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Coaches Week: Building a lifetime love for exercise


In her final year of high school, Crystal Thomas had one goal: to attend the BC Summer Games. She doesn’t remember the specifics, but recalls competing at the Summer Games for modern pentathlon which consists of swimming, fencing, running, shooting and stadium jumping. Since 2004, she’s taken a number of athletes from northern B.C. to attend the Games, just like she once did.

Coaches Week: Home is where a coach's heart is


The beauty of sport lies in the different ways that one can get involved. You can choose to play pick-up games. You can join an organized league with friends. You can dedicate more than three quarters of your life to reach the Olympic stage.  

For Dylan Armstrong, his involvement has always been the latter

Coaches Week: Full-time coaching? It's never too late


“Don’t give up.”

It’s these three words that encouraged Brandon Archer to begin his pursuit of coaching full-time. After having a heart attack last year, he promptly quit his other profession. The stress was simply not worth the negative effects on his health.

What LGBTQI2S athletes desire: an authentic identity


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. 

Women in Sport Spotlight: April 2017


As the Manager of Program Development at BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (BCWBS), Makiko Harada would disagree with this particular definition of wheelchair basketball based on how the hard-hitting sport resonates with her. When asked to use one word to describe the sport, it’s simply the word “sport” that rings true. 

Leading Sport: Cultivating Curiosity to Realize Vision


Leadership in sport is a practice and not a position. Unlike traditional organizations where leveraging positional authority is used to motivate people, the sport leaders I interact with strive to inspire and guide independent local sport organizations through vision, influence, and persistence. While this community-based drive and passion is what sustains sport, it is also what makes leadership challenging for provincial sport executives and managers.

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.

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. 

The pieces we leave behind


Because programs didn't exist for children with intellectual disabilities to engage in sport, Eunice took it upon herself to hold a summer day camp in her very own backyard. Fifty years later, her camp has evolved into a global movement known as Special Olympics. Without her, 4.2 million athletes around the world would not be participating in sport today, including Special Olympics British Columbia (SOBC) athlete, Paige Norton.

The power of pain


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.