Spirit of Sport Award

The Spirit of Sport Award is presented annually to a male or female Special Olympics BC athlete who exemplifies the true meaning of sportsmanship.

The Special Olympics Athlete's Oath states, 'Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.' This athlete lives by our athlete's oath and is an inspiration to fellow athletes and coaches. This athlete shows dedication, enthusiasm and always gives their best effort.


2021 Spirit of Sport Award winner: Vincent Li, SOBC – Richmond

Vincent Li with the Spirit of Sport Award

Special Olympics BC – Richmond athlete Vincent Li is an accomplished athlete in floor hockey, basketball, bowling, and bocce. He is also a hardworking and caring athlete leader, both in his Local and provincially on the SOBC Athlete Input Council. He is the deserving winner of the 2021 SOBC Spirit of Sport Award!

In addition to being a dedicated and passionate athlete, Li is exceptionally strong at connecting and motivating people. He leads both by example, always going above and beyond himself, and with his personal touch. He can always be counted on to contact fellow athletes to encourage them to get involved with different initiatives, and he supports them personally all the way. 

Li may first be noticed for his participation in four to five sports annually, but his is also known for his leadership among athletes. He is a role model for how athletes can step up and become more involved, and there is not a single initiative he does not go the extra mile on. He is an outstanding leader and role model at both the provincial and local levels, and is looked up to for his kindness and ability to speak up for others everywhere he goes.

Li is widely known and respected for his kindness, humour, and humility. He brings people together and forms strong relationships with and between them naturally.

Congratulations to Vincent, and to all the deserving 2021 nominees! Watch Vincent's conversation with legendary broadcaster Bernie Pascall in the Spirit of Sport Award segment from the 2021 SOBC Awards Ceremony:

Past Spirit of Sport Award recipients: