Locals help Team BC thrive at Games

Special Olympics Team BC 2018 athletes competed with skill, sportsmanship, and pride at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.

The athletes earned more than 220 medals and achieved many personal bests at the event in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, which ran from July 31 to August 4.

“Team BC athletes did a fantastic job at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games,” said Leslie Thornley, Team BC 2018 Chef de Mission. “These athletes trained hard to prepare for this event and we are extremely proud of how they represented their province. It was very exciting to see them impress spectators from across Canada with their abilities and sportsmanship.”

Kendall Salanski, right, with swimming coach Penny Coyle.

The 243 members of Team BC who travelled to Antigonish were made up of 174 athletes with intellectual disabilities, 54 coaches, and 15 mission staff members, representing 38 communities across British Columbia.

Competing at National Games is an empowering and potentially life-changing experience for Special Olympics athletes. Through competition and training, athletes set and achieve goals, build confidence and pride, and create valued friendships.