Special Olympics Nanaimo April Newsletter

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Spring Sport Schedule

The days are getting longer (and hopefully warmer soon) and we’re able to announce our sports for the Spring:

Soccer – Monday nights, 6-7pm, Beban Park Turf Fields (entrance off of Dorman Road)

Track and Field – Tuesday nights, 6:15-7:15pm, Rotary Bowl behind NDSS

Starting April 20, Softball – Wednesday nights, 6:30-8pm, Fairview School

Starting April 28, Golf – Thursday nights, 6-7:30pm, Beban Park Pitch and Putt

All athletes must be registered before being able to start at their sports so please make sure to do so as soon as possible if you haven’t already. A reminder that we aren’t collecting registration fees this year but sport specific fees for golf will still be collected though.

Special Olympics Nanaimo March Newsletter

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Spring Sport Update

A quick update on where we’re at in terms of programs for the Spring. Here are the programs we’re hoping to get running again:

Monday: Soccer – start date TBD
Tuesday: Track and Field – starts April 4th at Rotary Bowl
Wednesday: Softball – start date TBD
Thursday: Golf – start date TBD

We are in need of head coaches for golf and soccer this year. If you’re interested in helping out with those programs please let us know as soon as possible.

A reminder that we aren’t collecting registration fees this year. Sport specific fees for golf will still be collected though.

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 hard working athletes, volunteers, families and supporters a happy and safe holiday season!

While things are still uncertain, it has been great launching a few more programs this fall and welcoming back so many smiling faces. We thank all of our athletes and volunteers for your dedication to sport!

A reminder for everyone to stay active and healthy over the holidays and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Special Olympics Nanaimo November Newsletter

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In Memoriam:

Unfortunately, the SO Nanaimo community has lost two members of our organization over the past few months, Bob Jordan (pictured) and Norm Fulla.

Bob was a long-time coach and volunteer with Special Olympics Nanaimo serving in many different roles as needed for the organization. Many people would have met Bob and his family through his work with foster children and his son Orrin who is an active athlete with us still. Bob will always be remembered for having a very close relationship with Santa Claus at our Christmas parties.

Norm was a volunteer with our 5-pin bowling program that loved being at the lanes to help out with scorekeeping and supporting the athletes. He loved spending time with the athletes and seeing their achievements.

Both of them will be missed by all of us at Special Olympics Nanaimo and our thoughts go out to their families.

Special Olympics Nanaimo October Newsletter

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Fall Sport Update

Happy Thanksgiving long weekend everyone! I hope you all have a chance to safely get active outside and spend some time with friends and family!

A quick update on where we’re at in terms of programs for the fall. We’ve had a great response from athletes and we’re rebuilding our list of volunteers and we’re excited to get 5-pin bowling running again next weekend!

Unfortunately though we’ve also ran into some facility issues that are affecting our other programs. The school district is still not allowing public bookings of their gyms and they plan to revisit that in the next couple of weeks. We were all excited to get back to the pool at Beban Park but you may have seen the pool broke just before they planned on re-opening so swimming has been delayed a few more weeks. And last but not least, the track behind NDSS is being resurfaced so we’re unable to use it as well.

Rest assured we are working as quickly as possible to get as many programs up and running again soon!

Here are the programs we’re hoping to get running again:

Monday: 10-pin Bowling, Basketball
Tuesday: Swimming
Wednesday: Track and Field
Thursday: Swimming
Saturday: 5-pin Bowling

A reminder that we aren’t collecting registration fees this year. Sport specific fees for programs like bowling, swimming and skating will still be collected once programs are running again though.

Special Olympics Nanaimo 2021/22 Registration Update

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2021/22 Registration Update

SOBC has recently released an updated Communicable Disease Plan which has enabled us to consider offering more sports once again. The SOBC Return to Sport Communicable Disease Prevention Plan contains strong safety protocols to deal with the ongoing concerns around COVID-19, as well as enduring principles for everyone’s benefit. The communicable disease prevention approach currently includes:

  • Starting September 13, proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all participants and volunteers ages 12 and up;
  • Sport training group sizes maximum 50;
  • Athletes and coaches can participate in more than sport at a time;
  • Continued mask wearing off the fields of play;
  • An emphasis on staying home when you are sick;
  • Enhanced cleaning, hand washing, and ventilation;
  • Maintaining the safety volunteer role for every SOBC program and event

You’ll notice that Special Olympics BC’s safety protocols remain heightened. We are committed to the safety of our community, to following the provincial health requirements, and to meeting the expectations of facilities needed for SOBC programs and events. If you would like to see the full Communicable Disease Plan please visit: https://www.specialolympics.ca/british-columbia/return-sport.

We are once again asking all athletes and volunteers to fill out their registration forms if you haven’t already so that we have your updated information and can keep you updated on program restarts. To help you in this process we have planned to host an in-person registration night on September 28th and the information for that can be found below. To encourage everyone to get their paperwork done, all athletes that are registered by Oct 1st will be entered into a draw for a Vancouver Canucks Jersey!

While we don’t have a finalized calendar of sports for the fall yet, based on previous years and volunteer capacity, here are the programs we’re exploring offering at this time:

Monday: 10-pin Bowling, Basketball
Tuesday: Swimming
Wednesday: Track and Field
Thursday: Swimming
Saturday: 5-pin Bowling

We all know that things are still a little unsettled and as a result, we won’t be collecting registration fees for programs this year. Sport specific fees for programs like bowling, swimming and skating will still be collected once programs are running again though.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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!