Special Olympics Nanaimo – Free Ride Passes for VIEX Available

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Heading to the VIEX this weekend?

Our friends at West Coast Amusements have gifted Special Olympics Nanaimo with a limited number of coupons good for ride wristbands at the VIEX. Wristbands are typically $40 each at the ticket booth. Please note that you will still have to pay the $5 entry per person to the VIEX though.

Since we want to spread out the coupons to as many athletes as possible we’re going to limit them to 4 per household and we’ll give them out on a first come first served basis. To reserve yours please respond to this email as soon as possible.

VIEX WCA Schedule:
Friday: Opens at noon and closes at 10pm
Saturday: Opens at noon and closes at 10pm
Sunday: Opens at noon and closes at 6pm

**Closing times dependent on weather and guest attendance

For more info please visit: westcoastamusements.com.

Special Olympics Nanaimo 2021/22 Registration Information

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2021/22 Registration Information

I hope you are all enjoying a fantastic summer and haven taken advantage of the warm weather to get outside and stay healthy! As the end of summer is sneaking up on us many of you have naturally started to ask about our Fall sports and I’m happy to share the registration info for the upcoming year.

We are asking for all athletes and volunteers to fill out their registration forms so that we have your updated information and can better plan for the upcoming year. We’re hoping for a more normal return to sport in October but we all know that things are still a little unsettled. As a result, we won’t be collecting registration fees until your programs are confirmed.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Special Olympics Nanaimo July Newsletter

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Special Olympics Nanaimo
July Newsletter

2021/22 SO Nanaimo Local Committee Announced

The annual meeting for Special Olympics Nanaimo was held on July 8th and elections for committee positions were held at that time. Thankfully many familiar faces are continuing on in their role with the committee:

Local Coordinator – Dave Forrester
Program Coordinator – Angela Behn
Treasurer – Heiko Behn
Secretary – Tracey Murphy
Registration Coordinator – Deborah Munday
Fundraising Coordinator – Jacky Sheng
Parent Representative – Heather Phillips
Volunteer Coordinator – Vacant

The local committee meets the third Thursday of each month and if you would like to bring something to our attention please don’t hesitate to touch base with one of the committee members or email us at so.nanaimo.local.coordinator@gmail.com.

Thank you to our outgoing local committee members!

On behalf of the local committee, volunteers and athletes we want to say thank you to the committee members that have completed their terms with SO Nanaimo. This has been a challenging period for the local and we’re grateful for all that you do for Special Olympics and hope to see you continue to volunteer with the organization in other roles!

Geoff Lowe – Local Coordinator
Marcela Mulcahy – Program Coordinator
Kate Lowe – Secretary

So…what’s next?

All of us are eagerly anticipating and hopeful for a more normal return to sport this fall. With that in mind the local committee has already been discussing plans for the upcoming year. Considering that things may change here’s how we see the next couple of months playing out:

August: Registration info will be sent out to athletes and volunteers

September: We’re planning to host a welcome back type event for all volunteers and athletes. Date and details to be confirmed. We’ll also be organizing a coaches meeting for this month.

October: Due to the uncertainty of facility availability we are hopeful for a return to sport programs in early October.

Join the Summer Wellness Challenge!

While we wait for programs to start again this Fall, Special Olympics BC wants to help everyone stay active, healthy, moving – and having fun!

All athletes are encouraged to join the #SOBCSuperSummer Wellness Challenge to stay active together and be ready for the next sport season!

This eight-week calendar includes:

Daily workouts and wellness challenges

Trainer Tuesday Facebook Live workouts weekly July 6 to August 24

Chances to win prize packs

Joining the SOBC Wellness Challenges Facebook Group to share encouragement and motivation

Full registration and challenge details can be found here.

Challenge Accepted by SOBC Challenge Games Competitors!

TheSpecial Olympics BC Provincial Challenge Games were a huge success, thanks to the determination and spirit shown by about 1,000 athletes and volunteers from all over the province!

From May 1 to June 18, the Challenge Games athletes completed 49 days of at-home challenges including sport training sessions, workouts, and wellness activities. They showed remarkable dedication as well as creativity in the range of ways they stayed active. Congratulations to all of the SO Nanaimo athletes and training coaches that represented us so well!

SO Nanaimo athlete Miranda Orth (pictured above) wrote a report on the experience and you can read it here. Great job Miranda!

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
The Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath

If you have SO Nanaimo stories, results and pictures to share for the newsletter please send them to SOnewsnanaimo. Feedback on the newsletter always welcome!

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Special Olympics Nanaimo June Newsletter

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Special Olympics Nanaimo
June Newsletter

2020-21 SO Nanaimo Local Committee Annual Meeting

Well what a year it has been! Starts and stops, different looking programs at different times of the year, virtual games and soooooo much zoom! Despite it all I’ve been encouraged by the athletes and coaches that continue to give so much to Special Olympics. With Winter Sport Regional Qualifiers taking place next year I have no doubt your hard work will pay off!

I for one am hopeful for a more normal return to our sport programs in the Fall and I know we can’t wait until we get to see many of you again! The first step to that return is the hosting of our annual meeting which will take place on Thursday, July 8 at 6:30pm. As long as the provincial health restart plans stay on track we plan to hold this meeting at the soccer/softball fields at Beban Park (the natural grass ones not the turf). Weather permitting and please bring a chair.

We will be providing an update on the local and holding elections for the committee this evening. If you have any questions, interest volunteering on the committee or in the direction of the local, I look forward to hearing from you!

The top priorities for the upcoming year are going to be very simple:
1. Secure facilities for our programs
2. Increase the number of volunteer coaches
3. Welcoming back our athletes

Everyone welcome to attend and I hope to see many of you there!

Less than a week until the SOBC Provincial Challenge Games begin!

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We’re less than one week away from the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics BC Provincial Challenge Games and there’s still a chance to join the fun! This is a great opportunity for both athletes and volunteers to connect virtually in a safe and fun way while getting active and I hope you’ll join the team to help Region 6 as we compete against the rest of the province.

How It Works:

  1. Register with us if you haven’t already this year! A reminder that registration is free this year. If you are already registered just reply to this email to let us know you would like to participate in the Games. Each registered Games participant that completes the challenge activities through the months of May and June will receive a Games uniform piece. If you haven’t registered yet please fill out the sobcnanaimoreg.
  2. Complete the challenges in the SOBC Provincial Challenge Games calendars. There will be daily physical and wellness activities! Training group leaders will connect weekly with their local athletes to provide encouragement and help track points. (Training group leaders do not have to be trained coaches. Interested parents and administrative volunteers are encouraged to get involved!)
  3. Help your Regional team claim top spot in the province! While this event will not be a qualifier, every challenge activity that an athlete completes will earn points toward your Regional team’s total. Plus, athletes who complete their challenges will be entered in weekly prize draws! Regional team point totals will be averaged based on the number of participants per team, so every Region has the potential to come out on top – no matter their size!
  4. Experience the Games spirit by connecting with your local training group and your Regional team, and by attending the virtual ceremonies!
    Virtual Opening Ceremony on Facebook Live, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. PT
    Virtual Closing Ceremonies on Facebook Live, June 23 to 24

The challenge calendars will be very similar to those SOBC has offered throughout the past year – check out the past calendars for examples. But there will be some new activities and new creative ways to win points!

Timeline:

APRIL 12 TO 30: Registration!

  • Each registered Games participant that completes the challenge activities through the months of May and June will receive a Games uniform piece.
  • Registration closes April 30.

MAY 1 TO JUNE 18: SOBC Provincial Challenge Games Competition!

  • SOBC hosts a virtual Provincial Challenge Games Opening Ceremony on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. PT.
  • SOBC issues a Provincial Challenge Games activity calendar for each month and maintains a leaderboard tracking regional team rankings.
  • Athletes complete challenges and count their points.
  • Training group leaders connect at least once a week with athletes and submit points to team.
  • Regional teams come together virtually for monthly pep rallies.

JUNE 23 TO 24: SOBC Provincial Challenge Games Ceremonies!

  • Virtual awards, dance parties, and more.

Are you ready to compete, connect, and take on a challenge? Be part of the 2021 Special Olympics BC Provincial Challenge Games!

SOBC Provincial Challenge Games for Athletes and Volunteers!

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While we can’t come together in person this summer the way we had planned, we wanted to find a way to still give everyone the opportunity to be active and celebrate together. So we are introducing the Special Olympics BC Provincial Challenge Games – bringing the Games to you! This is a great opportunity for both athletes and volunteers to connect in a safe and fun way while getting active as we’re looking for both athletes and training group leaders to help with this initiative.

How It Works:

  1. Register with us if you haven’t already this year! A reminder that registration is free this year. If you are already registered just reply to this email to let us know you would like to participate in the Games. Each registered Games participant that completes the challenge activities through the months of May and June will receive a Games uniform piece. If you haven’t registered yet please fill out the sobcnanaimoreg.
  2. Complete the challenges in the SOBC Provincial Challenge Games calendars. There will be daily physical and wellness activities! Training group leaders will connect weekly with their local athletes to provide encouragement and help track points. (Training group leaders do not have to be trained coaches. Interested parents and administrative volunteers are encouraged to get involved!)
  3. Help your Regional team claim top spot in the province! While this event will not be a qualifier, every challenge activity that an athlete completes will earn points toward your Regional team’s total. Plus, athletes who complete their challenges will be entered in weekly prize draws! Regional team point totals will be averaged based on the number of participants per team, so every Region has the potential to come out on top – no matter their size!
  4. Experience the Games spirit by connecting with your local training group and your Regional team, and by attending the virtual ceremonies!
    Virtual Opening Ceremony on Facebook Live, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. PT
    Virtual Closing Ceremonies on Facebook Live, June 23 to 24

The challenge calendars will be very similar to those SOBC has offered throughout the past year – check out the past calendars for examples. But there will be some new activities and new creative ways to win points!

Timeline:

APRIL 12 TO 30: Registration!

  • Each registered Games participant that completes the challenge activities through the months of May and June will receive a Games uniform piece.
  • Registration closes April 30.

MAY 1 TO JUNE 18: SOBC Provincial Challenge Games Competition!

  • SOBC hosts a virtual Provincial Challenge Games Opening Ceremony on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. PT.
  • SOBC issues a Provincial Challenge Games activity calendar for each month and maintains a leaderboard tracking regional team rankings.
  • Athletes complete challenges and count their points.
  • Training group leaders connect at least once a week with athletes and submit points to team.
  • Regional teams come together virtually for monthly pep rallies.

JUNE 23 TO 24: SOBC Provincial Challenge Games Ceremonies!

  • Virtual awards, dance parties, and more.

Are you ready to compete, connect, and take on a challenge? Be part of the 2021 Special Olympics BC Provincial Challenge Games this spring!

Join Special Olympics Nanaimo for a Fundamental Movements and Mental Training Session

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Fundamental Movements and Mental Training

We hope you can join us for this SOBC Youth Engagement Project initiative created by Nanaimo’s Emily Hoppe.

Emily is teaming up with Mental Performance Consultant Geoff Hackett from PacificSport Vancouver Island to offer a virtual event about mental training!

This event is designed for athletes, coaches, parents, students, and even teachers. It will help with learning about what mental performance is, understanding mental and physical health, knowing your body and its emotions, thoughts and actions, and developing specific mental tools to help performance in sport and daily life.

Participants also have the opportunity to win a T-shirt or gift card for attending!

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Saturday, March 20

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT

Register here

If you have any questions, please contact Emily at movementskillsworkshop.

COMING SOON

Emily is also developing videos to help with training fundamental movements – stay tuned!

Special Olympics BC’s Youth Engagement Project is generously supported by

Funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps

Happy Holidays from Special Olympics Nanaimo

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Special Olympics Nanaimo
December Newsletter

All of us at Special Olympics Nanaimo want to wish our athletes, volunteers, families and supporters a happy and safe holiday season!

This has been a year unlike any other and we’re grateful for everyone’s willingness to roll with the changes and keep working to provide sport opportunities in our region as best we can. We know there’s still a lot to do but I want to thank the local committee members that have been meeting monthly to create plans and work to get as many athletes as active as possible. A huge thank you to our coaches that have embraced the changes and to the athletes for bringing your energy and effort back to the programs!

While the holidays will be different this year, there will still be opportunities to connect with others and we hope you take advantage of those. Special Olympics BC is organizing a holiday party for all athletes and volunteers on December 16th so please take a moment to read the info below. We all know how many of you like to join a dance party!

A reminder to stay active and healthy over the holidays and fingers crossed that we’ll get to see you as many of you as soon as possible in the new year!

Special Olympics Nanaimo November Newsletter

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Hello everyone,

It’s been wonderful welcoming back athletes in a limited capacity over the past few weeks but we miss all of you! Rest assured that the local committee and coachers are working hard behind the scenes to be able to get your programs up and running again as soon as possible. And when we can, we’ll be here. The coaches and volunteers are as eager as all of you and can’t wait to see you again!

While you’re waiting for your program to start we hope you continue to stay active and healthy in your own way. We’ve attached more great resources below and encourage everyone to find a way to get a little bit better each week. Healthy food choices and activity are possible every day in your home and we’ve heard from many of you that are doing a great job!

As you know, the number of cases in our community is rising at the moment so we want to encourage all of you to do your part to stay healthy. Please wash your hands often, reduce the number of people in your bubble and wear your masks! Everyone is doing a great job to reduce the spread in our community and we thank you for your efforts!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and thank you for your understanding.

Dave