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What LGBTQI2S athletes desire: an authentic identity

Profiles

As a young man, Dean Nelson took extreme measures to hide – to hide from sport and to conceal his sexuality. It was not until he received an invitation to attend the 2006 Montreal Outgames, one of the largest sporting and cultural competitions for LGBTQI2S athletes, that Nelson realised his story was not unique. 

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Gay, lesbian and bisexual teens half as likely to play sports as straight youth

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While participation in sports has been declining among high school students in British Columbia overall, even fewer gay, lesbian and bisexual (LGB) teens are involved in sports than 15 years ago, says a new University of British Columbia study. The study is the first of its kind to track sports involvement among LGB youth in Canada and was conducted in collaboration with the youth research nonprofit McCreary Centre Society.

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Whitecaps FC support Pride!

Events

Be a part of the best sporting atmosphere in Vancouver and show your Pride! The Whitecaps FC Pride celebration will go from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be hosted by the one and only Connie Smudge. Everybody’s invited to enjoy an evening of soccer and celebration, including entertainment from the Terminal City Roller Girls, Rain City Ultimate Club, Drag Queen Lip Syncing and a b(qu)eer garden with early bird specials.

3 ways to make your sport environment more inclusive

Best Practices

The invigorating smell of chlorine, high chairs looming over a tiled deck and echoes of boisterous laughter can describe most drop-in sessions at the Aquatic Centre at the West Vancouver Community Centre. However, this past March 23 wasn’t like any other day. This particular Thursday night marked the “Whatever Pool Party”, an all-bodies swim for LGBTQI2S youth and allies.

BC sport sector promotes inclusion in sport at Pride Parade

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This past Sunday (August 6) was the 39th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade where viaSport marched alongside You Can Play, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, B.C. Lions, and provincial sport organizations Curl BC and Judo BC. Under the rainbow balloons and flags was a larger purpose – one where sport organizations across all levels marched together in commitment of making sport a place where all British Columbians feel safe and welcome.

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Parachute announces Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport to protect health of active Canadians

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Concussions in sport are a recognized public health problem because of their frequency of occurrence and their potential short- and long-term consequences. These include cognitive, emotional and physical symptoms, and when left undetected, even death. Parachute Canada (Parachute) works closely with concussion experts from across the country to better understand the most effective prevention, recognition and management strategies for concussion. Parachute is announcing the new Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport.

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Now Open! 2019 Canada Games Mentorship Applications

Coaching

The Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program and Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprentice Program are both accepting applications for mentorship opportunitites at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. Both programs are national initatives, but provide the opportunity for each province and territory to send two coaches in each program to the next Canada Games.

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Casual community cycling ride and festival heads to Vancouver

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Founded by Olympian Charmaine Crooks and Pan Am Games Cyclist Mark Ernsting, Our Cityride brings communities together to celebrate sport for all, while giving back to local charities through their 365 Internaitonal Sport Foundation (365isf.com), as well as contribute to community sport and wellness initiatives.

Team BC ready to take on the nation's best at the 2017 Canada Summer Games

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Team BC is ready to take on the best athletes in the country at the 2017 Canada Summer Games which open in Winnipeg on July 28. 354 athletes, 52 coaches, 27 managers and technical support staff, and 22 mission staff make up Team BC and will proudly represent British Columbia at the Games. Competition will take place in 16 sports against teams from Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. The 2017 Canada Summer Games marks the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games and coincides with Canada’s 150th birthday. Special celebrations in Winnipeg will mark the importance of the Games to our country.

Microsoft & viaSport partner to make sport inclusive

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viaSport British Columbia and Microsoft Canada announce their commitment to creating a more inclusive British Columbia through their recent collaboration on a new online chatbot for sport in B.C., entitled ASH, Accessibility Sport Hub. ASH provides a human-centred technology platform for experts to share their resources with those interested in participating in or improving disability sport experiences.  Both organizations recognize that quality sport and physical activity can have positive social, physical and emotional benefits to those living with a disability. As a result, the purpose of the first phase is to leverage innovative and emergent technology to improve disability inclusion in sport and physical activity.