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  • Carl Valentine
    In 1976, 17-year-old Carl Valentine made his professional debut with the Oldham Athletic Association Football Club in England. That same year, Carl Valentine got punched in the gut by his coach. What seems like an atrocity of an action committed by his coach... Read More...
  • BCGamesLegacyFunds-Penticton
    Making a direct impact on sports in Penticton, $62,000 in Legacy Funds was disbursed to local groups from the organizers of the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games. The BC Winter Games brought 1,700 athletes, coaches, and officials to Penticton and area in... Read More...
  • Brent Hayden
    Q: Who won Canada’s first gold medals at both the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro?  A: Penny Oleksiak and Aurélie Rivard. Q: What sport did they compete in? A: Swimming. Q: [Insert Beyoncé] Who run the world? A: Swimmers. Not an... Read More...
  • Elisabeth Walker-Young
    You come home after school one day to an elusive package with your name on it. After a relentless struggle with the packaging, your eyes are laid upon all that you’ve ever hoped for: Team Canada clothing.   You’re excited as ever to put on your gear. To see... Read More...
  • Shaunna Taylor_v2
    You can't be what you can't see Canadian Olympic Committee President, Tricia Smith. Canadian Paralympic Committee CEO, Karen O’Neill. Own The Podium CEO, Anne Merklinger. Canadian Coaching Association CEO, Lorraine Lafreniere. viaSport CEO, Sheila Bouman. At... Read More...
  • Evan Dunfee & Hirooki
    “I will sleep soundly tonight, and for the rest of my life, knowing I made the right decision. I will never allow myself to be defined by the accolades I receive, rather the integrity I carry through life.” Half a year ago, Evan Dunfee became a household name... Read More...
  • #ERASEbullying
    Vancouver, B.C. - In a province-wide call to action, provincial sport organizations are being asked to erase bullying in sport by making it a more inclusive and safe environment. viaSport and the Government of British Columbia are encouraging all provincial... Read More...
  • Sheila Bouman congratulating Regional/Provincial winner, Paul Tardi
    Do you know an outstanding coach? viaSport wants to hear from you! Nominations for the viaSport 2016 Coach of the Year Awards are now open until Tuesday, February 28. These awards were founded by the Coaches Association of BC, and are funded by the Bob... Read More...

The power of pain

Profiles

In 1976, 17-year-old Carl Valentine made his professional debut with the Oldham Athletic Association Football Club in England. That same year, Carl Valentine got punched in the gut by his coach. What seems like an atrocity of an action committed by his coach didn’t cause Carl to bat an eyelid. Nor did he feel the need to raise the issue with his parents.

Sport organizations benefit from Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games Legacy Funds

News

Making a direct impact on sports in Penticton, $62,000 in Legacy Funds was disbursed to local groups from the organizers of the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games. The BC Winter Games brought 1,700 athletes, coaches, and officials to Penticton and area in February of 2016 to participate in 17 different sports, including four sports for athletes with a disability.

When escaping is no longer safe

Profiles

With fourteen podium finishes comprising just over a quarter of all the medals won at the Games, the sport of swimming dove to a deserving place of respect for Canadian sport enthusiasts alike. That being said, swimming hasn’t always garnered the same amount of admiration that it has today, as evident by snippets of Olympian Brent Hayden’s experience growing up.

From vulnerability to vigilance

Profiles

These incidents may have occurred 15 years ago, but Elisabeth is aware of how negative experiences continue to linger in sport today. How the issue of bullying in sport goes beyond kids bullying one another, or the good athletes bullying the poor athletes. As the Manager of Inclusion at viaSport, Elisabeth has also seen and worked with a fair share of those in the sport sector exhibiting bullying behaviour. It’s hard for her to swallow, especially when adults should essentially know better.

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Province welcomes the Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships

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More than 100 athletes, coaches, and support staff from 17 countries around the world have arrived at Big White Ski Resort to compete in the Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships, thanks in part to $165,000 provided by the Government of British Columbia. The championships, running Feb. 1-8, 2017, is the first World Para Snowboard Championships to be held in North America since its debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The event includes men’s and women’s snowboard-cross and banked slalom events.

Women in Sport Spotlight: January 2017

Profiles

Canadian Olympic Committee President, Tricia Smith. Canadian Paralympic Committee CEO, Karen O’Neill. Own The Podium CEO, Anne Merklinger. Canadian Coaching Association CEO, Lorraine Lafreniere. viaSport CEO, Sheila Bouman.

At first glance, these names may not come off as being particularly striking. However, these names are a proud representation of how far Canadian women have come to hold pivotal positions in the sport world for Shaunna Taylor. Currently Executive Director for PacificSport Okanagan and a high performance sport consultant, Shaunna has dedicated her life to advocate the message of sport and all that it stands for.

The selfish pursuit of greatness

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“I will sleep soundly tonight, and for the rest of my life, knowing I made the right decision. I will never allow myself to be defined by the accolades I receive, rather the integrity I carry through life.”

Half a year ago, Evan Dunfee became a household name after his first Olympic appearance and a grueling 50km walk. His choice to refrain from an appeal not only inspired a nation and beyond, but also gave a much needed reminder of why we participate in sport. Why medals don’t equate to the true nature of competing in sport.

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Immediate injuries need immediate P.R.I.C.E.

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When you suffer an injury, the first 48 hours is the most important. This first phase of healing is called the acute phase, when blood rushes to the area to fix the problem. The body naturally experiences heat, pain, redness and swelling to protect itself. A change in colour and a stiff joint are also signs of injury. Chronic injuries are different than acute because they are nagging aches and pains that get worse over time. Both acute and chronic type injuries can be painful and prevent the body from healing.

B.C. sport organizations stand together to erase bullying in sport

News Release

In a province-wide call to action, provincial sport organizations are being asked to erase bullying in sport by making it a more inclusive and safe environment. viaSport and the Government of British Columbia are encouraging all provincial sport organizations to sign a Declaration of Commitment to erase bullying in sport throughout B.C. Those who sign the Declaration are committing to foster a positive sport environment with mechanisms in place to effectively prevent and address bullying in sport.

2017 Coach Developer Core Training Courses Dates Released

Coaching

Coach Developer Core Training dates are now released and open for registration for 2017! Courses are scheduled for across BC, which involves Core Training for Learning Facilitators, Core Training for Coach Evaluators and Core Training for Master Coach Developers.

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