Special Olympics is an international organization providing athletic opportunity to individuals with intellectual disabilities. In the Comox Valley, there are approximately 80 athletes participating in bowling, curling, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, floor hockey, track and field and baseball.
“Our local has sent athletes to local, regional, provincial, national and world competitions,” a spokesperson said. “Most recently Mary Wells and Chris Roberge competed in Greece in the 2011 Summer Games.”
Comox Valley Special Olympics is run entirely by volunteers in the community. At a recent gathering, two very special volunteers, Darlene Kramp and Randy James, were recognized for their outstanding contribution to Special Olympics.
“Darlene was recognized for 25 years of volunteer service and Randy was recognized for 20 years of volunteer service to the organization,” the spokesperson said. “Both Darlene and Randy have put tremendous energy and time into the organization acting in a variety of roles.
“Always willing to step in where needed, these two individuals have acted as head coach for a variety of sports, planned regional and provincial competitions and taken pivotal roles on the executive as Program Co-ordinator, Local Co-ordinator and Regional Coordinator.”
Both Darlene and Randy received a standing ovation from over 100 athletes and supporters as well as other volunteers present in appreciation for the tremendous gift they have given to the community.