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On June 21, 2019, SportMedBC and ISPARC staff celebrated National Indigenous People’s Day with the Canim Lake Band. Thank you to the Canim Lake Band community, who welcomed us to their traditional territory, and to our ARW and FitNation leader, Tish Diamond, for inviting us. With plenty of festivities, including a 2km and 5km run, an Amazing Race competition, a bannock baking contest, a Lahal game, a Rethink Your Drink station supplied by ISPARC, drumming and dancing, the day was a huge success! It was a wonderful way to celebrate Indigenous people and communities. We look forward to...
Members of our HealthBeat and Aboriginal RunWalk Programs will be attending National Indigenous People's Day events in communities across BC on June 21, 2019. Our Aboriginal RunWalk Team will be attending the Tears to Hope relay in Terrace, the inaugural event dedicated to honour and memorialize those who lost their lives to violence along the Highway of Tears. The relay run will consist of one runner at a time from different Indigenous communities in the area carrying messages of hope to Terrace and will culminate in a community feast. HealthBeat and members of ISPARC”s Healthy...
SportMedBC's Aboriginal RunWalk Team will be attending the Tears to Hope relay June 21-22 in Terrace, the inaugural event dedicated to honour and memoralize those who lost their lives to violence along the Highway of Tears. The relay run will consist of one runner at a time from different Indigenous communities in the area carrying messages of hope to Terrace and will culminate in a community feast. The first annual Tears to Hope Relay Run is the first step for the Tears to Hope Society to shine an even brighter light on the MMIWG. Their vision is to provide a healthy and safe community...
Are you an experienced cyclist or coach who is passionate about helping riders achieve their training goals? If so, we’d love to hear from you! We are currently recruiting leaders and sweeps for the 2019 Fondo Clinics 12-week training program. All clinics start with the kick-off night on June 12th and run for 12 weeks thereafter beginning the week of June 17. Riders have the option of doing either a Beginner or Intermediate level training program to help set them up for success. All coaches will be provided with training materials and weekly coaching tips to help guide their sessions...
SportMedBC and the InTraining program are proud to announce that the 2019 Vancouver Sun Run InTraining Leader of the Year recipient is Stan Narayan! Stan, the Clinic Coordinator for the Cloverdale Clinic, has been with the program for over a decade. Below are some kind words from our InTraining Coach and his group on why the Cloverdale Clinic loves their leader. "It's difficult to put into words the enthusiasm that Stan has brought to the program now for a dozen years... This is a man whose warm smile and twinkle in his eyes wins us all over every time. Sometimes it's just that...
Over 43,500 runners, walkers, and wheelchair division athletes braved the elements to complete the 35 th Annual Vancouver Sun Run on Sunday, April 14. Not even a little inclement weather, including rain and hail, could dampen their spirits as participants crossed the finish line with big smiles relishing in their accomplishment. 2019 marked SportMedBC’s 24th year partnering with the Vancouver Sun Run to deliver our 13-week InTraining program in communities across the province. This year we had over 1,700 leaders and participants spread across 55 clinic locations throughout BC. Making up...
If you spend a few moments planning ahead, you will be in a better position to enjoy the day of the “big event” and have fun! Here are a few simple guidelines that may help you. Get Organized Before the Event: Visit the Vancouver Sun Run website! Check out the map of the course or better yet, take some time to drive or cycle it prior to the day. Specifically having a look at the start and finish are helpful for your mental preparation. Pick up your event package at the Vancouver Sun Run Expo - It’s fun to experience the energy of the expo and peruse the sponsor booths as...
viaSport is pleased to announce the appointment of Charlene Krepiakevich as Chief Executive Officer. With a proven track record delivering community and social impact in the non-profit sector, she will lead the organization through its next phase of innovation, helping grow participation in sport and physical activity in British Columbia. Charlene succeeds Sheila Bouman who has been viaSport’s CEO since 2015. “I’d like to congratulate viaSport on selecting their new CEO,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Given Charlene’s experience...
SportMedBC is thrilled to partner with RBC GranFondo Whistler again this year to deliver a 12-week training program for beginner and intermediate riders! RBC GranFondo Whistler and SportMedBC are both committed to providing riders with a comprehensive approach to training, spanning everything from road safety, cycling etiquette, and equipment selection to injury prevention, and coaching and nutrition tips from qualified sport medicine practitioners. We have a number of exciting changes in store for 2019 including: New host centre locations including Richmond Oval, PacificSport Fraser Valley...
Physical activity is an important and historically underutilized form of medicine. Movement and exercise are critical for people’s best health and are effective as prevention and treatment in chronic disease. This 2.5-hour workshop will discuss all aspects of physical activity in health, how to most effectively engage your patients in less sedentary and more physically active lifestyles, and how to provide individualized exercise prescription. This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 2 Mainpro+ credits Date: 6:00pm -8:00pm...

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