Tuesday July 11, 2017
I'm a Champion!
Fifty athletes from BC and Yukon turn on the afterburners Kamloops
Megan Pollcolk, SOBC
2013 Track and Field
early 1,200 individuals with intellectual disabilities gave their all in 11 sports and inspired everyone watching at the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games, held in Kamloops July 6 to 8. These were SOBC’s largest Provincial Games to date and a thrilling display of the true power and joy of sport.
After earning their spots in the
2017 SOBC Games through 2016 Regional Qualifiers, the competitors from more
than 50 communities throughout B.C. and the Yukon trained hard with their
year-round Special Olympics programs in their hometowns to be ready to be at
their best in Kamloops. They delivered outstanding performances in Canada’s
Tournament Capital, showing their abilities and determination, and helping
change the way the world sees individuals with intellectual disabilities.
2013 Power lifters.
“We’re so grateful to Kamloops and
the 2017 SOBC Games Organizing Committee for creating a truly outstanding
experience for our athletes,” SOBC Vice President, Sport, Lois McNary said.
“We know Kamloops volunteers are called upon frequently for events, but they
truly rose to the occasion in support of Special Olympics and made our 2017
Provincial Games so empowering and exciting for all involved.”
• City of Kamloops, School District #73, and Sobeys Better Food Fund
TD Bank Group, BC Games Society, Kamloops • • Sports Legacy Fund, RBC Dominion Securities and Royal Bank of Canada, and Sun Life Financial
• BCLC, Interior Savings Insurance Services Inc., and New Gold – New Afton Mine
• Binnie Consulting, Domtar – Kamloops, Horizon North, KGHM Ajax Mining Inc., and Teck
• Broadcast Centre, Kamloops This Week, and NL Broadcasting
• Canuel Caterers
Friends of the Games:
• Aqua Pure Premium Water,
BC Tree Fruits, Blackwell Diary, Cascades Casino, Lee’s Music, Omega LTD,
Rogers Rental, Smith Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd., SunRype
In 57 communities around the province, we provide year-round training and competitive opportunities in 18 different sports to more than 4,600 athletes of all ages and abilities, thanks to the dedicated efforts of over 3,900 volunteers. For more information, please visit www.specialolympics.bc.ca. Find us on Facebook and Instagram @specialolympicsbc, Twitter @sobcsociety, and the Games hashtags #SOBCGames #Kamloops2017.