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New NCCP module Coaching Athletes with a Disability launches Sept. 21!

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To ensure that all athletes experience a positive, safe, and inclusive sport experience, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) has developed the National Coaching Certification Program’s (NCCP) Coaching Athletes with a Disability eLearning module. To celebrate Canada’s 150th, Coaching Athletes with a Disability NCCP training is available for FREE throughout 2017!

Nominate an outstanding woman in B.C. sport

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Do you know a woman who has brought about significant positive change in the world of physical activity, sport and recreation in BC through their actions, passions, and commitment for the advancement of girls and women in sport?  Please take this opportunity to nominate her for this prestigious award.

She shoots, she scores! Female hockey on the rise in B.C.

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With four gold medals achieved by the Canadian women’s national ice hockey team at the last four Winter Olympic Games, it’s no wonder that female ice hockey is on the rise in British Columbia. The sport’s ever-growing popularity can also be accredited to the prominence of strong female role models such as Hayley Wickenheiser and the increase in televised female hockey games. With more opportunities for females to play, coach, and referee hockey, support for equality towards Canada’s official winter sport is more apparent than before.

Coach Developer Conference: Develop yourself to develop others

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Kate Kloos is currently the Manager of Coach Development at viaSport BC. She encourages all NCCP Coach Developers to attend the 2017 Coach Developer Conference, a multi-sport event with the opportunity to network and gain invaluable experience from sport leaders across Canada representing a variety of sports.

Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Heil Joins viaSport to Advance Sport Across B.C.

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Jennifer Heil, Olympic gold and silver medalist in Freestyle Mogul skiing joins viaSport as VP of Sport Development. As a life-long sport veteran, Heil understands first-hand how the importance of sport and physical activity reaches far beyond the playing field – that it is a significant building block for an individual’s overall well-being and success.

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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.

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.

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.