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viaSport recognizes top coaches for 2016

News Release

Behind every great athlete in British Columbia is a coach deserving of praise. For nearly 20 years, the Coach of the Year Awards has recognized individuals for their relentless contributions to sport, community and the lives of those they impact. Founded by the Coaches Association of B.C. and funded by the Bob Bearpark Foundation, the Coach of the Year Awards were created to recognize the history and dedication to coaching in British Columbia. Each year, B.C.’s best coaches are nominated for their contributions across three categories: Recreational/Grassroots, Regional/Provincial and International. For 2016, viaSport is proud to honour the following three inspiring individuals. 

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Team BC Seeks Female Golf Athletes for  2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG)


The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) oversees the Team BC Program for the North American Indigenous Games. I·SPARC and our Team BC coaches are seeking female (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) golf athletes born 1998 through 2005 to attend a Team BC Golf NAIG Development Camp, to be held at Two Eagles Golf Course in West Kelowna.

Sport fund launched with $50,000 in matching provincial funds


The BC Games Society is creating the Powering Potential Fund to support B.C.'s sport sector, thanks in part to up to $50,000 in matching funds from the B.C. government. The Powering Potential Fund will invest in projects that develop individual athletes, teams, sport organizations and communities. It aims to address the challenges young athletes may face in pursuing high-performance pathways in sport, such as the costs and access to sport facilities or specialized equipment needed in the pursuit of excellence in provincial, national and international competition.

Registration Open for Coach Developer Core Training - Fall 2017 in Victoria


Registration is now open for Coach Developer Core Training courses October 12 - 13, 2017 in Victoria! Courses include Core Training for Learning Facilitators, Core Training for Coach Evaluators and Core Training for Master Coach Developers. All three courses will be held at the Hotel Grand Pacific, and lead up to the viaSport 2017 Coach Developer Conference happening October 13 - 15.

Women in Sport Spotlight: March 2017


In addition to triathlon, Loreen has made invaluable contributions to amateur sport in British Columbia as one of viaSport’s longest-standing Board members. This past year, Loreen actively participated in the comprehensive review of over 60 provincial sport organizations, helping to identify tangible solutions that would strengthen organizational readiness and capability. Her active voice on the Girls and Women Advisory Group has allowed for the strategic development and implementation of gender equity in sport and physical activity across the province. Put quite simply, Loreen has been, and continues to be, a relentless champion in the creation of opportunities for others to thrive through sport.

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Improving your speed

Best Practices

Speed is needed in every sport. A football receiver needs it to run down a pass, a baseball player needs it to run the bases or track down a fly ball, a tennis player needs it to return a serve. It is important to maintain your speed training throughout the year so your muscles and nervous system always keep the feeling of moving fast. You can develop this skill using sprint drills - an effective way to train your body to move quickly.


B.C. and I·SPARC Honour Provincial Recipients of Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport


The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Government of British Columbia, created the Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport to highlight the incredible achievements of Aboriginal youth athletes in the province. The second-annual awards honour Aboriginal athletes under 25 years of age who have achieved excellence in performance sport, are regarded for their leadership qualities, are committed to a higher education, and are recognized as community role models both on and off the field.

Get paid to play - apply now!


In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, ParticipACTION revealed the 150 Play List earlier this year with 150 activities that uniquely define us as Canadians. The 150 Play List is Canada’s physical-activity movement of 2017, inspiring Canadians everywhere to sit less and move more through a variety of different ways to get active. The ParticipACTION 150 Play List is a collaborative effort supported by the Government of Canada, premier corporate partners Manulife, Chevrolet and Shaw, the Government of B.C., the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador and national media partner Corus.

Right where I belong


60% of the human body. 75% of the human brain. 100% of Alexa Loo’s soul. As an athlete, Alexa was well acquainted with the thirst-quenching abilities of water. However, her familiarity with the liquid transcended beyond these basic properties. Immersing herself within its natural elements, Alexa competed in both swimming and rowing as a UBC Thunderbird. Her natural affinity with water eventually led her to the snow-covered mountains in Turin, Italy as a snowboarder on the national team. Needless to say, water satisfied Alexa Loo’s soul. 

Host cities announced for BC Winter and BC Summer Games


Fort St. John, Maple Ridge, Greater Vernon and Prince George have been announced as host cities for the 2020 and 2022 BC Winter and Summer Games. These games bring together athletes, coaches, officials, spectators and visitors, and result in significant economic benefits to the regions over the four days of competition.

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