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

Special Olympics Nanaimo October Newsletter

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Welcome Back!

We’re so excited to have athletes and volunteers training again in three different programs – Athletics, Club Fit and Bowling. The training groups are smaller but the effort and fun is the same as always and it has been great to see.

A huge shout out to the athletes in the Athletics program (pictured above) that gave it their all for a competition this week! Their times will be submitted to SO British Columbia where they’ll be divisioned against athletes from around the province and we’ll get the final results in a few weeks. This is just one example of the competition opportunities that will be happening in the programs as we move forward.

Now that more sports are up and running we are asking all athletes and volunteers to fill out their registration forms so that we have your updated information and can keep you in the loop as more training opportunities are announced. A reminder that we will not be collecting a registration fee at this time so get your forms in!

We’ve also shared information below in the newsletter on several virtual programs that are available to all athletes right now. We encourage everyone to find a way to stay active and healthy in a way that works best for you at this time!

If you have any questions about the programs please don’t hesitate to respond to this email and we’ll get back to you right away!

Join Special Olympics Nanaimo for a discussion on the upcoming year!

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We’re very excited to be offering sport programs in our region again and can’t wait to see all of your smiles again soon!

As we gear up to start our Athletics program next Wednesday night and Club Fit on September 28th we realize that there has been a lot of changes since you were last able to attend a sport program. Our guess is that you have some questions about the changes and what the year ahead looks like and we want to make sure you have an opportunity to ask them!

Next Thursday night, September 24th, from 6-7:30pm we’re going to be hosting an online zoom conversation open to all athletes, coaches and caretakers. If you don’t have zoom you’ll also be able to call in to the conversation. In order to answer as many questions as possible we’re hoping you will respond to this email with your questions before 6pm on Wednesday.

Please also let us know if you want to attend the session by responding to this email and we’ll share the login information closer to the event date.

A quick reminder that we are asking for all athletes and volunteers to fill out their registration forms as soon as possible so that we have your updated information and can keep you informed as more programs and training opportunities are announced. Registering is also important as the data is used when applying for funding for our programs and when you indicate which sports you’re interested in it will help us determine who will participate when more sports safely reopen.

Considering that some athletes may not be able to participate right away we will not be collecting a registration fee at this time.

Have a great weekend!

DRAFT – Special Olympics Nanaimo 2020/21 Registration Information

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Hello everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed a fantastic summer and haven taken advantage of the warm weather to get outside and stay healthy! We’re excited to announce that Special Olympics BC has approved the return of some sports for in-person training again and we will be offering an Athletics program on Wednesday evenings and Outdoor Club Fit program on Monday evenings starting soon and running until the weather gets too bad. Both programs will take place at the track behind NDSS.

Please note that we are limited to 12 athletes maximum in each program as the training groups are limited to ensure the health and safety of all of athletes and volunteers. We will be selecting athletes for the programs based on whether an athlete was previously registered in one of the sports offered, the athlete is able to attend the program on a regular basis, the athlete is comfortable participating during this time and able to follow all COVID-19 protocols in place for that sport program and then first come, first serve. If you’d like to learn more about the sport changes please visit: https://www.specialolympics.ca/sites/default/files/SOBC_ReturnToSportPlan_ProgramProgressions_08-10-20.pdf.

Currently we are asking for all athletes and volunteers to fill out their registration forms so that we have your updated information and can keep you informed as more programs and training opportunities are announced. Considering that many athletes won’t be able to participate we will not be collecting a registration fee at this time.

We are exploring virtual training opportunities that will help all athletes get active and healthy during this time and hope to bring you more information on that soon.

To read Special Olympics BC’s full return to sport plan please visit: https://www.specialolympics.ca/british-columbia/return-sport.

Special Olympics Nanaimo Return to Sport Update

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Hello everyone,

We’re getting closer to training again with the announcement by SOBC that a Return to Sport (RTS) plan has been developed and can be found on their website including highlights for athletes. You’ll see that they have put the safety of our volunteers, athletes and staff as the top priority in this plan. I encourage everyone to take some time to read the plan as it will give you a better sense of what you program may look like when it starts running again.

SOBC’s return to sport plan includes 12 pilot programs, in four sports (bocce, track, Club Fit and golf) running until the first week of August. Nanaimo has not been chosen to run any of the pilot programs but once the pilot programs are complete these sports may be opened to our Local.

SOBC will be working over the summer to get the specific sport plans ready for our fall sports and we will share this info with you as soon as we’re able to.

If you have any questions about the Return to Sport plan, SOBC has put together a FAQ that may answer it for you.

We thank you for your patience as we work through these tough times and look forward to getting back to sport as soon as we can!!

“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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