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Special O Spotlight: All is not doom and gloom

Curling continues, as do some special birthdays
Competing teams curling rocks meeting near the center of an end.
Curling has resumed at the Gibsons Curling Rink.

The weather outside’s been frightful! And the news is not all delightful.

(Admit it, you sang that whole thing!)

With the uptick in COVID-19 cases and the arrival of the Omicron variant, the return to sports has once again suffered setbacks. Swimming has once again been delayed.

Basketball was also halted.

Curling even missed a week because of road conditions (all that snow!!)

‘Tis not all doom and gloom, though. Buck up, Coasters!

Swimming will resume in March.

Basketball will operate when Gibsons Elementary reopens.

Curling has now resumed Saturdays at the Gibsons Curling Rink.

Pat Stuart sends out a big thank you to curling club members and former volunteers who have returned to lend a hand, Jeanne Hage and Barbara Bell.

In other curling news, former curling coach Bill Climie celebrated a special event on Jan. 13. Happy 85th birthday, Bill. Bill’s contributions to Special Olympics curling on the Sunshine Coast were invaluable. Many of your former athletes wish they could be celebrating with Bill at a bonspiel in Abbotsford.

The Special O swimmers have a birthday to celebrate as well – unfortunately not at poolside this year. Long time volunteer swim coach Gary Rogers will be turning 80. Happy Birthday Gary, from all of the swimmers you have encouraged over the years.

SOSC also sends out a huge thanks to Sunshine Coast Self-Storage for donating the cost of our storage locker for the year! Having a safe dry, place to store all the equipment our athletes need between seasons is vital. We deeply appreciate the contribution.

Last month, Healthy Athletes Screening, (which hasn’t happened since 2019!) took place at Douglas College on Dec. 5, 2021. Forty-five athletes participated in health promotion, healthy hearing and special smiles with the support of 37 volunteers including students from the UBC and University of Victoria schools of audiology as well as the UBC pre-dental society. The efforts and professionalism of all the volunteers, clinical directors and SOBC provincial partners helped make the day a success.

Remember, we are in this together. One for all and all for one!

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