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Orcas raise funds for Sechelt Aquatic Centre diving block

Summer is just round the corner and Special Olympics is heating up too.

Summer is just round the corner and Special Olympics is heating up too. Thank you to John Gleeson and the Coast Reporter for their support in helping us continue our mission to bring awareness of Special Olympics to fresh faces as well as loyal readers.

As you may have heard, the Sechelt Aquatic Centre is in need of new diving blocks. To help raise funds for one block, the Orca swim team and cohorts are banding together under the leadership of head swim coach Cathy Verge to hold a Swim-a-thon.

On Saturday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., two swimmers at a time will be in the pool for 30 minutes each – for a combined time of five hours. Even a small donation could help and if you can’t make a donation, you could still help to spread the word. Fans and friends of the Orcas can donate now at:

For reasons apparent, the Provincial Games that happen every four years will not take place as usual. Have no fear! While we can’t share the track or the court with each other, Special Olympics BC has initiated a virtual Provincial Challenge Games instead. This will allow athletes to be active, feel connected and celebrate their abilities. Opening ceremonies, torch relay, cauldron lighting as well as closing ceremonies, awards, dance parties and more will all be virtual.

Athletes can register with Allyson Pearson until May 14 and will receive a monthly Provincial Challenge Calendar full of wellness and physical activities they can complete to receive points that will be totalled for each Local and then by Region. Randy Younghusband will be our Local’s training group leader.

April 18-24 marked Volunteer Appreciation Week. From local coordinators to coaches and everyone in between, we are all so very, very grateful to all of you for everything you do. Special Olympics exists because of you.

Here on the Coast, we are always looking for new fresh volunteers, from coaches to assorted coordinators. Want a chance to bring a smile that will brighten your day or to find the real meaning behind the phrase Team Work? Sign up with Special Olympics today and change a life and change yours too.

Local activity start dates have not been set at the present time but are looking towards the fall. By signing up now with Marney Qually at you will have ample time to meet other volunteers and undertake any free training program that you might wish to take advantage of. No previous experience required, just a willingness to help.

Although COVID is still keeping us apart, let our shared goal bring us closer.