BC Games alumni compete at Special Olympics World Winter Games

BC Games alumni compete at Special Olympics World Winter Games

Author: BC Games Society/Sunday, March 19, 2017/Categories: 2017 News

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After years of training and competition to reach the 2017 World Games, the members of Team Canada from British Columbia truly delivered in Austria March 14 to 24. Special Olympics Team Canada’s 16 athletes, eight coaches, and one mission staff member from B.C. did their province proud as they were well prepared to compete with skill and determination on the world stage. Competing in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, snowshoeing, and speed skating, all of the B.C. athletes medalled, collectively earning 11 gold, 10 silver, and five bronze.

"This truly was a great experience and I'll cherish it forever," SOBC – Surrey alpine skier Susan Wang said. "I loved competing with people from all over the world."

With the help of their coaches and supporters in their year-round Special Olympics programs at home, the members of Team Canada were very well prepared to compete and shine on the world stage. Their achievements at these World Games mark the culmination of an exciting four-year journey, as the B.C. athletes progressed through Regional Qualifiers in 2014, the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games, and the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games to earn the opportunity to compete in Austria.

“We are very proud of this province’s members of Special Olympics Team Canada 2017. They trained so hard to be able to perform at their best on the world stage, and they showed such inspiring dedication, sportsmanship, and skill,” said Lois McNary, Special Olympics BC Vice President, Sport.


12 BC Games alumni were part of the BC contingent of 16 athletes, 8 coaches and one mission staff. Congratulations to:

Paige Norton, speed skating (Abbotsford) - 2010-2016 BC Summer Games 

Roxana Podrasky, alpine skiing (Cranbrook) - 2012 BC Summer Games 

Marc Theriault, figure skating (North Delta) - 2016 BC Summer Games 

Matthew Williams, speed skating (Langley) - 2008 BC Summer Games 

Tracey Melesko, cross country skiing (Kelowna) - 8 BC Summer Games

Francis Stanley, cross country skiing (Kelowna) - 2014 BC Winter Games

Mark Schnurr, Coach - alpine skiing (New Westminster) - 1992 and 1993 BC Winter Games

Dennis Lynch, cross country skiing (Nanaimo) - 1996 BC Summer Games

Randy Scott, Coach - alpine skiing (Squamish) - 1992 and 1994 BC Summer Games

Susan Wang, alpine skiing (Surrey) - 2016 BC Summer Games

Alexander Pang, figure skating (Vancouver) - 2014 BC Winter Games

Justin Sigal, cross country skiing (Vernon) - 2008 BC Winter Games

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