Let the games begin

It's game time.

The 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games officially get underway today with some 600 athletes taking part in the two-day event.

The games will feature athletes competing at various venues around the North Okanagan including Sovereign Lake, SilverStar Mountain, Priest Valley Arena, Kal Tire Place North, the curling club and Lincoln Lanes.

The teams represent the eight sport regions of B.C. as well as the Yukon. They will be joined by Special Olympics Alberta’s provincial cross country skiing competitors, who were not able to participate in the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games due to lack of snow.

There are more than 4,900 Special Olympics athletes in 55 communities throughout B.C.

At any age and all over the province the athletes are learning new skills, making new friends and gaining fitness and confidence.

The athletes take the competition seriously and have a chance to move on to the national Special Olympics.

The events are free to watch and the public is encouraged to come out and cheer the athletes on.

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