Special Olympics continues to succeed

"Well, another exciting year in SOBC-Trail is coming to a close and what a year it has been."

Well, another exciting year in SOBC-Trail is coming to a close and what a year it has been. We have seen an increase in the number of athletes, traveled to all areas of the southern parts of B.C., sent a record number of athletes to Summer  Games and will do so again in 2015 for the Winter Games in Kamloops February.

This all cannot happen without having a stellar group of volunteers, parents, caregivers and coaches.

Our local community has embraced Special Olympics like never before. Joining our athletes in competition, in celebration and by supporting us through  our very successful sponsorship program.

As you may or may not know it takes an incredible amount of funding to provide safe, quality equipment as well as supporting our transportation to events. SOBC-Trail has traveled to Kelowna for swimming, Abbottsford for floor hockey, Cranbrook for bowling, Oliver for bocce, Kelowna again for alpine skiing and snowshoeing, Vancouver for floor hockey, Cranbrook for swimming, Nelson for bocce, Grand Forks for floor hockey, and our athletes continue to travel and train for this years’ upcoming national Summer Games this July in Vancouver July 7-12.

For this we say Thank You to all of the local businesses  and organizations that Support Special Olympics here in Trail. You truly have embraced the essence of Special Olympics.

The next group I would like to acknowledge  is our hard working, and progressive thinking local executive.

Countless of sometimes thankless hours of dedication go into running our group all while treating all of our athletes with dignity and respect. The smiles that have been put on our athletes’ faces is remarkable.

I can honestly say that we here in Trail have really raised the bar as far as athlete participation, community support and provincial profile.

Lastly I would like to say it has been an incredible experience having been the local coordinator this past year and  I can’t think of anything else that I would have rather been doing.

I wish all of you the best, and remember why you do what you do.

Putting smiles on faces.

Ben Postmus

SOBC-Trail Local Coordinator