Special Olympics BC-Mission Registration


It's registration time!!!   It looks like we will be starting Special O soon!  More details will follow once the days and start dates are finalized.  


The sooner we have everyone registered, the better.  If you can complete these forms now that it has been extended need to  get in forms as soon as possible  that would be great. There is NO payment required at this time.

Once a sport starts, we will ask for payment from athletes then. Here are the instructions for athletes to register:


There are TWO FORMS that need to be filled out: 

1. The Mission Athlete Registration form and 

2.  The Participation Waiver form.   


Please save the Mission Athlete Registration form to your computer. 

Then fill it out and save it again when you are finished. 

Once you have finished the registration form, send it back to me by email attachment. 

SOBC has instructions on their page if you need help saving:  








The Participation Waiver form gets completed and submitted online.  No need to print or forward it.  Just submit it.  Here is the link for this form to complete:  




If you are unable to email your registration form, we will be accepting registrations at the covered picnic area of Fraser River Heritage Park on Thursday, September 2nd from 4-8pm.  You can print it and drop it off to me there.  We will also have an iPad there for you  to submit your waiver if you do not have access to a phone or computer to do that.  


If you are a current volunteer or wish to volunteer, please let me know.  I will send you the appropriate forms for you.  Much appreciated!


If you have any questions, please ask me!


Email me at jennifer@woodennickel.ca or


Jennifer Burns

Registrar Coordinator

Mission Special Olympics


or you can contact local coordinator

Julia O'Connor





Return to Sport Update

November 2nd,2021
















Special Olympics BC-Mission Athletes, Coaches and Volunteers

This From Special Olympics BC website

November 2nd,2021

What does this mean when Special Olympics BC  can  Return to Sport.



Provincial requirements now state ages 5+ must wear masks and spectators ages

19+ must be fully vaccinated.


The current protocols include:

Current Special Olympics BC safety standards include:

  • All participants and volunteers ages 12 and up must be fully vaccinated (2 doses);

  • Sport training group sizes maximum 50;

  • Continued mask wearing off the fields of play;

  • An emphasis on staying home when you are sick;

  • Enhanced cleaning, hand washing, and ventilation;


If you have any questions or feedback.


Please don’t hesitate to email: covid@specialolympics.bc.ca. 




Meet Athlete Dan Catarig











Special Olympics BC – Mission’s Dan Catarig is a hardworking athlete who loves to help others.

Catarig serves as Athlete Representative on SOBC – Mission’s Local Committee. He says he felt honoured and surprised when he was elected to the position by his fellow athletes.

“I was pretty happy,” Catarig said. “I had a new opportunity to try new things and have a new role. I just want to help, and if you can help people, then why not?”

Catarig says some of his most important duties include representing athletes’ points of view at Local Committee meetings and being a mentor to other athletes. Catarig believes it is important for Locals to have an Athlete Representative because they have a good understanding of issues that affect athletes.

Catarig participates in basketball, Club Fit, floor hockey, soccer, and softball through SOBC – Mission. His favourite SOBC sport is floor hockey, and he enjoys teaching new players about sportsmanship and helping them work on their skills.

Catarig says good sportsmanship helps athletes have fun and succeed at their sports. Catarig believes when players allow themselves to get worked up, it can affect their judgement, which can lead to mistakes. Catarig says when athletes show good sportsmanship, everyone can feel good after a game.

“It is important to me because good sportsmanship, like even for a tournament, helps you not get frustrated. There is always a next time.”

Catarig says his most memorable experience with Special Olympics was attending a basketball tournament hosted by SOBC – Mission in November, 2017. He said the event was run really well and everyone had a great time.

Catarig’s team finished first in their division. He said his team passed the ball very well, and he is proud of how they played.

“Everybody in the beginning was pretty calm, and right after we got through the first game and we won, everybody’s emotions changed right away and everyone was smiling,” he said.

Catarig originally got involved with Special Olympics in Alberta, and he started up with SOBC – Mission when his family moved to British Columbia. He says he felt very welcome at his first practice with SOBC – Mission, and the athletes and coaches were very excited to see him. He says the fantastic support he has received through Special Olympics has encouraged him to participate in more sports and get more involved with his Local.

“Special Olympics is important because there are lots of really kind people, it is always welcoming, always fun, and coaches always have fun stuff to do!” Catarig says. “It is really good for athletes, and it is also good for your health because you are not just sitting on the couch and you are always getting out for various events.”

Outside of Special Olympics, Catarig recently earned his “L” through ICBC’s graduated licensing program. Catarig loves cars and he studied extremely hard for the knowledge test. Catarig wrote about his achievement in this Selfadvocatenet.com blog post.



Meet Coach Dianna Reed

28 June 2016












Dianna Reed jumped at the chance to become the Head Coach of Special Olympics BC – Mission’s basketball team.

When Reed was offered the position, she had already gotten hooked on volunteering with Special Olympics through helping out with SOBC – Mission’s athletics and swimming programs.


The basketball coaching position was a great fit for Reed, as she is passionate about the sport, played the game in high school, and already had experience as a basketball coach.


Reed says coaching basketball with SOBC – Mission has been a highly rewarding experience. Basketball is a new sport for the Local, and Reed has enjoyed watching the athletes develop their skills and grow their love of the game.


Reed has enjoyed the experience so much that she recruited her sister and some friends to help her coach the team. Reed says they now love coaching with SOBC as much as she does, and they all can’t wait for the next basketball season.


When did you start with Special Olympics, and how did you get involved?

I started volunteering with Special Olympics in 2014. My friend Nolan really got the ball rolling for me. One night we were discussing how we would like to volunteer, but we didn't really know with what organization. He made some calls and a few weeks later I was helping with swimming every Friday night. After that I was pretty much hooked.


What has been your most memorable Special Olympics experience?

Some of my most memorable moments so far have involved bringing a new sport to SOBC – Mission. We had never had a basketball team as far as I know, and watching the athletes enhance their skills in a sport that was new to them was so amazing to watch. Also, I have enjoyed coaching so much that I actually convinced my older sister and a few of my best friends to come and help me coach basketball. Now they love it as much as I do and can't wait to get started in the fall again.


What is your favourite thing about being involved with SOBC?

My favourite thing about being involved with Special Olympics is the dedication, perseverance, and work ethic the athletes show. It is a constant reminder of just how incredible these athletes really are and how they will let nothing stand in the way of their success.


What would you like others to know about SOBC – Mission?

I would want people to know that SOBC – Mission is such a fun group to be involved with. We are always laughing and I can't wait to watch the program grow.

Building skills and sharing perspectives in Athlete Leadership programs

27 April 2016

SOBC - Oceanside athlete Shayne Blandin delivering her speech in the Athlete Speakers Bureau 1 course.

Leadership skills, public-speaking abilities, health advocacy, and dialogue were enhanced as 39 talented athletes from 15 communities participated in Special Olympics BC Athlete Leadership programs in Richmond in the first weekend of April.


Twenty-five athletes built their public-speaking skills in the Athlete Speakers Bureau 1 and 2 courses, supported by mentors from their home communities who will help them in their ongoing opportunities to give speeches and share their stories. These advocates help raise awareness and support for Special Olympics and for individuals with intellectual disabilities, showcasing their great abilities and achievements.


"Because of Special Olympics, I am more fit and healthy than before. I feel included in my community because without Special Olympics, I would have few friends, few opportunities, and few chances to travel and meet new people," SOBC – Vernon athlete Justin Sigal said in his Athlete Speakers Bureau 1 speech. "I worry that without Special Olympics, three million people [with intellectual disabilities] would be living in their homes gathering dust. Life can be so much more. I love how I am included in the province of British Columbia, and my life is so much richer for it."

Watch a few moments from the great speeches in Athlete Speakers Bureau 1:


A further 14 athletes participated in the Governance course, where they discussed key issues affecting athletes and programs and brought valuable ideas into play. They provided great insights and worked on their abilities to foster dialogue, which will help them as they work with their home communities to share important athlete perspectives.


The Athlete Speakers Bureau 2 and Governance participants also completed training to become certified Sun Safety Health Heroes. As part of our new Healthy Communities initiatives, SOBC is introducing Health Heroes training for athletes who wish to equip themselves to help educate their peers about best practices for healthy living. This will create a wider network of health advocates helping address the ongoing health issues faced by individuals with intellectual disabilities.


The April course focused on sun safety, so these 27 athletes discussed best practices for being outdoors and received tools to share in their communities, helping fellow athletes stay healthy and safe in the sun throughout their spring sports and their active lives outdoors.


The participants demonstrated great ideas for how to implement their training at home and enthusiasm to help others.

Congratulations and thanks to all the participants! We look forward to hearing more from these athlete leaders and we understand they are already doing great work back in their home communities!

Nic Strongitharm













To learn more about SOBC Athlete Leadership programs and opportunities, please contact Jill Harris by email or by phone at 250-919-0757.


About Athlete Leadership


Part of SOBC’s job is to encourage athletes to take part in leadership training programs so they can have a voice within their own communities, and become representatives of Special Olympics in B.C., Canada and all over the world.


Through SOBC Athlete Leadership programs, athletes develop the skills and abilities to take leadership positions in a number of roles including public speaking, sitting on Local Committees, and assisting as fundraising and program volunteers.


These programs are proven to have a lasting benefit to participants by increasing confidence and self-esteem as well as providing input and insight into athlete issues – a valuable resource to Special Olympics BC.



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