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Local athletes heading to Kamloops for Special Olympics BC Winter Games

18 Prince George athletes are heading to Kamloops Feb. 2 to 4 for the Special Olympics BC Winter Games to compete in five-pin bowling, curling and snowshoeing.
Many Prince George athletes will be going to Kamloops to compete during the Special Olympics BC Winter Games Feb 2 to 4.

There are 18 Prince George athletes going to the Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Kamloops that will showcase more than 500 athletes from across the province. The event takes place from Feb. 2 to 4 and local athletes will be competing in curling, snowshoeing and five-pin bowling.

Other sports offered during the competition are alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, speed skating and floor hockey.

Also in attendance from Prince George are four head coaches, three assistant coaches and two mission staff members who will accompany the athletes.

 “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,” Dan Howe, SOBC president & CEO, said. “We are so grateful to all the volunteers, sponsors, donors, and supporters who are helping athletes achieve their dreams.” 

Athletes had to earn their place in the games through regional qualifiers that were held between January and May, 2002. All the athletes have trained hard in the year-round Special Olympics programs in their communities in preparation to achieve their personal bests in Kamloops while looking for a chance to qualify for the 2024 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Calgary.

List of athletes, coaches and mission staff include:

Adam Spokes, five-pin bowler

Audrey Nelson, five-pin bowler

Debbie Bileck, five-pin bowler

Lance Pattinson, five-pin bowler

Leif Skuggedal, five-pin bowler

Matthew Brewer, five-pin bowler

Darcie Muzycka, curler

Greg Cole, curler

Greg Evenshen, curler

Ruth Caldwell, curler

Samuel Russell, curler

Spencer Rourke, curler

Tyler Lefebvre, curler

William Spaetgens, curler

Adrian Rose, snowshoer

David Dunn, snowshoer

Marinka Van Hage, snowshoer

Tegan Raines, snowshoer

Carol Lee, five-pin bowling head coach

Fern Russell, curling head coach

Kristopher Reklinski, curling head coach

Wilma Van Hage, snowshoeing head coach

Kassandra Lewis, curling assistant coach

Peter Goudal, curling assistant coach

Suni Dunn, snowshoeing assistant coach

Alex Orser, mission staff

Sydney Hall, mission staff

Members of the public can make a difference for deserving Special Olympics BC athletes by getting involved in rewarding roles in the year-round Special Olympics programs in their communities, and by donating to help make the empowering SOBC Games experience possible.  

To support the athletes in their pursuits Tim Hortons is bringing back the Special Olympics Donut from Feb. 3 to 5. When supporters purchase the donut 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly to local Special Olympics community programs, supporting more than 41,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities across Canada.

For more information about the Special Olympics BC Winter Games visit