Special Olympics BC-Mission Spring Registration


Spring registration time!!!   It looks like we will be starting Special O Spring Sports soon !  More details will follow when  start dates are finalized.  

Hi everyone!   Spring sports are starting in April!


Monday            Softball

Tuesday           Club Fit

Wednesday   Track and Field

Thursday          Soccer


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

March 31st,2022
















Special Olympics BC-Mission Athletes, Coaches and Volunteers

This is From Special Olympics BC website

March 31st,2022

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

In order to maintain a safe environment, the COVID-19 vaccination requirement remains in place for all Special Olympics BC programs and competitions for the rest of this program year (ending June 30, 2022). 

We are committed to keeping our community safe, especially because we know that some of our community members are more at risk from COVID-19. Many rely on SOBC to provide a safe environment at programs, in order to return to the sports they love. 

Based on community feedback, Special Olympics BC has taken a slow, phased, and safety-focused approach throughout the pandemic. With many things changing around all of us at this time, we are staying the course with the cautious approach for a little longer, to prioritize safety. This will also minimize the demands on the hardworking SOBC volunteers who have had to figure out all operational processes for this season based on the Government of B.C.’s original requirements.

Vaccination requirements will be revisited again in summer 2022. 

Anyone who has been granted a medical exemption through the provincial medical system should please show proof of that exemption to participate in SOBC programs and competitions.

For SOBC fundraising and awareness events that involve non-members, COVID-19 vaccination will no longer be required starting April 8. We cannot guarantee that non-members are vaccinated, but registered SOBC athletes and volunteers in attendance will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. SOBC’s other strong safety protocols will remain in place at those events.


If you have any questions or feedback.


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




Special Olympics BC
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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


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:











To learn more about Athlete Leadership and engage local athlete leaders, contact SOBC's Chelsea Rogers by email or by phone at 604-802-4226.

SOBC athlete leaders are active in a wide range of roles all over the province, country, and planet, providing important and inspiring athlete perspectives.


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.

Learn more





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