SOBC Sports consultant, Jacques Thibault talked with coaches about his new book, “Changing Expectations in Special Olympics”. It discusses the importance of learning the basics first and challenging athletes to be their best.
World’s swimmer Genny Verge traveled to a training camp in Caledon, Ontario where she worked with coaches and trainers on fitness, nutrition and proficiency in the water! Genny’s favourite memory is “seeing everyone bond as a team.”
Executive members Pat Stuart and Katie Borowski attended a Conference in Richmond for the 50th Anniversary of SOBC. They will be sharing what they learned with the Local about athletes’ views on Special O; how to improve their health, performance and leadership skills; sports development and something close to my heart, anti-bullying.
Douglas College Women’s Basketball team held their 5th annual skills camp at the Roberts Creek Elementary gym. Sechelt and Gibsons players participated in warm ups, drills and scrimmages. Gibsons coach Samantha Mills said it was “fun & informative”. She also said this was the first year for many of the Douglas College players but they brought much enthusiasm and some new ideas for drills that the coaches can use with their teams. SOSC greatly appreciates the ongoing support from these fantastic athletes.
The Orcas’ return to the pool has been slow and steady with new and seasoned swimmers getting back to basics. The first Fun Meet of this non-qualifying year will happen on December 10th at the Sechelt Aquatic Centre.
One largely unnoticed group is our dedicated volunteer Executive: Pat Stuart Local Coordinator; Helene Johnston, Treasurer; Nancy Inglis, Secretary, Katie Borowski, Program Coordinator; Allyson Pearson, Registration Coordinator; Kim Fenton, Volunteer Coordinator; & Helen Halet, PR Coordinator. These talented, organized individuals make sure all the i’s are dotted, the t’s crossed and keep everything running behind the scenes. Our ‘senior’ officials are always on the lookout for fresh faces to help carry the torch. Volunteers of all sorts in all areas of the organization are welcome. Whether you enjoy a particular sport and wish to help out once or twice a week or have your sights set on an executive role, contact Pat Stuart at 604 886-2098 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you all!
Over the next few months I hope to visit all the sports venues to bring you the stories behind the story. You can also check out our website www.specialolympicssunshinecoast.ca to find out when an event or practice is happening. Thanks to dedicated coach/volunteer, Richard Hoath who regularly posts updates. Come out and support us!