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2015 Bob Giordano Memorial Award Recipient

Dennis Richardson


When coaching the Kelowna Special Olympics Softball team, Dennis teaches his athletes much more than hitting, pitching and catching. From the importance of healthy eating to making exercise a lifelong commitment, Dennis has spent the last 15 years mentoring and encouraging Special Olympic athletes so they can compete on an international level.

Indoor training begins at the gym each January, with on field training starting in April. He’s there at practices and helps his coaches during their regular rec league games every week. He attended training camps and served as one of the national level coaches for the Team Canada Grizzlies.

In 2015, the Grizzlies won bronze at the World Summer Games Special Olympics and were inducted in the Special Olympics BC Hall of Fame in November as the only team to represent Canada and win medals at three different games.

In past years, Dennis has also coached the Special Olympics 10 pin and power lifting teams, always with the goal of making these special athletes become the very best they can be.






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