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Athlete of the Month - February

Francis Stanley

When and how did you get involved with Special Olympics?

I joined the cross country ski team when I was 12 years old.

What do you like most about cross country skiing?

It makes me feel really good. I love being out in the snow and the in the forest.

What other Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

I used to play soccer, basketball, track and field, and floor hockey.

What is your favourite Special Olympics experience to date?

Travelling to the World Games in Austria and seeing the beautiful, old country.

What would you tell someone about Special Olympics to encourage them to get involved?

It's a great community, I have made so many friends plus I am healthy because of my training.

Please tell us a little bit more about yourself! What else would you like people to know about you?

I borrow a friend's dog, Riley, and he likes to run and ski with me. I live on my own in my own apartment and I love cooking healthy food.

What is one word you would use to describe yourself?


Special Olympics Logo The organization provides a variety of sports and youth programs, giving athletes the chance to gain sport skills and improve their health while enjoying training that could take them to competitions at local, regional, national and international levels. But the benefits from Special Olympics BC programs go well beyond the basics: athletes experience joy and acceptance, cultivate friendships and self-confidence, and feel empowered to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

As well, a network of thousands of coaches and fans share a unique experience and sense of community in supporting, cheering on and learning from the athletes they work with.