"It Takes a Community to Build a Champion"

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Eleven Multi-Sport Partners Form Alliance to Grow Sport in BC
The collective aims to enrich lives and energize communities via sport

Such an exciting announcement for BC Sport!

Together, with 10 other multi-sport leaders, we have formed the viaSport Regional Alliance partnership. This is a game-changer for sport and physical activity delivery across the province.

“It’s an exciting time in sport to expand the regional delivery network in our great province,” says Carolynn Boomer, Executive Director for PacificSport Interior BC. “We want to continue to ignite our communities both big and small to create more opportunities for our citizens to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles. It truly takes a community to build a champion and we want to shape our partnerships to embrace the magic of sport and physical activity.  

Read full Media Release here

Kamloops Indoor Grandfondo and Family Day Festival

That’s a wrap!  Over $7,100 was raised for Multiple Sclerosis research, programs, and services through the Indoor Granfondo Cycling fundraiser, by close to 40 riders. Thank you so much to the 1,800 people who came out to the festival, and of course thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, and all the great organizations that made the day such a great success.
2016 BC Winter Games
The torch was extinguished at the Closing Ceremony as the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games came to an end on Sunday, February 28th. Penticton was praised for their volunteers, venues and hospitality during the 2016 BC Winter Games.  Congratulations to all of our Zone 2 Athletes, Coaches, Officials and Volunteers for a job well done! For complete results, go to BC Games website here

Grant Opportunities

BC Sport Participation Program

The BC Sport Participation Program (BCSPP) is a sport participation funding program for province-wide projects that attract children and youth, Aboriginal people, seniors and people with disabilities to lead active and healthy lifestyles through involvement in sport.

Deadline: Thursday March 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST

Professional Development Fund for Advancing Gender Equity in Sport
The Professional Development Fund for advancing gender equity in sport looks to build leadership throughout B.C. by providing funding for individuals to attend courses, conferences or alternative training that enhances their knowledge and skills in this area. 

Deadline: Thursday March 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST

#LeveltheField Inspiring Change Grant

Registered participants of the five viaSport #LevelTheField: Inspiring Change Workshops in February and March 2016 are eligible to apply for a grant opportunity to fund community initiatives that encourage gender equity in sport.
Deadline: Saturday April 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST
2016 Sport Performance Workshops

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

Course ID: 250383


Developing Characteristics of a Winning Team
March 10, 2016
Kamloops, BC
Course ID: 250482

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

2016 NCCP & Coach Education

Community Sport Modules

Fundamental Movement Skills
March 16th and March 17th
Merritt, BC
Cost: Free!
Register at Civic Centre 250-315-1050 or Aquatic Centre 250-378-6662

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

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

Planning a Practice
April 16, 2016
8:30am - 4:30pm
Kamloops, BC
Cost: $80
Course ID: 2503339
Competitive Development Modules

Prevention & Recovery
May 7, 2016
8:30am - 4:30pm
Kamloops, BC
Cost: $85
Course ID: 255384

Registration opens on March 9th. 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.

Larry Read - Marketing Yourself and Your Sport on Social Media
March 10, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Frick and Frack Restaurant & Taphouse
577 Victoria Street in Kamloops

Upcoming Dates

May 12, 2016 - Dave Freeze - Mental Training
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: April 4th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Pacific Way Elementary
Cost: $25 per child

Call: 250-828-3500 to register and quote course #249

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.

Two nut-free snacks each day and a camp t-shirt are provided.

Date: March 21st to 24th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Stuart Wood Elementary School
Cost: $120 per child ($104 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: Stuart Wood Elementary School
Cost: $120 per child ($104 for additional children in same family)
Course #249735
Call: 250-828-3500 to register

XploreSportZ Active Star Camp - Kamloops

Discover and enjoy different activities and sports that incorporate a variety of body movement. Out camps deliver fundamental movement skill development though a combination of well structured and unstructured play in a safe, fun and active environment. For ages 4-6 years old.

Includes a camp T-shirt and two healthy nut free snacks per day.

Date: March 21st to 24th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Lloyd George Elementary School
Cost: $60 half day $120/full day
Course #250032
Call 250-828-3500 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

6 Steps to Teaching Sportsmanship to Kids

My soccer teams have always been known for good sportsmanship. Through the years, coaches and parents from other teams have often told me that they like to play my teams, even when we beat them in competition, because my kids are basically “nice”. That says something.

What makes my players nice? In a nutshell, I coach them to play to win, but always honestly and fairly. Compete as athletes. Train hard, and then win by using your superior skill, fitness, and intelligence. Don’t compete with personal insults, or dirty fouls, or vulgar chants. We’re not about “winning at all costs”.

It’s about honoring everyone and learning what respect really means. Most people will agree that good sportsmanship means honoring everyone on the field of competition, including opponents, officials, parents, spectators, ourselves. However, not all kids learn this.

How can we teach our kids sportsmanship?

Read full article here.

Addressing Barriers to Physical Activity

Being physically active is such an important part of everyday life. Research has shown that being physically active goes a long way in helping prevent many different diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and depression. Despite this research, statistics show that children and adults are not as physically active as they should be.

Why aren’t we seeing healthy levels of participation? There may be some barriers that are presenting stumbling blocks for children and adults to participate in sport and physical activity.

Read full article here.


The 2017 Canada Summer Games are less than 18 months away! It is sure to be the "Hottest Summer in Half a Century" as the best athletes in the country meet in Winnipeg to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games as well as Canada's 150th Birthday.
Do you want to join the action and be part of Team BC?

We are looking for enthusiastic and experienced people to serve as volunteer Mission Staff for Team BC at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, July 28 to August 13, 2017.

Being part of Team BC and attending the Canada Games is a memorable and life changing event and as a Mission Staff member you will play an enormous role in providing the athletes, coaches, and managers with the best environment for optimal performances and an exceptional experience. See the attachment for all the benefits you and your employer can expect.
Team BC is seeking individuals who possess strong communication and administration skills; thorough knowledge of BC’s amateur sport system; interest in and enthusiasm for working in a fast paced multi-sport environment; ability to operate independently and in a team atmosphere; ability to perform functions and duties outside of your assignment; strong interpersonal skills and an ability to provide excellent service to the assigned sports. As well, the ideal candidate will have extensive and varied experience as a volunteer, athlete, or coach at a multi-sport Games and demonstrate a strong commitment to the Games movement.

Applications for Mission Staff are now being accepted. See more about the Mission Staff roles and the online application requirements here.


Jarret Poitras
Team BC Operations Manager
BC Games Society

TeenFest - Kamloops, BC

Announcing New GymWorks™ Community Partner - Welcome F3 Fit

We are pleased to announce the newest GymWorks™ Program Community Partner, F3Fit, Fundamental Foundation Fitness.
F3Fit opened its doors in downtown Kamloops in 2014 and offers a wide range of Personal Training Services, specializing in: Group Fitness Classes (Bootcamps, Strength, Spin), Private 1on1 Training, Private Group Training and Strength and Conditioning, Sport Specific. Owner, Robert Petrie, has created a welcome environment for athletes of all caliber to join, with a variety of classes. As Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, he has an extensive background in personal training, team sports and group fitness, as an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Certified Personal Trainer. Robert is a multi-sport athlete and played Jr “A” Senior Lacrosse and is a product of the Kamloops Minor Hockey program and remains very active in the community coaching and training athletes. For more information about F3Fit, please visit:
The GymWorks™ program enhances the training environment for the athlete by providing easy, local and free or discounted access to training centres. It is a community partnership in support of Canada’s top Olympians, Paralympians and other high performance athletes and coaches who call BC their home.
F3Fit will be offering their group class membership for FREE with sign up and discounted and custom private group and personal training to registered athletes and coaches.
The ‘Road to Rio’ countdown is on (2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games) and we are honored to work together in partnership with F3Fit to support our community champions!


2016 BC-CWBL Finals - Kamloops, BC - March 5th & 6th

Kamloops will be hosting the 2016 BC-Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League finals on March 5th and 6th at South Kamloops Secondary School and John Peterson Secondary. The tournament will host seven teams including Kamloops own Bull-Dawgs. Games start each day at 8:00am.

Tk'emlups Indian Band Football Camp

RipTech Diving - Learn to Dive

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Athlete Highlights

Photo credit Johnny Crichton
Congrats to IGNITE Alumni, Beckett Hooton, and the rest of the crew we know so well at SPAC! Wishing you all best of success in the next 6 weeks of race season! Read more

Congratulations to Revelstoke Nordic Club x-country skiiers Beth Granstrom, Elizabeth Elliot, Alana, Brittin & Team, and head coach, Matt Smider, for a podium sweep in Prince George at Western Canadian Championships Feb. 19-21 . Up next, BC Championships at Callaghan Valley from Mar. 4-6! Read more
Behind you all the way, Scott Nabata, as you prepare for Rio test events! Enjoy the journey! Read more
Congratulations to Finn Storie, Zone 2 diver, who placed 4th on 1 metre with a score of 176.3 and 6th on 3 metre with a score of 149, at the 2016 BC Winter Games in Penticton.
Congratulations to Julien Locke, of the BlackJack Ski Team in Rossland, who took GOLD at the Eastern Canadian Championships in the 1.5-kilometre sprint event and a fantastic 16th place at the U23 world championships in Rasnov, Romania, Feb. 22-28. Read more

Photo credit: (Jennifer Chrumka/CBC)
A little Wednesday inspiration...a Colombian exchange student is making great strides in speed skating with coach, Sandi Vyse. Read more

Our Carolynn Boomer with Cassie Campbell-Pascal and Constable George Buttles mingling at the Hockey Day in Canada Luncheon in Kamloops.

Photo credit: Kamloops This Week
Kamloopsian, Patrick Waters, is aiming for the Paralympics. Good luck at Olympic Trials in Toronto in April! Read more

A must see! Our very own Interior BC Jr. World Champ, Gavin Dodd, squares off against Marty the Reporter. Watch video here

A special honour for Interior BC speed skater, Eric Spence, presenting the Owen Spence Award. Read more
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