BC athletes shine at LA 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Aug 04, 2015

After 10 days of competition, Team Canada has returned home from the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles with plenty to be proud of.

Canada finished the Games with a record-breaking 144 medals –  70 gold, 48 silver and 26 bronze.

Nearly half (46%) of Team Canada was made up of BC athletes, including the entire roster for Canada’s basketball, bocce, soccer and softball teams. The BC contingent shone at the games with 39 medals, contributing to 27 per cent of Team Canada’s total medal haul (read the full list of results below).

A few outstanding BC highlights to note:

  • BC’s Joshua Low of Langley won Canada’s first gold medal in the 25m backstroke
  • Magnus Batara of Vancouver won four gold medals in aquatics
  • Joanne Bunnin of Chilliwack earned three gold medals in powerlifting
  • Annabelle Davis of Vancouver earned three gold medals in 10-pin bowling
  • Kelsey Wyses’s 4x50m swim team set a new World Games best-on-record mark with their time of 2:48.61
  • The BC-loaded softball and bocce teams both earned a bronze, with soccer and basketball teams right behind with a 4th place finish.

“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of each and every one of the members of Team Canada and are thrilled with their performances in Los Angeles,” noted Chief Executive Officer for Special Olympics Canada, Sharon Bollenbach. 

viaSport would like to congratulate the entire BC team and Team Canada on their incredible accomplishments at the Games. 



Visit LA2015.org for a full list of Team Canada results.

Name SOBC Local Sport Hometown
10-PIN BOWLING      
Annabelle Davis Vancouver 10-pin bowling Vancouver
  • Gold – Bowling Doubles
  • Gold – Bowling Singles
  • Gold – Bowling Team (with Huff)
Jake Huff Penticton 10-pin bowling Okanagan Falls
  • Gold – Bowling Team (with Davis)
  • Silver – Bowling Singles
  • 4th – Bowling Doubles
Austin Johnston Abbotsford 10-pin bowling Abbotsford
  • Gold – Bowling Singles
  • Silver – Bowling Team (with Renner and Summer)
  • Silver – Bowling Doubles
Linda Renner Prince George 10-pin bowling Prince George
  • Silver – Bowling Team (with Johnston and Summer)
  • 5th – Bowling Doubles
  • 6th – Bowling Singles
Kara Summer Cowichan Valley 10-pin bowling Duncan
  • Silver – Bowling Team (with Johnston and Renner)
  • Silver – Bowling Singles
  • 5th – Bowling Doubles
Magnus Batara Richmond Aquatics Richmond
  • Gold – 200m Breaststroke
  • Gold – 100m Butterfly
  • Gold – 100m Breaststroke
  • Gold – 4x100m Medley Relay
Carrie Dignan Coquitlam Aquatics New Westminster
  • Silver – 25m Freestyle
  • 6th – 25m Backstroke
Joshua Low Langley Aquatics Langley
  • Gold – 25m Backstroke (Canada’s 1st gold medal of the Games)
  • 4th – 4x25m Freestyle Relay
  • 5th – 25m Freestyle
Avery Newton Penticton Aquatics Penticton
  • Gold – 100m Freestyle
  • Gold – 200m Freestyle
  • Silver – 100m Butterfly
  • Silver – 4×50 Freestyle Relay (with Schleppe)
Amanda Schleppe Penticton Aquatics Okanagan Falls
  • Gold – 50m Backstroke
  • Silver – 4×50 Freestyle Relay (with Newton)
  • Bronze – 50m Breaststroke
Kelsey Wyse Kelowna Aquatics Kelowna
  • Gold – 4x50m Medley Relay*
  • Silver – 800m Freestyle
  • Silver – 400m Freestyle
  • 4th – 200m Individual Medley
*Wyse’s relay team set a new World Games best-on-record mark with their time of 2:48.61
Marie Telder Sunshine Coast Aquatics Sechelt
Robert Burns Comox Valley Athletics Courtenay
  • Gold – Standing Long Jump
  • Silver – 50m Run
Jeneka Grief Kelowna Athletics Kelowna
  • Silver – 4×100 Relay (with Manzardo)
  • Bronze – Shotput Women 3 kg
  • 4th – 400m Run
Mandy Manzardo Coquitlam Athletics Coquitlam
  • Silver – 4×100 Relay (with Greif)
  • Bronze – 10,000m Run
  • Bronze – 5,000m Run
Mike Palitti Abbotsford Athletics Abbotsford
  • Gold – 4×400 men’s relay
  • 4th – 400m run
  • 5th – 200m run
Aleila Miller, Head Coach Smithers Athletics Head Coach
Deborah Carter Surrey Athletics Coach
Tom Norton Abbotsford Athletics Coach
BASKETBALL: 4th place    
Nicholas Bobek Vancouver Basketball Vancouver
Shane Carr Vancouver Basketball Vancouver
Casey Cochran Vancouver Basketball Vancouver
Michelle Forberg Campbell River Basketball Campbell River
Jacky Law Vancouver Basketball Vancouver
Jeff Leung Vancouver Basketball Vancouver
Alexander Pang Vancouver Basketball Vancouver
Alastair Singh Langley Basketball Langley
Matthew Williams Langley Basketball Langley
Sangeon Yoo North Shore Basketball North Vancouver
Jayne Baggott North Shore Basketball Coach
Zak Klein North Shore Basketball Coach
Jimmy Peterson North Shore Basketball Coach
BOCCE: Bronze (team event)    
Margaret Burnell Penticton Bocce Penticton
  • Bronze – Bocce Doubles (with Kevin Ellis)
Chad Conlon Penticton Bocce Penticton
  • Gold – Bocce Singles
  • 6th – Bocce Doubles (with Lynden Hicks)
Kevin Ellis Penticton Bocce Penticton
  • Bronze – Bocce Doubles (with Burnell)
  • 5th – Bocce Singles
Lynden Hicks Penticton Bocce Penticton
  • Gold – Bocce Singles
  • 6th – Bocce Doubles (with Chad Conlon)
Ben Willms Kelowna Bocce Kelowna
  • Gold – Bocce Singles
Dona Cade Penticton Bocce Coach
Kyle Grummett Kelowna Golf Kelowna
  • Bronze – Golf Level 5
Ben Postmus Trail Golf Coach
Joanne Bunnin Chilliwack Powerlifting Chilliwack
  • Gold – Female Dead Lift
  • Gold – Female Bench Press
  • Gold – Female Combination B & DL
Ken Saunders Kelowna Powerlifting Kelowna
SOCCER: 4th place       
Adam Advocaat Coquitlam Soccer Coquitlam
Liam Barry Mission Soccer Mission
Tony Carter Mission Soccer Mission
Jeremy Cheverie Victoria Soccer Victoria
Chris Hamilton Abbotsford Soccer Abbotsford
Tom Hanna Mission Soccer Mission
Mitchell Howell Mission Soccer Dewdney
Justin King Mission Soccer Mission
Amanda Peebles Mission Soccer Mission
Bryce Schaufelberger Mission Soccer Mission
Vincent Astoria Abbotsford Soccer Coach
Stuart Coates Mission Soccer Coach
John Scholtes Mission Soccer Coach
SOFTBALL: Bronze      
Karl Anderson Coquitlam Softball Langley
James Blacke Kelowna Softball Kelowna
Ryan Courtemanche Kelowna Softball Kelowna
Richard Gillis Kelowna Softball Kelowna
Chris Harrington Kelowna Softball Kelowna
Brad Hogan Comox Valley Softball Courtenay
Jim Laitar Surrey Softball Delta
Jonathan MacDonald Kelowna Softball Kelowna
Jake MacFarlane Kelowna Softball Kelowna
Andrew McIntyre Kelowna Softball Kelowna
Dale Ramsden Kelowna Softball Kelowna
Chris Roberge Comox Valley Softball Courtenay
David Scott Kelowna Softball Kelowna
Danny Sperling Kelowna Softball Kelowna
Carl Willing Surrey Softball Surrey
Lorena Mead Kelowna Softball Coach
Ian Olive Kelowna Softball Coach
Dennis Richardson Kelowna Softball Coach
Leslie Thornley SOBC MCD Region 2 Mission Staff
Megan Grittani-Livingston SOBC Manager, Communications Comms Liaison