BC Wrestling is very excited to announce that we have won the bid to host the 2023 U17/U19 Canadian Wrestling Championships. It has been a number of years since BC has hosted and our goal is to put on an incredible event that brings us back into the regular rotation. The event will be hosted downtown in the iconic sails of the Vancouver Convention Centre. Athletes, Coaches and Officials from all across Canada will come together in one of the most scenic venues that helped put Vancouver on the map at Expo '86. Steps away from the venue is our Host Hotel, the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront. With the hotel and venue beside each other and with the city's intermodal transportation, we expect that nobody who flies into YVR will need to have a car.
A big thank you to the Hosting Committee which consisted of Justin Abdou, Raj Virdi, Miguel De Sousa, Samantha Fan, Non Ha and Chris Thom. We also want to thank Sport Hosting Vancouver and Michelle Collens who made the whole bid possible.
We are just less than two years away from the tournament, but we are already starting to plan so we can ensure success. There is no way that we will be able to succeed without the help of our wrestling community. So, if you want to help, please reach out to Raj Virdi at email@example.com and let him know how. We are going to need an army of volunteers so don't be shy. Whether it is volunteering at the event, helping with setup, procurement, transporting mats or anything else let Raj know.
In addition to volunteers, an event of this magnitude will require financial support. Before we start actively approaching sponsors, we want to extend the opportunity to our membership who may want to contribute to the success of the event. Whether it is financial support or in-kind donations, we want to hear from you! Please reach out to Chris Thom at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
There will be many challenges for our sport to overcome between now and March 2023, but we are excited to take those on and then deliver the best National Championships that Canada has ever seen.
Pacific Sport Vancouver Island spotlights Travis Cross in their Elevate Speaker Series! Hear some inspiring words by watching the video below:
UPDATING and OPTIMIZING YOUR TRAINING EXPECTATIONS
*This video can also be viewed by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/cQ-yDNHGvfg
PacificSport Vancouver Island is currently holding their Elevate Symposium online as they host an Athlete and Coach Speaker Series! As quoted from PacificSport, "We understand in this challenging time that access, motivation, or availability can become difficult and as a result athletic training and development may suffer. In order to support our athlete community we will be offering this series of online presentations and interviews to the sporting community, designed to inspire and create an educational platform! Join us for Episode One where Olympian Travis Cross joins PacificSport VI host Kevin Lindo, and Mental Performance Consultant Geoff Hackett to discuss training, routines, re-shifting your mentality and how to adapt your training to the new normal!"
PacificSport Fraser Valley (PSFV) is currently seeking enthusiastic and committed coaches to join their XploreSportZ coaching team! XploreSportZ is a fun, high energy, and activity filled camp program that encourages children ages 8 – 12 to explore a variety of non-traditional and adaptive sports, where all sessions are taught by certified coaches in a relaxed, supportive environment. Led by experienced PacificSport Fraser Valley staff, their programs also provide the opportunity to develop physical literacy through fundamental movement skill-based games in a fun and inclusive setting.
Rate of pay: Starting rate based on experience and/or certification; $35.00/hr Application Deadline: Ongoing, based on current programming requirements Purpose of Position: The XploreSportZ Coach’s key responsibility will be to deliver an introductory sport-specific, fundamental sport skill focused lesson during PacificSport Fraser Valley`s various XploreSportZ programs
For more information on job requirements and how to apply, review the application form by clicking on the link below:
XploreSportZ Coach Application
Attention all BCWA members - the second intake of the Local Sport Relief Fund (LSRF) is now open! This application-based grant will be administered through viaSport and increases the financial assistance available to non-profit, community level sport organizations, clubs and associations who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Updates to the Second Intake:
The application process for the second intake will remain largely the same as in the fall, but with a few important changes:
What Organizations are Eligible?
Applications may be submitted by organizations that are:
How to Apply:
Full information on the Local Sport Relief Fund and application process can be found here: https://www.viasport.ca/grant/local-sport-relief-fund
You can also check out viaSport's news story for more information on funding.
Are you interested in levelling up your coaching? HIGH FIVE National is introducing a new and free virtual OnDemand training for sport coaches! Learn more about how to keep the game fun for your players while having a quality sport experience with HIGH FIVE Sport training. This training enables you to earn professional development points towards your National Coaching Certification Program through the Coaching Association of Canada.
This training opportunity has been made possible through a partnership with the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association. It supports the Government of Canada’s (Sport Canada) funding commitment to achieve gender equity in sport at every level by 2035.
Pre-register to get exclusive access to the new HIGH FIVE Sport. It’s the best way to play!
Pre-register here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/087dd1b9b0be40f1a918a2c94e9f35cb
For more information, contact
Today on International Women's Day, we want to encourage everyone to raise their hand and #ChooseToChallenge
Women are strong. Women are powerful. Women are leaders.
To celebrate International Women's Day, BC Wrestling Association is proud to present an interview with Abby Lloyd, 4X All-American, 2018 WCWA Champion, and 5X national Judo champion. Being an athlete, and now coach, Abby stands as a role model to many youth and young women who are just starting their journeys on the mat.
“Feminism isn't about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”
This months feature spotlights Bill Mitchell! Bill loves to coach and we are incredibly lucky he chose to share that love with BC Wrestling. Coaching for over 25 years Bill Mitchell is credited for fostering the growth of many successful athletes in BC and Canada.
Bill founded the Centennial wrestling team and managed multiple Canadian Olympic and international tour teams. Bill also served as both the BC and Canada Amateur Wrestling Association’s President. Bill was also recently inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame for his dedication to sport. See Bill's induction here.
Bill Mitchell has made a profound impact on BC Wrestling and his contributions to the sport are seen in many ways today. Bill is a prime example of how important coaches are to athlete and sport development. We are proud to have such a kind, generous person represent BC Wrestling.
BC Wrestling Association is proud to announce the Athletes of the Year for 2020!
Cadet Female Athlete of the Year: Gina Bolognese
Cadet Male Athlete of the Year: Humraj Sandhar
Juvenile Female Athlete of the Year: Marquesis Haintz
Juvenile Male Athlete of the Year: Elijah Lazar
Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Ana Godinez
Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Jacob Torres
Senior Female Athlete of the Year: Justina Di Stasio
Senior Male Athlete of the Year: Amar Dhesi
Congratulations! Winners, if you have not yet, please contact Non Ha at email@example.com to receive your award and BCWA Exclusive Sweater.
Well done everyone!
Please review the following announcement from BC Secondary School Wrestling Association and mark your calendars. The BCSSWA will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday March 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Resolutions should be put forward to zone representatives and submitted in writing by 4pm February 19, 2021. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the AGM.
BCWA Coach Development Workshop: Enhancing the Learning Environment for Wrestlers
Session schedule: February 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (3 hours)
REGISTER: click on the link below to access your Locker account and register for the event.
This event is FREE for all BCWA members.
Delivered online via Zoom. Zoom link will be provided to registered participants the day before the event. Only registered participants may join the session.
Maximum participants: 20 people
Facilitator: Gord Sturrock
NCCP Master Coach Developer, Douglas College Instructor
Depending on registration, an additional session may be scheduled for March 11, 2021.
For those without a Locker account, please setup a Locker account to register or email email@example.com.