Vernon welcomed over 800 athletes in February to the Special Olympics Winter Games in BC. It sounds like this was a great event and everyone in attendance - athletes and volunteers - enjoyed the event and look at it as a big success for the Special Olympics.
The chairperson of the organizing committee for the Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games, Glenn Benischek, was overjoyed with the event. Benischek said that the event was "a highlight of my life, something I’ll never forget. Just seeing the appreciation and having the athletes come up to me individually, sharing their experiences and how exciting this event was for them in their lives.”
More than 800 athletes, coaches and mission staff converged on the North Okanagan for the largest Winter Games in Special Olympics B.C. history. Athletes competed in front of large crowds in five-pin bowling, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing and speed skating. The competitors qualified to advance to the 2019 Provincial Games by competing in regional qualifiers in 2018. They come to the Games with their regional teams representing the eight sport regions of B.C. and the Yukon.