PyeongChang 2018, here we come!
The Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang are starting soon - February 9-25 - and we couldn’t be more excited, particularly since 63 of Team Canada’s athletes have a connection to British Columbia. This equates to a remarkable 28% Canada’s Olympic Team being linked to B.C., an impressive number considering the province only makes up 13% of the Canadian population.
This is also a significant increase from the 19% of B.C. connected athletes who competed at Sochi 2014, highlighting that more and more athletes and National Sport Organizations are choosing to live and train in British Columbia. With sustained investment from Sport Canada (through the Own the Podium Program), National Sport Organizations and the Province of British Columbia, the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific), viaSport and its Regional Alliance partners play an integral role in supporting young athletes and coaches from every corner of the province in attaining their goals.
Specifically, B.C. athletes competing in this Winter Olympics are coming from 16 geographically diverse B.C. communities, a direct result of the province’s commitment to make community sport accessible to all British Columbians. By creating the environment to participate locally, athletes have the opportunity to develop in many different sports. Those athletes who pursue the performance pathway can access programs and services provided by CSI Pacific and viaSport’s Regional Alliance partners in their regions.
This level of support from across the province produces powerful results. During the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, Canada took home a record 22 medals, of which an incredible 50% were won by B.C. affiliated athletes. B.C. athletes are looking to make a similar mark on the slopes and in the rinks in PyeongChang.
There are numerous reasons for B.C.’s prominent position on the national sport landscape. These include:
- The Government of British Columbia’s annual investment in sport of approximately $50 million
- viaSport’s lead role in promoting and developing amateur sport and building a stronger, more effective and inclusive sport system for both athletes and coaches through provincial sport organizations and regional delivery partners
- Canadian Sport Institute Pacific’s technical leadership and support of Canada’s high performance athletes and coaches. Using their mantra of Collaborate. Serve. Innovate. In combination with world-class training facilities, equipment and innovations, CSI Pacific helps Canada’s elite athletes and coaches maximize their potential
- Collaboration with our National Sport Organization and Provincial Sport Organization partners, who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the Long Term Athlete Development model, to provide expertise, service and support to B.C. athletes and coaches competing in 11 different Olympic Winter sports (17 different disciplines)
- Introduction to multi-sport games experience and the sport excellence system by BC Games Society who host the BC Summer Games and Winter Games and manage the Team BC program at the Canada Games
Quick Facts about Team Canada’s B.C. connection for PyeongChang 2018:
- 49 athletes benefitted from CSI Pacific and viaSport Regional Alliance partner services
- 19 athletes are BC Games or Team BC alumni (16 are BC Games alumni, 15 are Team BC alumni and 12 competed at both)
- 18 coaches have a connection to B.C.
- Team Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, Chief Doctor and two other medical practitioners are registered with SportMedBC
- Five CSI Pacific sport scientists from three different disciplines, as well as one communications professional attending as media
CSI Pacific will be keeping you up to date on the progress of all athletes with a B.C. connection competing at PyeongChang 2018. Visit www.csipacific.ca for daily results from these athletes, as well as additional information about them, including their hometowns, social media channels and competition schedules.
“We are extremely proud to work with so many amazing athletes living and training here in British Columbia,” says CSI Pacific CEO Wendy Pattenden. “Having watched them work so hard for these Games, we can’t wait to see their performances in South Korea. It’s particularly gratifying to see the number of athletes increasing with every set of Games.”
”The number of B.C. athletes representing Team Canada in PyeongChang is a direct result of the strong provincial sport system viaSport is guiding,” states viaSport CEO, Sheila Bouman. “These kind of results would not happen without the positive first experiences in sport offered through the provincial and local sport organizations.”
With the BC Winter Games slated to take place in Kamloops February 22-25, there is more than just the Olympics on the landscape for B.C. sports this month! As well, the Paralympic Winter Games are just around the corner with Opening Ceremonies on March 9.Once Canada’s Paralympic Team is announced, we will also share the B.C. athlete details with you.
Your continued support of B.C.’s sport system is greatly appreciated. Each of you has supported our athletes and coaches throughout the province to get to where they are, and are currently helping others achieve their goals, as well. You are all an important part of B.C.’s Olympic success.