOBC – Surrey
  • Dennis Lynch, SOBC – Nanaimo
  • Glenda Melnychuk, SOBC – Quesnel

Past Athletic Achievement Award Recipients: