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viaSport news releases cover a variety of important amateur sport announcements that have been shared with local and province-wide media.

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B.C. Secures Federal Funding to Advance Disability Inclusion in Sport

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To increase the quality of experience and opportunities in sport and physical activity for people living with a disability, UBC's School of Kinesiology and viaSport have received federal funding to study disability inclusion in the B.C. sport sector.

Close to 50% of Canadian Paralympic Team has a Connection to B.C.

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There are 24 athletes with connections to B.C. competing in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games, which twice as many as those who competed at Sochi 2014. 

B.C. Sport Sector Tackles Bullying and Harassment with Investment from the Province

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With a $50 000 investment from the Province of British Columbia, we're committed to working with the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to ensure athletes and coaches are safe in sport. 

Indigenous athletes in B.C. continue to benefit from Vancouver 2010's Olympic legacy

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viaSport, in partnership with the West Vancouver Community Foundation, has launched a new High Performance Athlete Assistance Grant to assist B.C. amateur athletes of Indigenous ancestry in their pursuit of excellence in sport.

More than a Quarter of Team Canada’s Athletes are from B.C.

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Noteworthy, considering that B.C. only accounts for 13% of the country's population. Go, Canada, go!

B.C. Sport Sector Unites to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse in Sport

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B.C. is taking a stand against child abuse in sport. Led by viaSport B.C., a spectrum of B.C. sport organizations will align on Tuesday for a full day of education and planning to advance child protection within sport in the province. The event is the first of its’ kind in Canada and puts B.C. at the forefront of the movement to address the issue of sexual misconduct within sport.

Celebrating coaches in B.C – #ThanksCoach

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The government of British Columbia has proclaimed Sept. 23 – 30, 2017, as British Columbia Coaches Week, recognizing the impact of the more than 10,000 coaches in the province.

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.

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.

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.