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City of Kamloops Volunteer Appreciation BBQ


Volunteers build, maintain and grow healthy communities. The City of Kamloops invites those that volunteer in our community to help celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 10th to 16th) by attending the Volunteer Appreciation BBQ:


Friday, April 15, 2015
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sandman Centre Plaza - 300 Lorne Street
Indoor and outdoor seating provided

PacificSport Interior BC would like to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteer coaches and parents across all of the regional sport organizations who give their time and share their passion for sport with the athletes in their communities.
Operation Red Nose, PacificSport's largest fundraiser, relies on over 200 volunteers every holiday season to safely drive people home in their own vehicles. The campaign is a success every year because of these dedicated volunteers. In 2015, Operation Red Nose raised close to $32,000 for PacificSport.

Kamloops Sport Council Awards and Hall of Fame Inductee Banquet - April 9th

In 1990 the Kamloops Sports Council held their first official meeting; the ground work began for a unified sport advocacy group to promote communication, development, education and participation of sport in the greater Kamloops area. The Athletic Awards have been awarded annually since 1990 in conjunction with the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held this year on April 9th, 2016 in the Grand Hall at TRU.

This year’s guest speaker will be Scott Rintoul, who is a TSN Radio Team 1040 host and BC Lions Play by Play announcer. Scott grew up in Kamloops attending Kam High, playing football and rugby for the Red Devils. After graduating Scott played football for the UBC Thunderbirds under the late Casey Smith and Jay Prepchuck. Scott graduated from the BCIT Broadcasting program in 2002.

The Kamloops Sports Council is pleased to announce the Nominees for the 26th Annual Athletic Awards, there are 8 categories that are awarded, with 3 finalists being recognized at the Banquet.

Female Athlete of the Year Nominees – Award Sponsored by LN Group

  • Megan Dalke – Swimming
  • Sara Spence – Speed Skating
  • Megan Hanks – Judo

Male Athlete of the Year Nominees – Award Sponsored by Kamloops Minor Baseball

  • Derek Yachison – Football
  • Colin Gilbert – Swimming
  • Gavin Dodd – Trampoline

Master Athlete of the Year – Award Sponsored by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52

  • Peter Findlay – Multi Sport
  • Alf Konrad – Track and Field
  • Jordan Sim – Running

Coach of the Year – Award Sponsored by CFJC-TV

  • Gordon Cumming – Multi Sport
  • Wai Ma – Volleyball
  • Ray Chadwick – Baseball

Team of the Year – Award Sponsored by Kamloops Blazers Sports Society

  • Team Brown – Curling
  • KGTC World Gymnaestrada – Gymnastics
  • Sahali Girls Volleyball team – Volleyball

Sport Person of the Year – Award Sponsored by Dolsons Source for Sports

  • Jon Pankuch – Hockey
  • Ashley Shannik – Volleyball
  • Neil Farber – Multi Sport

International Excellence – Award Sponsored by PacificSport Interior BC

  • Kamloops Fire rescue / Team New Gold – Fire fighter Games
  • Steve Seibel – Basketball
  • Joe Hicketts – Hockey

University Award Nominees – Award Sponsored by TRU WolfPack

  • Josh Wolfram – Basketball
  • Emma Piggin – Basketball
  • Iuliia Pakhomenko – Volleyball

Grant Opportunities

#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
Sport Performance

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


Anti-Doping: Drugs, Supplements and Sports
April 20th
Kamloops, BC
Cost: $20
Course ID: 255383
Poster here

Engaging in Organized Sports: What Parents Can Expect
April 26th
Kamloops, BC
Cost: $20
Course ID: 255308
  Poster here

SportMed BC: Athletic Taping
May 7th
Kamloops, BC
Cost: $130 plus tax
Register at 604-294-3050 ext 107
Poster here

To Register call (250) 828-3500 or go online to

Summer Camp **Registration Open**

Summer Camp Poster

About David Stride:

  • 20 years of experience in strength and conditioning and working with athletes and teams
  • David holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from the Universities of Saskatchewan and Alberta
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • NCCP coaching certification in various sports
  • David currently owns Stride Sport and Performance, a strength and conditioning business within the Kamloops area.
  • Stride Sport and Performance provides complete athletic conditioning for youth to master athletes. David works with athletes at the youth, provincial, collegiate, junior, national and master level in numerous sports.

To Register call (250) 828-3500 or go online to

NCCP & Coach Education

Community Sport Modules

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

NCCP Comp-Intro: Planning a Practice Module
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
Poster here

Register at: (250) 828-3500 or

Coaches Corner Lunch & Learn

These casual lunch & learn events are a great opportunity for Coaches and Sport Administrators 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!!

Frick and Frack Restaurant & Taphouse, 577 Victoria Street in Kamloops
NOON - 1:00pm
Next Date - May 12, 2016 - Duncan Olthuis and Audrey Trim - Funding Opportunities and Other Services that Kamloops Sports Council Offer to the Sporting Community
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 18th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Tournament Capital Centre - North Court
Cost: $25 per child

Call: 250-828-3500 to register and quote course #249687

Date: May 20th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Tournament Capital Centre - North Court
Cost: $25 per child

Call: 250-828-3500 to register and quote course #249688

For more information contact Katie Klassen, Sport Participation Coordinator

XploreSportz Pro D Day Camps - Merritt

Date: May 20th
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

To register call 250-315-1050 

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

Easy Reading For The Active Mind

~SIRC Knowledge Nugget~ Sleep and Athletes: Is there a Magic Number?

The demands of rigorous physical activity necessitate that athletes place a premium on sleep and as such, nine or more hours of sleep is often recommended. But what is actually needed for optimal performance? Read full article here

Nine Tests To See If You Have What it Takes To Be An Olympic Athlete

Canadian amateur sports hope a new talent identification program will help uncover the next great Olympian. RBC Training Ground camps are being held across the country, where athletes are put through these nine tests to measure their speed, power, strength and endurance to find out if they have what it takes for everything from athletics and bobsled to rowing and rugby. These methods are being used to uncover the next generation of elite amateur talent. Read full article here
Events & Announcements

Save the Date: PacificSport Interior BC AGM - Wednesday, June 8th

Join us on Wednesday, June 8th at 5:00pm for PacificSport Interior BC Annual General Meeting. The location is TBA. All affiliated sports are required to send at least one attendee to the meeting and be prepared to provide a two minute report. Contact Carolynn Boomer for more information.
Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partner Council (BC) Call for Volunteers

Team BC Soccer Coaches & Managers
Application deadline is 5PM PST, THURSDAY, APRIL 7th, 2016
2016 BC Aboriginal Soccer Championships to be hosted in Prince George, August 26-28, this summer. COACHES & MANAGERS NEEDED! Go to online application here
Team BC Hockey Trainer/Safety Person
Deadline to apply - Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
The Partners Council is seeking a volunteer team trainer/safety person to serve on the Team BC staff for the 2016 NAHC. The Team Trainer is shared between the male and female teams. Travel expenses, accommodations, meals will be covered. This volunteer position includes serving as Team Trainer to both the male and female team and includes chaperone responsibilities. Go to online application here
Camp Focus 2016  - Hosted by Young Professionals Clubs of Kamloops Rotaract

Join Rotaract May 27th to 29th for Camp Focus 2016. Camp Focus is a leadership, team work, and life skills camp for youth ages 13 to 18. It takes place out at Camp Grafton at Magna Bay in the Shuswap. They provide transportation to and from Kamloops, BC. Meals and accommodations are included and all you need is a $20 one-time commitment fee.  The entire event is organized and managed by Rotaract. For more information visit their website here. Download the 2016 Camp Focus Application Form here.
Accepting Nominations: viaSport Coach of the Year Awards

The Coach of the Year Awards were founded by the Coaches Association of BC, funded by the Bob Bearpark Foundation. The Foundation continues to support viaSport in providing recognition awards for BC coaches in the following categories: Recreational/Grassroots, Regional/Provincial Development and International.

The purpose of the Coach of the Year Awards is to recognize a history and dedication to coaching in British Columbia. Each recipient will be selected for their outstanding achievement in the category in which they have been nominated, and for their unique contribution to the advancement and well-being of athletes and their sport. The award does not reflect the accomplishment and contributions of the coach in any one year. It is designed to recognize contributions the coach has made to sport over a number of years. 

Each recipient of the Coach of the Year Award will receive a $250 bursary from the Bob Bearpark Coaching Bursary Fund, and are invited to attend the 2016 Banquet of Champions hosted by BC Sports Hall of Fame on June 9, 2016.

For more information visit the viaSport website.

 We want YOUR input
For any ideas, suggestions and feedback on both sport development and
sport performance programs. Feel free to contact our team by replying
to this email, or by clicking the link website feedback form

Community Partner Thank You

We would like to thank Runners’ Sole owner Wayne Richardson, and his team, for their continued support of PacificSport Interior BC, as a Community MoreStuff™ Partner, since the inception of Athlete Coach Services programming over 12 years ago.
Runners' Sole opened its doors February 21st, 2002, and is Kamloops' only running & walking specialty shop, offering a large selection of products from all categories. The business is all about having active lifestyles, along with building product innovation, quality and knowledge of the active lifestyles. Wayne is active in the community at many events and is eager to support amateur sport athletes and coaches in their journey.
MoreStuff ™ is a community partnership between the leading retail stores in the Interior and the PacificSport Interior BC.  It is in support of Canada’s top Olympians and other high performance athletes who call the Interior region their home. This program provides high performance athletes with affordable options and the kind of value that they need.
For more information about Runner’s Sole Kamloops, please visit their website here

Athlete/Coach Highlights

Photo Credit: Kamloops This Week
A special award for Brian Olthuis, long time regional coach and now NCCP Learning Facilitator, who will be honoured with the Bob Ackles Lifetime Achievement Award at the Orange Helmet Awards this month. Congratulations and well deserved!  Read full article

Photo credit Alana Brittin
Congrats to Head Coach Matt Smider and his Revelstoke Nordic athletes: Alana Brittin, Elizabeth Elliott, Beth Granstrom for great performances at the 2016 XC-Ski Nationals in Whitehorse! Read full article here

Congratulations to Julien Locke (and Blackjack Ski Club Head Coach Dave Wood) for his 3rd place podium finish in the Senior Men’s Long Sprint at the Hayward 2016 Ski Nationals! Read full article here
Wishing Long Jumper, Dixon Anton, the best of success and focus over the next few months on the Road to Rio! Read Full article

Two Thompson Rivers University students, Matthew Hans and Samantha Horth, were honoured by Premier Christy Clark at the Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport. Read full article here
Photo Credit Merritt Herald
RipTech Diving Club
took their coaches to Merritt and showed the local kids a few tricks at the XploreSportZ camp! Read full article here

A great interview with a great Champion, retired Apline Ski Racer, Elli Terwiel! Read full interview here

Photo credit: Lisa Galloway
Congratulations to the Kamloops Peewee Tier 1 hockey team on their silver medal at the Provincial Championships!

Photo credit TRU Wolfpack
Congratulations to basketball player, Josh Wolfram, and his TRU Wolfpack teammates for their first Canadian Interuniversity Sport Final Eight tournament at the UBC campus in Vancouver! Read full article here

Photo Credit TRU Wolfpack
Congratulations to TRU Wolfpack volleyball player, Iuliia Pakhomenko, for solidifying her standing as the best volleyball player in the nation, receiving Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s player of the year award at the All-Canadian Awards Breakfast in Victoria. Read full article here

Photo Credit: Brad Calkins
Congratulations to our Larch Hills Nordic Skiers and coaches for winning the overall club championship trophy following the final Teck event in Whistler! Read full article here

Congratulations to Revelstoke Nordic’s Alana Brittin for her 3rd place podium finish in 5km classic and a 4th in the skate sprints at the Cross Country Ski Nationals in Whitehorse!

Congratulations to Molly Miller of Kimberley, 2016 BC Winter Games W.R. Bennett Award recipient for her outstanding accomplishments in cross country skiing and community leadership! Read full article here Picture attached Coahces Spencer Reed & Ashley Shannik, Volleyball
Alexzandra Smith Van Dyke, Athletics
Coahces Spencer Reed & Ashley Shannik, Volleyball
Alexzandra Smith Van Dyke, Athletics

Revelstoke Nordic Club Head Coach, Matt Smider, took his team to a third place finish at the BC Nordic skiing championships in early March in Whistler.  Well done team! Read full article here

It was a silver medal for Team Brown Rink (skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Ashley Nordin) at the CIS/Curling Canada University Championship!!
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