Special Olympics - Vernon soccer players Vernon Doncaster and Ashley Phillips look forward to another season.

Special Olympics - Vernon soccer players Vernon Doncaster and Ashley Phillips look forward to another season.

Local athletes bring home medals

Special Olympics Vernon gets ready for a new season and both athletes and volunteers are invited to registration night on Aug. 26

The 2013 Special Olympics B.C. (SOBC) Summer Games in Langley July 11 to 13 had more than 1,100 B.C. and Yukon athletes competing in 11 sports and were a remarkable demonstration of true sportsmanship, dedication, and joy.

SOBC-Vernon had eight athletes participating in three different sports, bringing home a total of 18 medals.

“Our athletes worked hard throughout the training season and demonstrated a strong will to learn and grow,” said Sheryl Friesen, track and field head coach. “The games were a tremendous success on all fronts; our athletes brought home three gold, one bronze medal in track and field, eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals in aquatics and in one in silver in powerlifting.”

While Special Olympics Games are about sport, achievement and pride, they are also about friendship, connections, acceptance, and sportsmanship.

“It was inspiring to see how the athletes congratulated each other and that not the medal counted but the participation — everyone can learn from this,” said Friesen.

Special Olympics BC-Vernon provides 14 high-quality sports program for individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities, from September until July, and is always looking for more participants, and volunteers to run their programs.

For more information please go to: www.sobcvernon.ca

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The sports programs offered by Special Olympics here in Vernon are starting a new season and the more than 100 participants are ready to go.

“There is a sport for everyone, from the popular bowling and soccer, to powerlifting and skiing. All of our athletes love to win at competitions but they are also proud of their accomplishments and skills,” says Noelle Typusiak a member of the SOBC-Vernon board. “When they see themselves improving it builds their self esteem, which reflects into their social life with family and friends. The impact is amazing, I 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.

“We are always trying to extend our programs for our 100+ athletes and the goal is to keep them physically active every day throughout the year,” said program coordinator Heidi Borgeaud. “We added a high intensity training session in our popular Club Fit Program for those athletes that need an extra challenging workout for their winter or summer sport.”

SOBC-Vernon is always looking for new athletes to join them, with a great selection of sports for children, youth and adults of all ages. The upcoming registration night will be a social event for all athletes before the fall training starts.

Registration night for the 14 winter and summer sports will take place Aug. 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dorothy Alexander Centre. Refreshments and snacks will be served and the coaches are available with information about their sport. Those who are interested to volunteer as a coach or in other positions for the charity are welcome to attend.

For more information, see www.sobcvernon.ca or call 250-306-8954.