Fruitvale’s Ben Postmus will join golf coach Nicola McGovern and mission staff Mike McArthur at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Fruitvale’s Ben Postmus will join golf coach Nicola McGovern and mission staff Mike McArthur at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Fruitvale man off to World Special Olympics

“’s larger than the Pan Am Games; 7,000 athletes, 3000 coaches, and 177 countries.” - Special Olympics coach and organizer Ben Postmus

Special Olympic coach and organizer, Ben Postmus, will be part of the the largest sporting event in the world in 2015, when he joins Team Canada at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles next week.

Postmus, the coach of the Special Olympic’s golf team, will hook up with Team Canada on Monday in Vancouver and, after a lively send-off, will leave for L.A. Tuesday morning.

“This is huge,” said Postmus. “This is actually the largest event in the world this year, 2015, it’s larger than the Pan Am Games; 7,000 athletes, 3000 coaches, and 177 countries.”

The Games officially open July 25 and go until Aug. 2 and will feature 26 sports, 30,000 volunteers and have about half-a-million spectators attend the Games held throughout Los Angeles.

For Postmus, the sheer scope of the event is almost mind-boggling, and when asked what he anticipates his highlight to be, he replies: “Every minute. The next minute is going to be better than the last, it just keeps building and building, I don’t think it’s ever going to stop growing.”

Team Canada will send a contingent of 32 coaches and 115 athletes, with Postmus and Nicola McGovern of Ontario coaching the golf team, which consists of Kelowna’s Kyle Grummet, Dan Peaslee from Manitoba, and Tess Trojan, Lorrine Russell, and Kyle Koopman from Ontario.

“We have some really good golfers that have been training super hard with their training coaches and PGA Pros in their respective towns.” said Postmus.

“Our top two guys are really good golfers and although we are going there to have fun and have a great experience, we are training them to win.”

Special Olympics Canada was serious going into the Games and provided training camps for athletes as part of the National Team Program, a formalized approach to training and preparation for Special Olympics World Games. Athletes, coaches and mission staff enjoyed access to quality training, coaching and competitive opportunities to support optimal performance as well as a positive experience as a member of the National Team.

“It’s really mind-boggling once you think about it, you go from Champion Lake Golf Course to California with golfers from all over the world.”

While Postmus is no stranger to Special Olympic BC events, the World Games experience is unparallelled and something he intends to savour.

“It’s going to be really cool seeing all these different cultures, and all these people from different cultures, and how they handle their sports specific, their training, their strategies and things like that.”

The golf competition goes over four days from July 27 to 31, so the Teck employee will have a few days to attend other events, and considers it a rare educational opportunity, that he can bring something special back to SOBC-Trail.

“I hope that we inspire athletes to take the training on, to take the committment on, to go to that level,” said Postmus. “We (SOBC-Trail) have some that are really close, they are on the cusp, they just have to put that extra little bit into training and more competitions, and you’ll be talking to them next go around.”

Just Posted

Photo: Trail Times
Trail RCMP start June by nabbing impaired drivers

Latest brief from the Trail and Greater District police

“This is very costly to replace and it seems that Rossland is getting more and more theft and vandalism happening, which is really unfortunate,” says the commission’s Michelle Fairbanks. Photo: Submitted
Two plaques stolen from Rossland heritage square

The plaques were located at Washington and Columbia by the Olaus statue

No matter your age, the city’s two skate park hosts Jaryd Justice-Moote (left) and Brenden Wright can help you roll into a new pastime this “Summer at the Skatepark.” Photo: City of Trail
Free coaching at the Trail Sk8Park begins next month

The city is rolling into a summer of inclusive recreation by, for… Continue reading

Pastor Tom Kline
‘Why I became a Christian’ with Pastor Tom Kline

That night, a peace came over my heart that has remained from that day to this, 36 years later.

Protestors blocking Columbia Avenue Saturday evening. Photo: Betsy Kline
Old growth protesters block Castlegar’s main street for 24 hours

Members of Extinction Rebellion stayed overnight in downtown Castlegar

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read