Campbell River swimmer named to B.C.’s Canada Games team

Eight Special Olympics BC athletes and two coaches will be part of the athletics and swimming action

More than 4,000 athletes and coaches will converge in Winnipeg for the 2017 Canada Summer Games July 28 to Aug. 13, and eight Special Olympics BC athletes and two coaches will be part of the athletics and swimming action.

One of those Special Olympics BC athletes is Campbell River’s Jesse Shade who will compete in swimming.

The Canada Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes, and in 2017 will celebrate their 50th anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday.

The SOBC competitors from around the province have been selected to compete based on their qualifications including performance over the 2015-16 sport season and Regional Qualifiers.

The Canada Games are staged every two years, alternating between winter and summer sports, and they offer valuable external competition opportunities for SOBC athletes and coaches.

Special Olympics athletes from across the country compete in Special Olympics sport divisions and give their all as members of provincial and territorial teams alongside generic-sport athletes, sharing great team spirit all together.