SOBC-Vernon’s athlete Carol Lincoln during a curling training session at the Vernon Curling Club. New athletes are always welcome.

SOBC-Vernon’s athlete Carol Lincoln during a curling training session at the Vernon Curling Club. New athletes are always welcome.

It’s been 30 years of achievement

Special Olympics BC-Vernon welcomes new athletes to check out the many different sports offered by dropping into registration night Aug. 25

Since 1984, Special Olympics BC has been providing sports programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Vernon.

“Over the years we have developed a sport program for all ages and abilities. We provide 14 sports to over 120 athletes,” said Noelle Typusiak, a member of the SOBC-Vernon board. “There is something for everyone, from the popular bowling and soccer to powerlifting and skiing.

“It’s all possible because of the incredible commitment of our volunteers who coach and manage our charity,  and generous financial support from the community.”

A special celebration will take place during registration night and this event is always highly anticipated by all athletes.

“Those events give them a sense of belonging and pride to represent a well-known sports organization,” said Doris Linemayr, local coordinator for SOBC-Vernon. “During our training sessions and in competitions they build up their self esteem which reflects into their social life with family and friends. The impact is amazing, we see it every day.”

Special Olympics BC Vernon provides high-quality sports program for individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities. The society strives to enrich lives, and celebrates personal achievement through positive sport experiences.

The Vernon local is always looking for new athletes to join their program, with a great selection of sports for children, youth and adults of all ages.

This year’s celebration includes a dance and takes place during registration night Aug. 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the People Place, 3402-27th Ave. Refreshments will be served and coaches will be available with information about their sport. Those who are interested in volunteering as a coach or in other positions for the charity are invited to attend.

For more information visit the website, www.sobcvernon.ca or call 250-306-8954.