Special Olympics curling programs are offered at selected clubs based on athlete interest in the community: Nakusp, Kamloops, Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna, Princeton, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Surrey, Ridge Meadows, Abbotsford, Langley, Richmond, Burnaby, Delta, Vancouver, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Port Alberni, Victoria, Comox Valley, Nanaimo, Oceanside, Powell River, Terrace, Smithers, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Burns Lake, Prince George, Quesnel
Since 1980, Special Olympics BC (SOBC), a registered charitable organization, has provided high-quality sports programs and competitions to meet the needs and interests of individuals with intellectual disabilities, enriching lives, and celebrating personal achievement through positive sport experiences.
Today, over 3,500 athletes participate in Special Olympics BC sports programs in 54 communities across British Columbia. Special Olympics BC offers year-round programs in eighteen sports-including curling-as well as local, provincial, national, and international competitive opportunities. These sport opportunities provide athletes with far more than the physical benefits of improved health and athletic ability. The participation in sport provides opportunities for athletes to develop social skills, cultivate friendships, strive for and achieve goals, and increase their self-esteem-enabling athletes to win in sport, and in life.
Here is an excerpt from the BC Special Olympics web site at www.specialolympics.bc.ca.
“For individuals with intellectual disabilities, BC Special Olympics offers life-enriching opportunities to:
- Train in high-quality sports programs with certified coaches.
- Exercise regularly and improve their health, motor skills and coordination.
- Learn about teamwork and sportsmanship.
- Set athletic and personal goals.
- Increase confidence and self esteem.
- Meet new friends in a fun environment.
- Compete and travel.
BC Special Olympics welcomes athletes from a wide range of ages, backgrounds, interests and levels of ability, and provides a range of opportunities that are suitable to diverse needs. BC Special Olympics athletes may choose to train year-round in one or several of the 14 sports offered. You may choose to participate in BCSO recreationally, or aim to compete at regional, provincial, national or world competitions. “
BC Special Olympics offers coaching opportunities in 14 sports – 7 summer and 7 winter, including curling. For more information, contact BC Special Olympics or your local curling club.
Click here to visit the online Special Olympics Curling Manual.
Contact Information: Special Olympics BC
#210-3701 East Hastings
Burnaby, BC V5C 2H6
Direct Line: 604-737-3078