Hardware was handed out Saturday evening, bringing the 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games to a close.
The two-day event drew over 800 athletes, coaches, family and friends to Vernon.
Events took place across the city.
Comradery and excitement from players and fans was palpable at the Priest Valley gym, where floor hockey competition was taking place. Organizers said all the events were well-attended.
The games serve as a qualifier to attend the 2020 national games in Thunder Bay, Ont. According to SOBC communications manager Megan Pollock, “Team BC 2020 members will be announced publicly, but not until spring.”
The outcome of those games will then decide who will represent Canada at the 2021 world games in Sweden.
The take away from this year’s event, according to Lois McNary, SOBC vice-president, is how “absolutely amazing the community of Vernon has been.”
McNary credits the Vernon organizers for the games’ success, saying, “They have a real ‘can-do’ attitude, removing barriers as they arose, and making everything seamless.”
She also gave a nod to the 1000-plus volunteers, noting, “Every single volunteer encounter has been positive at every level.”
“Vernon is the place to be if you host an event and want it to be successful. And we will come again.”
– Cindy Rhyason