Sunday, June 22, 2014
'Ready to Roar'
of BC athletes to compete at BC Special Olympics Games July 8-12
Released by Megan-Gittanni, Special
Olympics BC/Voice file photo
PRTC staff and Special Olympian Betty Colk take part in the 2012 Law
Enforcement Torch Run.
the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games set to return to British Columbia
this year for the first time since 1990, the 360 members of Special Olympics
BC’s biggest provincial team ever are ready to shine on this significant
Team BC 2014 is comprised of 276 athletes with intellectual disabilities, 70
coaches, and 14 mission staff from 39 communities around the province. At
the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games in Vancouver July 8 to 12, the
SOBC athletes will go for gold in 11 sports: 10-pin bowling, 5-pin bowling,
aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic
gymnastics, soccer, and softball.
“The Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games are the first National Games
to be held in B.C. since 1990, and our athletes are going to be ready to
dominate on home soil,” said Shawn Fevens, Team BC Chef de Mission. “Team BC
has a dedicated and talented group of athletes and coaches who have been
working hard for three years to reach this level. I know their abilities and
their sportsmanship will inspire everyone watching and will show what is so
amazing about Special Olympics sport.”
qualifying for their spots on Team BC 2014 through their performances at the
2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games in Langley, the provincial team
athletes and coaches have been hard at work with the team training program
to help them be at their best at the National Games. The athletes have been
putting in a lot of time and effort in their home communities both on and
off their fields of play, logging hours of training in their sports as well
as taking on dry-land training, improving their physical fitness, and
stepping up their nutrition.
Team BC athletes and coaches have benefited from significant support from
the world-class Allinger Consulting International team – authors of the Own
the Podium program – as well as coaches and trainers from the University of
British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, provincial sport organizations,
mental performance consultants, and other expert organizations. For the
first time, Team BC is also using elite sport science, technology, and
tracking tools to help our athletes and coaches be at their very best when
it comes time to compete at the 2014 Games venues at the UBC Vancouver
campus, the University Golf Club, and The Zone Bowling Centre in Richmond.
Special Olympics competitions operate on a four-year cycle for both summer
and winter sports. Athletes compete in regional events and then Provincial
Games to advance to National Games, and Special Olympics Canada Games are
the qualifiers for Special Olympics World Games. In Vancouver, athletes will
be competing for the opportunity to advance to the 2015 Special Olympics
World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Through these competitions and training,
Special Olympics athletes empower themselves and inspire everyone around
them as they set and achieve goals, build pride and confidence with their
achievements, and forge valued friendships.
The Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games will see 1,700 Special
Olympics athletes, coaches, and mission staff members from across the
country come together to compete in Vancouver, creating an outstanding
display of sport and sportsmanship in 11 sports, including three making
their debut at the National Games level: basketball, bocce, and golf.
Team BC roster, stories, photos, and resources:
About Special Olympics BC
Special Olympics BC is dedicated to providing individuals with intellectual
disabilities opportunities to enrich their lives and celebrate personal
achievement through positive sport experiences. In 57 communities around the
province, we provide year-round training and competitive opportunities in 18
different sports to more than 4,300 athletes of all ages and abilities,
thanks to the dedicated efforts of over 3,300 volunteers. For more
information, please visit
www.specialolympics.bc.ca. Find us on Facebook and Twitter:
www.facebook.com/specialolympicsbc | @sobcsociety.
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