The Evolution of SportMedBC

SportMedBC and its network of practitioners celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2017, marking the growth and development of the professional not-for-profit society since its inception on the strength of sports first aid in 1982. Here is a look back at some of our more memorable milestones over the years.



SportMedBC is founded and headquartered at the University of British Columbia.


The BC SportsAid Program (Sports First-Aid) is initiated.


Athletic Taping is incorporated as a module in the SportsAid Program.

SportsAider (SportMedBC's quarterly newsletter) is introduced.


SportMedBC coordinates event medical support for the inaugural Vancouver Sun Run for the first time (a service that we still continue to provide to this day).


Event medical and paramedical support for World Police and Fire Games is coordinated by SportMedBC.


SportMedBC launches a comprehensive provincial anti-doping program under the leadership of Dr. Doug Clement..


BC's "Best Ever" athlete development program features science and medicine support services coordinated by SportMedBC.


Team BC's Science and Medicine support program is initiated in partnership with the provincial government.


BC SportsAid Program is delivered to registered fitness leaders as part of their compulsory training for certification.


SportMedBC publishes the "Athlete Training Diary" in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.


SportMedBC relocates to Burnaby's Ice Sports Centre.

The InTraining Program is launched in association with The Vancouver Sun Run.


SportMedBC publishes "The Beginning Runner's Handbook".


SportMedBC partners with PacificSport (Vancouver) to develop a science and medicine support program featuring coordinated access to world class athlete and coach services.


InTraining is launched in Victoria in association with the Times Colonist 10K extending the Program's reach to over 4000 participants and volunteers.

SportMedBC revises its mission and values statements in order to better position itself for the challenges of the changing sport medicine and science environment and to better serve the athletes of British Columbia.


In partnership with Skate Canada, SportMedBC hosts the International Skating Union's medical conference in Vancouver in conjunction with the World Figure Skating Championships.


The Beginning Runner's Journal is released by Greystone Press.


SportMedBC develops and launches an innovative youth education program in partnership with the World Weightlifting Championships.


SportMedBC's headquarters relocates to West Broadway, joining the Telus Centre for Sport.


In partnership with the BC Medical Association, SportMedBC creates "Docs-in-Training", a program designed to help physicians become more physically active.

The third edition of "The Beginning Runner’s Handbook" is released.


Marathons and Half Marathons: The Beginning Runner's Guide is published.

SportMedBC launches an innovative program and partnership with the Healthy Heart Society of BC called hearts-in-training.

SportMedBC launches half-marathon clinics in lead up to the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon.

Launched SportMed RunWalk Online - providing training programs (10K through half and full marathons) and coaching advice.

SportMedBC awarded the BC Medical Association's Excellence in Health Promotion citation.


Walking for Fitness is published.

Launched Sun Run InTraining in partnership with the Honour Your Health Challenge in Aboriginal communities across the province.

SportMedBC begins a Brand Renovation process designed to reflect its leadership in Sport Medicine, Sport Science and Sport Training.

2008 - a new website and online community launched.

Honour Your Health Challenge sets new record for largest team in the Vancouver Sun Run.


SportMedBC named strategic founding partner of the MultiSport Centre of Excellence Foundation.


SportMed Soccer introduced in partnership with BC Soccer


HealthBeat Program is created

SportMedBC partners with ISPARC to deliver the Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities, which includes the aboriginal RunWalk Program


SportSmart injury prevention and performance initiative is launched

Beginning Runner’s Handbook (4th Edition) launched worldwide


SportSmart online video series is launched

SportMedBC moves to its new home at Fortius Sport & Health in Burnaby

Provided Medical Manager for Team BC at 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke


SportMedBC RunWalk is awarded the Go Fab / 55+ Grant from Via Sport to fund our initiative to help inactive women prepare for an injury-free transition back into sport & fitness.

Provided Medical Manager for Team BC at 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George


InTraining Program celebrates its 20th year with the Vancouver Sun Run

SportMedBC RunWalk partners with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at VGH to deliver the “Return to Everyday Activity in the Community and Home (REACH)” project.


Provided Medical Manager for Team at 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg

Aboriginal RunWalk corporate team celebrates its 10th year participating in the Vancouver Sun Run and continues to be one of the race's largest.


HealthBeat Equipment Kit and Training Program established to increase capacity around the province and expand the program’s reach.


viaSport Return to Sport

As of March 11, 2022:

  • Masks are no longer required.
    • Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring masks on their premises.
    • Reminder to the sport community to be respectful of people's differing comfort levels and that as we transition into this period, people may still choose to wear their mask.

As of April 8, 2022, proof of vaccine will no longer be required.

  • Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring proof of vaccination for entry.
  • Additional guidance may be in place. See the Province of B.C.'s provincial restrictions page for more information.