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You Can Play & viaSport partner to make sport inclusive

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A recent study of B.C. youth indicated that gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens are half as likely to play sports as their straight peers[1].  To create an inclusive and welcoming sport sector for the LGBTQI2S community in B.C., viaSport has partnered with the You Can Play Project. viaSport is leading the B.C. sport sector to create a culture of awareness and inclusivity, and You Can Play is an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity or expression.  This partnership is the first of its kind in Canada, and B.C. is the first province to partner with the You Can Play Project.

viaSport recognizes top coaches for 2016

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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. 

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

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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.

BC-based viaSport receives National Award for Excellence

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Last week, viaSport B.C. made history when the not for profit organization was honoured with a national award for its exemplary contribution to sport, the first time ever an organization of its kind has received this award.

B.C Paralympians Showcase Diversity in Sport

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B.C. is sending 44 Paralympic athletes to Rio, 27% of the 162 athletes on Team Canada. These athletes vary from 16 to 59 years of age, hail from 20 geographic regions across the province and will be participating in 14 of the 23 Paralympic sporting events.  

B.C. boasts strong athlete contingent for Rio

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There are 142 athletes, 45% of the national team, with a connection to B.C. on the Canadian Olympic team heading to Rio. This is the largest percentage of national team athletes with an affiliation to B.C. in recent history. To assist athletes in attaining their goals, B.C’s unique approach to sport development ensures young athletes and coaches from every corner of the province have the opportunity to achieve their best in sport.

14 BC Coaches selected for Mentorship Program at the 2016 BC Summer Games

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Fourteen coaches from six BC communities have been chosen to participate in the BC Games Coach Mentorship Program as part of the Abbotsford 2016 BC Summer Games. A partnership initiative between viaSport and the BC Games Society, the mentorship program pairs apprentice and mentor coaches for unique hands-on experience and training at the Games.

Sport in BC celebrated at Olympic Day

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viaSport, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, the BC Games Society, and SportMedBC are all lead organizations in the sport sector and were pleased to form a partnership in the name of fun and physical activity for over 3,500 children.  Also in attendance were many Provincial Sport Organizations and sponsors, all providing unique experiences to inspire this next generation to participate in sport.

viaSport recruits new board members to support its vision of an active, healthy British Columbia

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Now in its fifth year, viaSport British Columbia is continuing to deliver on its mandate to increase awareness, opportunity and participation in sport across the province – at every stage of life and in every community. As part of furthering this strategy, viaSport is proud to announce the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors

Accessibility initiative brings Paralympic Schools Week to Northern B.C.

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Paralympic Schools Week kicks off today with events taking place in provinces throughout the country, including British Columbia. This national celebration of parasport and the Paralympic movement is aimed at promoting a healthy, active lifestyle for all Canadians. 

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