Five Special Olympics athletes from Fort St. John and Charlie Lake will travel to Kamloops next month for the 2023 SOBC Winter Games.
Levi Fowler, Carmela Klassen, Peter Fehr, Sheryl Jakubowski, and Wyatt Turney will join their head coach Kim Turney in five-pin bowling competition being held at the Games, Feb. 2 to 4.
“As part of the team, I think I can say for all of us we are extremely excited and stoked in being able to take part in this event,” Fowler said in a statement. “The bonding and new friendships with other athletes are always nice and to see ones that we have met before.”
This will be the first provincial games for Special Olympics BC in four years, organizers say, and other sports include alpine skiing, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, and speed skating.
Athletes were selected through their performances in regional qualifiers held last year from January to May 2022.
“The 2023 Special Olympics BC Winter Games will be an incredible opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities to show their skills, compete with pride, and develop meaningful friendships,” said Special Olympics BC President & CEO Dan Howe. “We are so grateful to all the volunteers, sponsors, donors, and supporters who are helping athletes achieve their dreams.”