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Orcas fundraising

  The Orcas Swim Team is planning be part of the effort to raise funds to replace the diving blocks in the Sechelt Pool. The Orcas will be seeking your support for our first ever Swimathon with the goal to “Adopt A Block.” This COVID-safe event, under the guidance of Head Swim Coach Cathy Verge, ... Read More »

Special O keeps ‘marching on’

As this month’s namesake states, Special O keeps ‘marching’ on. Last week, Special Olympics athletes were treated to a heartwarming webinar with Olympic gold medalist and Canadian Commonwealth record-holding swimmer Brent Hayden. His presentation was chock full of both accomplishment and humility as he walked us through his early challenges in sports to realizing his ... Read More »

Explore an ancient mountaintop forest in Skwxwú7mesh

Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) territories on the Sunshine Coast in a short film called Ancient Wonders of the Dakota Bear Sanctuary. The film is a collaborative effort between Trent Maynard, Squamish elder Dennis Joseph, bear biologist Wayne McCrory, UBC professor Dr. Nina Hewitt, and local nonprofits Elphinstone Logging Focus, The Only Animal and the Living Forest ... Read More »

Opportunities for virtual events still exist everywhere

COVID-19 is still very real, and province-wide restrictions have been extended. Getting back to the old normal seems an eternity away. SOBCs many guidelines are being met in different ways across the province, but here on the Coast, in-person programs are on hold. However, many opportunities for virtual events still exist everywhere. Coach Richard Hoath ... Read More »

Looking Back

A new year is upon us! This month we will take a brief look back at some 2020 Special O. Despite a global pandemic that strangled the world (and continues to do so), Special Olympics was far from defeated. Although our specific Local was only active until the shut down began, we are ready to ... Read More »

Special Olympics keeps on ringing on despite the challenges

Can you hear what I hear? Special Olympics keeps on ringing on despite the challenges. The Athlete’s Oath still rings true, especially now. We are being brave in our attempts to stay healthy, kind and safe. We are letting ourselves win by doing so. After consultation with community members and provincial experts, SOBC has approved ... Read More »

Update: Regional hockey/figure skating

The Local would like to clarify our Nov. 11 article on the Provincial Health Authority’s regional order for our area (and others) and its impact on local ice-based recreation. According to Kate Turner, registrar for both the figure skating and minor hockey associations on the Coast, “The Public Health Order, issued on Nov. 7, suspended ... Read More »

Encouraging active school transportation

Eighteen percent of School District 46 students travel to school on foot, according to a 2020 District survey. The Langdale Elementary Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) would like that number increased for its school and others. On Oct. 29, the Langdale-based PAC hosted an online discussion to look at encouraging active transportation to school to develop ... Read More »

40 years of Special Olympics in BC

Hello again, sports fans! I hope you had a fun All Hallows Eve. From the SOBC newsletter came this notice: “November 2020 marks 40 years of Special Olympics in BC…a time to celebrate SOBCs incredible people and the power of this life-changing movement in our province! Join us on Nov. 24 for a virtual dance ... Read More »

Tour de Coast

Constable Shelby Wood and Constable Jihan McDougall, in front of the Sunshine Coast RCMP detachment in Sechelt, about to begin their ride for this year’s Tour de Coast. Starting Sept. 21, it was five days of riding, 250 kilometres total from Earls Cove to Fort Langley with many stops in between. The constables wanted to ... Read More »

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