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DUNCAN – More than 2,000 of the province’s best young athletes are arriving in the Cowichan Valley for the opening of the 2018 BC Summer Games, and the chance to compete for glory in 18 sports. “Like British Columbians all over the province, I’m inspired by the athletes participating in the Summer Games. I am especially happy to see more First Nations athletes in this year’s Games,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Along with medals and personal bests, competitors will leave the Games with new friendships and new experiences...
National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples in Canada. On June 21, 2018, SportMedBC joined Seabird Island Health and Seabird Island School in celebrating the day with a “Run The Lagoon” RunWalk event at Rendall Park in Harrison Hot Springs, followed by a canoe gathering and Slahal Games to complete the day. Staff at SportMedBC provided onsite assistance with safety and injury prevention, refreshments, water stations and prizes. The “Run the Lagoon” event...
One of the founding fathers of sport medicine in Canada, Dr. Jack Taunton, has received another great honour, this time from the Canadian Academy of Sport & Exercise Medicine. Dr. Taunton was presented with the Medal of Service award during CASEM’s Annual General Meeting this month in Halifax, NS. This new award recognizes individuals who have made an exceptional and outstanding contribution to the advancement of sport and exercise medicine in Canada. The award is granted in recognition of: • Service to their profession in the field of event planning, event and/or team coverage...
At an induction ceremony in Vancouver, BC on Thursday, May 31, 2018, I·SPARC Elder and Senior Advisor Alex Nelson ‘Ok’wilagame’ joined sport legends such as Terry Fox, Rick Hansen, and Pat Quinn as he was awarded the BC Sports Hall of Fame’s W.A.C. Bennett Award for his outstanding contribution and leadership in sport. The W.A.C. Bennett Award is the most prestigious honour awarded by the BC Sports Hall of Fame presented to individuals who have made significant, unique, and lasting contribution to sport in BC and beyond. Alex is a proud member of the Musgamagw...
Preparations for the 2019 Canada Winter Games are underway and Team BC has selected the Mission Staff who will support British Columbia’s athletes, coaches, and managers as they prepare for and compete at these national multi-sport Games. Chef de Mission, Jennifer Scott, will lead the team of Mission Staff who will provide administrative, logistical, and performance preparation support. This will be Scott’s first Games as Team BC’s Chef de Mission in addition to her years of experience as Team BC mission staff. Comprised of volunteer sport administrators, educators, sport...
An average of 900 BC children and teens are hospitalized each year due to sports-related injuries. A new website is working to change this by giving parents, kids, coaches and teachers easy access to injury prevention information for over 50 popular sports and recreational activities, including soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, ice hockey, kayaking, hiking and snowboarding. Active & Safe Central was developed by the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) at BC Children’s Hospital in partnership with injury prevention experts, sport injury specialists and sport organizations...
The 2018 Vancouver Sun Run was another overwhelming success with over 41,000 runners, walkers, and wheelchair division athletes completing the 10km race this past weekend. 2018 marked SportMedBC’s 23rd year working with the Vancouver Sun Run to deliver our 13-week InTraining program in communities across the province. This year’s program consisted of nearly 1,800 participants in 53 clinic locations stretching from the Lower Mainland to Squamish, the Sunshine Coast and BC Interior. The InTraining and Aboriginal RunWalk programs wouldn’t be possible without the help of many...
Congratulations to the 300+ Aboriginal RunWalk participants who travelled from across the province (from as far away as Iskut!) to complete the 2018 Vancouver Sun Run! With 157 participants registered under the Aboriginal RunWalk open team, the ARW team was the second largest team in the Sun Run. It was so inspiring to see the red bandanas proudly sported amongst the sea of people! We would like to thank all of our leaders who work tirelessly to make positive change in their communities— we couldn’t do it without them. Well done to everyone who completed the program and good luck...
Improve performance, hit the ball further, more accurately and consistently with less chance of injury by making connecting your core an important focus of training. By: Carl Petersen BScPT. (City Sports & Physiotherapy Clinic) *edited excerpt from Fit to Play™ Golf-Improve Fitness & Lower Your Score (Nittinger & Petersen, 2018) Historically many golfer’s avoided traditional strength training methods fearing it would slow down their swing and make them too muscular interfering with the suppleness needed to perform on course. The changing nature and demands of the...
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