Surrey athletes, coaches set off for Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games

SURREY — Forty-five Surrey athletes and 14 coaches are heading to Kamloops and Sun Peaks this weekend to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games.

Approximately 600 athletes from around British Columbia are going for gold in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing and speed skating.

The athletes are competing for the chance to advance to the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Newfoundland, where they will strive to qualify for the 2017 Worlds in Austria.

The B.C. Winter Games will kick off with the opening ceremony today (Feb. 19), where all the teams will proudly march into the Tournament Capital Centre for a warm welcome to Kamloops.