On Sunday, Feb. 18, 11 members of the Orca swim team travelled to UBC’s updated aquatic facility for the first swim meet of 2018. With 13 teams from across the Lower Mainland as far away as Mission, Squamish and Chilliwack, all did a wondrous and incredible job truly performing at their utmost best.
The Orcas were proud to call first-time competitors Angus McTavish and Lisa Wortley teammates and fellow Orcas. Both swam hard and enjoyed the experience. Another new athlete to join our ranks is Georgia Randall. We look forward to seeing her shine in swimming and track.
On Feb. 17 the long-awaited Region 5 qualifier bonspiel took place at the Gibsons Curling Arena. Two teams from the Coast, the Penguins and the Polar Bears competed against the Panthers and the Dragons from Vancouver. Twenty athletes persevered through six 90-minute games. Penguins skipped by Bruce Stuart came in 1st and Dustin Archer skipped the Polar Bears to 2nd place. This event was the lead up to the Provincial Winter Games in Vernon, Feb. 21-23, 2019
This bonspiel would not have been possible without the help of all these people: Bill Climie, George Proudfoot and Dave Sandness; Josh Pollock, Craig Dixon and Stephen Leong from Vancouver; Pat Stuart and Grace Gardner; Peter Beynon and Kate Barrett, as well as Subway who helped with the food.
Our local basketball teams travelled to Coquitlam for their annual tourney. The Sechelt team was short two players but Gibsons, in the manner of true sportsmanship, lent some of their players so all could participate. Special thanks go out to the coaches who made it possible, Samantha Giampa and Laurie Miller for Gibsons, along with Marion West and Alec Robertson for Sechelt.
On March 13 at 6pm the annual Sunshine Coast Bears vs. RCMP floor hockey game will take place at Chatelech High School. The usual fanfare will ensue so be sure to come out and cheer on the Bears.
Athlete leadership continues to be a way that Special Olympics furthers our athletes’ aspirations. Athlete speakers, coaches and mentors have opportunities to gain and share skills that benefit them and their community. In the past year, both Christel Jensen and Micheal Oswald have spoken at different schools to spread the word of Special O, and athlete Derick Pye and coach Mike Gojevic will participate in a mentor-training program in April.
Teamwork. The essence of what we do.