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Kamloops Indoor GranFondo and Family Festival Tournament Capital Centre - February 8, 2016
Take on a high energy indoor cycling event and register for the Kamloops Indoor Granfondo February 8th, 2016 TODAY!
Participants can ride stationary for 2 to 6 hours on bike trainers or spin bikes, while raising valuable funds for the MS Society of Canada.

Take in the various FREE family activities throughout the day and be sure to stop by our PacificSport KidZONE! For more information go to
Kamloops Sport Council's Annual Athletic Awards: Nomination DEADLINE is Feb. 1st

The Kamloops Sport Council 24th Annual Athletic Awards will once again celebrate the very best in local sports.

To qualify for the annual Athletic Awards, any nominee, able bodied or with a disability, who has made a significant contribution to sport(s) in the 2015 calendar year is eligible.

Award Categories:
Coach of the year Sponsored by CFJC TV-7
Female Athlete of the year Sponsored by the LN Group
Male Athlete of the year Sponsored by Kamloops Minor Baseball Association
Master Athlete of the year (50+) Sponsored by the LN Group
Team of the year Sponsored by Kamloops Blazers Sports Legacy Fund
Sports Person of the year Sponsored by Dolson’s Source for Sports
University Award Sponsored by TRU Athletics Department /Wolf Pack
International Excellence Award Sponsored by PacificSport – Interior BC

To download the nomination form please click here. For more information please call the Sports Council Office at 250-828-3822.

Influencing Change for Women

Influencing Change is a 3 hour workshop designed to help girls and women recognize and improve basic leadership skills, enhance individual networks and build stronger communities of women in leadership roles. Influencing Change is a fun, interactive workshop with a lot of “Ah-ha” that will positively change the way you see yourself and the role you play in supporting others.

You will learn:
  • Habits that Limit your Influence
  • Tips on Being Heard
  • 8 Step Change Model
  • Different “Change Styles”
CAAWS is the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women, Sport and Physical Activity whose mission is to encourage leadership in girls and women.

The Influencing Change workshop facilitator is Niki Remesz, owner of Uniquely Inspired Marketing. Niki is an active volunteer and student mentor at Thompson Rivers University. Although a leadership advocate for all people, Niki is a CAAWS workshop facilitator helping to promote leadership engagement for girls and women in all facets of their lives.
Saturday, February 20th
9:00 am - 12:00pm
Kamloops TCC Meeting Room
16+ year of age
Contact Carolynn to register at 250 828-3344.

Grant Opportunities

Local Sport Program Development Fund

The Local Sport Program Development (LSPD) Fund makes community sport more accessible to people of all abilities. LSPD funding is awarded to sport programs delivered by non-profit organizations which include local sport organizations, municipalities, and Aboriginal communities.

Deadline: Thursday February 18, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST

Funding for Girls and Women in Sports

Founded by ProMOTION Plus and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), the Girls Only and Forever Active Bodies (FAB) 55+ grants are part of an overarching funding program geared towards the development of sport opportunities that inspire girls and women to get active in British Columbia.

Deadline: Thursday February 18, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST

Hosting BC

The Province of BC continues to invest in event hosting through the Hosting BC grant program to facilitate economic and community development brought forth through notable sporting events.

Deadline: Thursday February 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST

Visit viaSport - Grants for more information. 

2016 Equipment Grant Program - Spring Release

The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council’s (Partners Council) Spring Release of the 2016 Equipment Grant Program offers First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Aboriginal Friendships Centres across British Columbia the opportunity to apply for funds to purchase sport, recreation and/or physical activity equipment. The equipment must be used to promote healthy active lifestyles by reducing barriers and increasing access to sport, recreation and physical activity programs.

This Provincial release of the Equipment Grant Program is delivered through the Partners Council’s Provincial Selection Committee, inclusive of the Northwest, Northeast, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island. This Committee will be responsible for evaluating the applications submitted by communities/organizations from all regions and awarding the grants.

Please read the Application Guidelines below before proceeding to complete the form:
EG 2016 Spring Application Form
•The deadline for Equipment Grant Applications is 5 pm (PST), Friday, February 19th, 2016.
Upload with your application:
1) Official purchase quote or statement from retailer(s), vendor, or distributor
2) Letter(s) of support

For more information contact Megan Boddy by phone at 250-388-5522 ext, 240 for by email.


Open to all Sport Organizations, Athletes, Coaches, Parents and Weekend Warriors!
Workshops are FREE for all IPS and PacificSport­-registered athletes and coaches; HOWEVER, you must still register via email with Eryn (for headcount) at
Sports First Aid with SportMedBC
February 20, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Kamloops, BC
Cost: $90
Register at

Developing Characteristics of a Winning Team
February 25, 2016 
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Kamloops, BC

Cost $20
Course ID: 250482

Healthy Meals & Snacks: Interactive Cooking Workshop
March 9, 2016
Kamloops, BC

Cost: $20
Course ID: 250383

To register call (250) 828-3500 or register through


Community Sport Modules

Fundamental Movement Skills
April 16, 2016
Kamloops, BC
Cost: FREE! Due to grant. Don't miss this opportunity!
Course ID: 250132 

Competitive Introduction Modules

Making Ethical Decisions
February 11, 2016
5:30pm - 9:30pm
Kamloops, BC
Cost: $49
Course ID: 250337

Basic Mental Skills
March 15, 2016 
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Kamloops, BC
Cost: $45
Course ID: 250338

Planning a Practice
April 16, 2016
Kamloops, BC
Cost: $80
Course ID: 2503339
Competitive Development Modules

Developing Athletic Abilities
January 29 and 30, 2016
Friday - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Cost: $90
Course ID: 250342

Managing Conflict
February 19, 2016
Kamloops, BC
5:30pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $45
Course ID: 250340, 
REGISTER AT: (250) 828-3500 or
Coaches Corner Lunch & Learn

These casual lunch & learn events are a great opportunity for Coaches, Sport Administrators and anyone else interested in these coach education topics to learn from presenters in various fields and network with other coaches. We meet every 2 months, usually on the 2nd Thursday of the month. There is no fee to attend; however, if you'd like a bite to eat, that's on you. We wish we could treat our community coaches to lunch every time we meet!!
2016 Dates
  • March 10, 2016 – Larry Read - Marketing Yourself and Your Sport on Social Media
  • May 12, 2016 - TBA
Frick and Frack Restaurant & Taphouse, 577 Victoria Street in Kamloops, from 12:00pm -1:00pm. Pre-register at
Kids Programs and Camps

XploreSportZ Pro D Day Camps - Kamloops

Participants aged 7-12 get to spend the week learning traditional
and non-traditional sports that are led by certified coaches .
With an emphasis on Olympic values,our campers have fun and learn
about the importance of sport and physical activity.Two n
ut-free snacks will be provided.

Date: February 19th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Tournament Capital Centre
Cost: $25 per child

Call: 250-828-3500 to register and quote course #249686

XploreSportZ Spring Break Camps - Kamloops

Participants aged 7-12 get to spend the day learning traditional and non-traditional sports that are led by certified coaches. The camp is in partnership with the Kamloops Curling Club. Kids will learn the fundamentals of curling each day as well as a second sport. Two nut-free snacks each day and a camp t-shirt are provided.

Date: March 21st to 24th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Kamloops Curling Club and Stuart Wood Elementary School
Cost: $150 per child ($130 for additional children in same family)
Course #249734
Call 250-828-3500 to register

Date: March 29th to April 1st
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Kamloops Curling Club and Stuart Wood Elementary School
Cost: $150 per child ($130 for additional children in same family)
Course #249735
Call: 250-828-3500 to register

XploreSportZ Girlz Only Pro D Day Camp - Kamloops

In this fun, non-competitive, skill-based environment, girls ages 7-12 get to try a different sport or activity. A certified female coach will introduce the girls to the skills and games relating to their sport. You will get a chance to improve your athletic skills while making new friends.

Date: February 19th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Stuart Wood Elementary School
Cost: $25 per child
Call: 250-828-3500 to register and quote course #249732

For more information contact Katie Klassen, Sport Participation Coordinator, Kamloops Office or call 250-828-3346.

XploreSportz Pro D Day Camps - Merritt

Snack is provided. Children must bring their own nut-free lunch, gym strip, bathing suit and towel. A fun introduction to new sports! Ages 7+ years.

Date: February 19th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Cost: $25 per child

Call: 250-315-1050 to register

XploreSportz Spring Break Camps - Merritt

Snack is provided. Children must bring their own nut-free lunch, gym strip, bathing suit and towel. A fun introduction to new sports!

Date: March 14th to March 18th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Cost: $150/week per child, $130/week for siblings or $35/day

Call: 250-315-1050 to register

Date: March 21st to March 24th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Cost: $150/week per child, $130/week for siblings or $35/day

Call: 250-315-1050 to register

Register for both weeks and pay $250/wk, $210/sibling.

For more information contact Josee Warren, Sport Development Coordinator, Merritt Office  or call 250-315-1075.

Easy Reading For The Active Mind

Preparing for the Future - Building leadership skills in young women - SIRC Blog

Young girls today have quite a few options to choose from when deciding which sport they wish to dedicate their time and effort to, particularly regarding sports that have traditionally been reserved for boys. While the number of girls in sport is growing and the gender gap is getting smaller, there is still a noticeable absence of women in sport leadership positions.Read full article here.

Role Model Spotlight: Travis Gerrits - Active for Life

Among our Active for Life Role Models, we have some incredible elite athletes. Travis Gerrits is an aerial ski jumper who spends most of his days upside down doing flips in the air.

Travis is a great role model because in his own words, “I love to embrace the incredible opportunities life throws at us and aspire to find the abnormal in an average day.” We love the endless capacity he has for fun and adventure and know that he will inspire kids and help them understand that risky play begins in your own backyard. Read full article here.

SIRC Knowledge Nugget: The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice

The notion of greatness and how to achieve it is hotly contested debate. Check out this article examining the evidence behind the debate, and the relationship between practice and achieving greatness. Read Full Article here



IGNITE Athlete Development Program

We are pleased to welcome and announce the new IGNITE Athlete Development Program Members for the Winter 2016/17 session which will run Feb 2016 – Feb 2017!

  • Jax Anderson, 12, Lacrosse,/Snowboard
  • Connor Barrett, 13, Lacrosse/Snowboard
  • Caleb Campbell, 12, Lacrosse/Soccer
  • Jackson Steed, 12, Lacrosse/Snowboard
  • Millan Webster, 12, Lacrosse/Soccer
This group of boys have all played on Team BC for lacrosse and bring with them a multi-sport background and commitment to further developing their athletic development beyond the field of play. Welcome!
The IGNITE Athlete Development program is delivered by experienced specialists and with the aim of building complete champions. The program introduces young athletes to a high-performance lifestyle by improving their athleticism and physical literacy through a multi-sport training program, focusing on three movement streams:
  • Strength Training
  • Gymnastics
  • Sprint Training
For those interested in applying to this training program, our next intake period is in September.  Application Deadline is August 15th, 2016.  See our website for more information here

Congratulations to Dr. John Hogg - Recipient of the CAC's Geoff Gowan Award

Dr. John Hogg (middle), the 2015 recipient of the Coaching Association of Canada's Geoff Gowan Award, which recognizes lifetime contribution to coaching development. This reflects on his 30 year coaching career working with many Olympians and high performance athletes and coaches. Congratulations!  

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Athlete Highlights

Congratulation to Karla Thompson, who is off to the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship, which runs in Grand Prairie from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20. Good luck with your team! Read article here. 

Molly Miller was named to the roster for X-Country Ski Canada’s Junior B-Tour Team, which will compete at the German National Championships in Oberhof, Germany, and the OPA Continental Cup in Campra, Switzerland. Good Luck! Read article here.

Wishing best of success to Interior BC gymnast, Scott Nabata, who is off to Elite Canada in Halifax on Feb. 3. Read article here.

Congrats and best wishes for continued success this race season to Sun Peaks Racers Coach Montana Molyneux, and IGNITE U16 squad athletes/ski racers Beckett Hooton, Emily Whitecross, Joel Elias, Liam Applegath (Alumni) & Josh Jacoby (Alumni)!!

Well done to swimmers, Megan Dalke and Colin Gilbert. Season-to-date PB's in Texas this month.  Next up, Olympic Trials in April!  Read article here

Good luck to Interior BC speed skater, Josie Spence, Jan. 29-31 in Norway. She's hoping to earn a spot on Canada's World Championships Team, competing Feb. 11-14 in Russia. Read article here.

How fortunate is Kamloops to have soon-to-be 3-time Olympian, Catharine Pendrel, in this new role as president of Kamloops Bike Riders Association? Thank you, Catharine, for giving back to our sport community in this way! Read article here.

Congratulations to Interior BC field lacrosse players, U18's Ryan Dergousoff & Kordell Primus, and IGNITE Squad Members/U13's Jax Anderson, Connor Barrett, Caleb Campbell, Jackson Steed & Millan Webster for their success in San Diego representing Team BC! Read article here

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