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Special O wraps for the summer

As programs came to a close for the summer, Special O wrapped up the sports season with a bang. Our AGM was held in the Gibsons Elementary library.
The Ravens and SCACL softball teams faced off in their third annual showdown.

As programs came to a close for the summer, Special O wrapped up the sports season with a bang. 

Our AGM was held in the Gibsons Elementary library. After each member of the executive gave their final reports, the nomination and election of officers for the coming year closed out the meeting. The executive members for 2024/25 are: local coordinator–Randy Younghusband; program coordinator–Gavin Weiner; volunteer coordinator–position open; treasurer–Helene Johnston; registration coordinator–Allyson Pearson; public relations coordinator Helen Halet; secretary–Pat Stuart. 

As you can see, we would be happy to have a fresh face undertake the position of volunteer coordinator. 

Beforehand, soccer athletes had a pleasant closing game and all were treated to goodies. As Pat Stuart reported: “Beautiful evening for soccer and special thank you to head coach Richard Hoath and assistants Jessica and Blake Simpson and athlete mentor Derick Pye. Great ending to the soccer season with pizza and treats provided by Josh’s parents–Joanne and Carson Stanley.” 

The Ravens ended their season by facing off against Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living (SCACL) for the third annual showdown to wind up softball for the summer. Lots of terrific plays were made by both sides, with a shot from some new blood. SCACL had two new players on their team, Taylor and Richard. Both of them showed significant skill especially as first-time softball players. Ravens assistant coach Laurie and athletes Bryan Ware and Derick Pye helped filled out the SCACL roster. 

The Ravens definitely gave SCACL a run for their money, however, with no athlete shying away from the batting, running or catching they showed that the season’s teachings from head coach Randy Younghusband were deeply ingrained into their memory. 

One touching moment was when new athlete Sophie Pearce hit the ball after missing it a couple of times. The pitcher and everyone showed grace and kindness and reminded everyone watching of the true spirit of Special Olympics. Sophie started with Challenger Baseball for four-five years before discovering Special Olympics. She seems eager to continue playing and will be looking for more sports to participate in, in the fall. Welcome to the team Sophie! We look forward to seeing continued success from you in the future! 

Bocce players had their season closer at the lower Elphinstone field. Everybody took part, athletes, coaches and volunteers. Afterwards, snacks were given out thanks to Amanda Boghean. Assistant coach Laurie, in addition to her time with softball, has also been helping out at bocce. She credits finding her way to volunteering with Special Olympics through bocce head coach Judy MacDonald. 

Unfortunately, weather caused the track team to miss out on their final practice. I can tell you though that all participants this season gave it their all, especially Jonas Leslie, a lightning-fast runner with a bright smile. 

Golf had fun with their final putts, celebrating a successful season with pizza in the clubhouse donated by head coach Chuck Bertrand. 

Good luck and best wishes to swimmers Hailie Borowski and Lindsay Pearson who will be attending the BC Summer Games in Maple Ridge July 17 to 22. You’ll definitely make us proud! 

In closing, a huge thanks goes out to the District of Sechelt and the SCRD for the grants awarded to our local. These funds help sustain our programs in many ways, including the costs of venue rentals and gear for our athletes. 

Hope everybody has a dynamic summer and comes to registration in September with stories and smiles!