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Special Olympics Spotlight: Spring sports a blooming

Spring sports are starting in March!
A row of softball bats hang in the dugout.

I know many have been awaiting this news.  


All sports will run for 12 weeks with the exception of swimming. 

Here’s the breakdown so far. Some times and venues are yet to be confirmed. 

Mondays 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Soccer in Gibsons from April 4 to June 20. Head coach Richard Hoath. Sechelt athletes will travel to Gibsons. 

Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Softball in Sechelt from April 5 to June 21. Head coach Randy Younghusband. 

Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.: Swimming in Sechelt from March 16 to May 18. Head coach Cathy Verge.  

Thursdays 6 to 7 p.m.: Track and field from March 24 to June 23. Head coach Tania Finnigan. 

Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to noon: Bocce from April 2 to June 25. Head coach Judy MacDonald. 

To make certain you are registered ahead of time, contact Allyson Pearson

Special O is always looking for fresh faces. The executive would welcome a new volunteer and program coordinator. We are also looking for assistant coaches for bocce and softball. Please contact Pat Stuart

As spring sports bloom, the ever-popular curling comes to an end on March 19. Athletes and coaches will celebrate with their traditional crazy hat day. 

Unfortunately, the in-person Athlete Leadership Summit had to be rescheduled. However, Genny Verge will still be able to participate in the near future. 

The return of the Polar Plunge, sponsored by Prospera Credit Union, is the 2022 fundraiser for SOBC. This year it is even more than a fundraiser. It is a way for many SOBC athletes to interact, albeit not all together as pandemic restrictions have made this difficult. Fundraise within your community from March 5 to 20 and come up with cool and creative ideas for your plunge!  Share on social media and tag Special Olympics BC!  

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Special Olympic athletes have abilities in many areas other than their chosen sports and although February was Inclusion Month, we must keep top of mind that inclusion should happen every month of the year. Many athletes can become isolated if they lack employment opportunities through no fault of their own. We are grateful for those on the Sunshine Coast who embrace the abilities of people with disabilities. Choose to Include! 

On a more somber note, we honour the memory of Nancy Inglis. Executive secretary, Pat Stuart released this statement: Nancy was a much-appreciated, member of our Special Olympics Sunshine Coast local. She started as our executive secretary in September of 2015. She was always very eloquent and kept excellent records for the organization.   

She also volunteered as an assistant coach with the bocce program for a number of years. She was very supportive of the athletes and made everyone feel included. We will definitely miss her. 

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