B.C. Special Olympics are headed back to Kamloops for a third time.
Two officials with the provincial office of the Special Olympics approached Kamloops-North Thompson school board Monday night to request use of five district facilities for the games next summer.
The games, open to athletes with intellectual disabilities, were last held in Kamloops 18 months ago, in winter 2015.
“The difference this time is more people,” said Lois McNary, vice-president of the organization, explaining the request. All hard costs will be borne by the Special Olympics program, not the school district, she stressed.
Athletes competing in the summer games can qualify for the national games, she noted. Eleven sports, including track, swimming, softball, soccer and five-pin bowling before it’s moved to a winter rotation, will be part of the Kamloops event.
“This is really important for our athletes. Their journey begins in Kamloops.”
McNary said an official announcement will be made once they have approached City council.
The decision to hold the games in Kamloops again comes just weeks before the highest echelon of international Special Olympics competition plays out in Rio.