Locals off to Special Olympics Canada Summer Games
Team B.C. members ready to give their all in Antigonish
Running from July 31 to August 4, this event will see Special Olympics athletes from across Canada compete in athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball, and swimming.
In Antigonish, Team BC will be made up of 174 athletes with intellectual disabilities, 54 coaches, and 16 mission staff members, representing 38 communities across British Columbia. Team BC members qualified for the provincial squad through their performances at the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games in Kamloops.
Two local athletes and their coaches are on that team. Golf: athlete Erin Thom and coach Misty Pagliaro and swimming: athlete Kendall Salanski and coach Penny Coyle.
“Team BC athletes have been working very hard and we are excited to see them shine at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games,” said Leslie Thornley, Team BC 2018 Chef de Mission.
“They have been training with their local programs, working with sport-specific experts, and focusing on nutrition so they can be at their best for National Games. We know they will do B.C. proud with their abilities and sportsmanship.”
Special Olympics competitions operate on a four-year cycle for both summer and winter sports. Athletes compete in regional events and then Provincial Games to advance to National Games, and Special Olympics Canada Games are the qualifiers for Special Olympics World Games. In Antigonish, athletes will compete for the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.
Team BC 5- and 10-pin bowlers competed at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships in Prince Edward Island, which took place May 15 to 19. The bowlers delivered excellent results, earning 31 medals and achieving many personal bests.
Special Olympics BC is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport. In 55 communities around the province, we provide year-round training and competitive opportunities in 18 different sports to more than 4,800 athletes of all ages and a wide range of abilities, thanks to the dedicated efforts of over 3,900 volunteers. For more information, please visit www.specialolympics.bc.ca and find us on Facebook and Instagram @specialolympicsbc and Twitter @sobcsociety.
Team BC 2018 results, roster, photos, and videos: www.soteambc2018.ca
Lead image: Left to right – Misty Pagliaro, Erin Thom, Penny Coyle and Kendall Salanski. Photos submitted