Nelson’s Ian Walgren will compete for Team B.C. at the Special Olympics Winter Games. Photo submitted

Nelson’s Ian Walgren to compete at Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

Walgren will take part in four speedskating races

Nelson speedskater Ian Walgren will compete for Team B.C. at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay.

Walgren will take part in the 222-, 333-, 500- and 777-metre races at the event, which runs Feb. 25 to 29.

“I’m excited to be a part of Team B.C. 2020,” he said in a release. “It’s going to be cool and awesome when it comes to being a racer. I can’t wait to go!”

Walgren’s father Bruce, who also coaches the West Kootenay Speed Skating Club, will serve as an assistant coach for Team B.C.

The provincial team includes 143 athletes, 42 volunteer coaches and 13 mission staff from 42 communities. The eight sports at the Games include five-pin bowling, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing and speedskating.

“This is an incredibly well-prepared provincial team. I am so proud of the dedication and effort shown by all of these inspiring athletes, coaches, and volunteers,” said Michelle Cruickshank, Special Olympics Team BC 2020 Chef de Mission.

“They have been working hard for three years to reach this event, and I know they will do B.C. proud at National Games. Their abilities and their sportsmanship will inspire everyone watching.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

As Nelson hotels close, some try to stay open without guests

Vacancies are there, even for people who need to self-isolate

Nelson and COVID-19: everything you need to know

Check this page for every local story related to the outbreak

Nelson police make drug bust in Railtown

Drugs, weapons and stolen property were among the items found

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

Here’s how to talk to people who aren’t taking physical distancing seriously

Approach the conversation with empathy says conflict expert

B.C. clears more acute hospital beds as COVID-19 case growth slows

Province holding about 40% of beds empty for peak still to come

As 500K+ apply for emergency benefit, Trudeau says aid coming for Canadians left behind

Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides $2,000 per month

Wearing non-medical masks can stop spread of COVID-19 before symptoms start: Tam

Health officials had previously not recommended wearing them

UPDATE: UK PM Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worse

He has been quarantined in his Downing St. residence since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 26

Travellers, travel agents ‘in agony’ over refund policies and customer service

Many Canadian carriers are offering customers flights rebookings or travel vouchers — but not refunds

Introverted and extroverted kids likely to react differently to COVID-19 restrictions

B.C. child psychologist says your parenting approach can’t be one-size fits all in social isolation

B.C. begins taking submissions for $2M COVID-19 research fund

Rural health, impact of shifting hospital resources among priorities

Most Read