All coaches who are interested in upcoming NCCP online coaching courses and/or evaluations, are invited to provide their information in the Google Form that is available in the header of the following WCL webpage: https://wrestling.ca/programs/coach-training/ .
"The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is an annual event that gets Canadians across the country moving together. From June 1st to June 30th, 2021, Participaction is calling on ALL Canadians to get active and incorporate physical activity where they live, learn, work and play.
As individuals or as part of an organization, [Participaction is] asking Canadians to get active and track their physical activity minutes in an effort for their community to be recognized as one that champions active living. At the conclusion of the challenge, [Participaction will] recognize and celebrate community achievements, crowning provincial / territorial winners and ultimately appointing one community with the designation of Canada’s Most Active Community! ParticipACTION has developed a micro-granting program that will support community organizations who are planning to host participatory in person or virtual activities or leverage physical activity-related programming during the challenge period. Micro-grants range from $250 to $1,000 and can support qualified instructors, equipment, rental cost, marketing and promotion and other costs that will make the activity even more impactful. Sample activities include try-it sessions, multi-sport or multi-activity programs, open-houses, school events, mayor’s challenges, neighborhood fun runs as well as virtual events such as virtual runs or zoom classes (note: as safety is very important to us, all local public health protocols and recommendations must be followed)."
To find out more information regarding eligibility, guidelines, and the application process, open the informational booklet by clicking on the link below:
OR, see their website: Participaction
Grant applications will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. ET on Monday January 25th, 2021 to 5:00p.m. ET on Friday February 26th, 2021.
Rowing BC is hosting an upcoming free Coaching Safe Sport session on January 20, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm via Zoom. Featuring two of Canada's leaders in Safe Sport, Lorraine Lorraine Lafrenière (CEO of the Coaches Association of Canada) and Jennifer Heil (Special Advisor for viaSport BC), this is an event that you will not want to miss! Additionally, those eligible may redeem NCCP development points through attending.
The conversation will explore the role that coaches, and all sport leaders, play in creating and promoting a safe sporting environment, while considering performance outcomes as well as the athlete experience. Rowing BC's hope is that the conversation will draw from Lorraine and Jennifer's experiences, allowing participants to see the benefits of creating safe spaces in sport. Safe Sport is not a conversation reserved for the board room; those who deliver sport on the front-lines also need to be at the table.
To register in advance, click on the following link: REGISTER
More on the Presenters:
More about Lorraine Lafrenière:
As CEO of the Coaching Association of Canada, Lorraine Lafrenière was twice named to the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport Top 20 Most Influential Women in 2014 and 2015. During this time she successfully led the partnership to complete the transition of the National Coaching Certification Program. She also supported the Canadian Sport System to launch the Responsible Coaching Movement to protect youth in sport through coaching strategies. Her career spans more than 30 years across many sectors within the Canadian sport system including roles with the Canadian Olympic Committee, National Sport Organizations, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as Petro-Canada, one of Canada’s leading Olympic and Paralympic Games sponsors.
Lorraine has participated in more than a dozen Olympic or Paralympic Games in various leadership capacities.
Prior to joining the Coaching Association of Canada in November of 2013, Lorraine held Chief Executive Officer positions with CanoeKayak Canada from 2009-2013, one of two sports in Canada to produce three Olympic medals in London 2012, and with Cycling Canada from 2006-2008 where she contributed to re-establishing the organization’s financial stability and its high performance and development structure in order to improve Canada’s performances on the international stage.
More about Jennifer Heil:
Jennifer champions sport and works with leaders to strengthen the sport delivery system so that more British Columbians can access the health and social benefits that come from quality sporting and physical activity participation at all levels. Jennifer’s extensive experience at all levels of sport and across sectors uniquely positions her to help lead viaSport. In addition to her high performance sporting career Jennifer has worked in the private sector as a member of the Deloitte Innovation consulting team as well as in the not-for-profit sector, as co-founder of B2ten, a privately funded organization that takes an innovative approach to supporting sport and well being in Canada.
Jennifer continues to advocate and empower young women around the World through access to education. In 2013 Jennifer successfully raised $1million for the Because I am a Girl initiative. She graduated from McGill University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. As the most successful freestyle skier in Canadian history, winning Olympic Gold and Silver medals, Jennifer is a member of the Alberta, Quebec and Canada Sports Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Meritorious Service Decoration (M.S.C.) awarded by the Governor General of Canada.
Are you between the ages of 13-17? Do you wrestle in the Lower Mainland? If so, you could be eligible to join in with a project led by SHRed Concussions.
Why sign up?
Please contact the project coordinators at email@example.com or 604-875-2000 ext. 5478 for more information regarding the next steps
SHRed Concussions is a Canada-wide concussion treatment and awareness study targeting youth, and is funded by the National Football League. The goal of this research is to evaluate and improve concussion awareness and management among youth, and to develop effective tools to inform concussion treatment in the future.
This months feature spotlights past BCWA president (1970-71) Paul Nemeth.
Paul Nemeth is the foundation of wrestling in British Columbia. Paul worked tirelessly over 35 years to grow and build wrestling across BC and we are extremely thankful for his contribution to the sport.
Nemeth worked as a wrestling coach from 1938-1969, creating various rec, club, high school and university teams. Paul pioneered BCWA and was the first BCWA president.
Paul also served as director for the first BCSS wrestling championships and the 1954 Commonwealth Games. Paul inspired many athletes, coaches and is responsible for many programs across the Province. BC Wrestling would not be the same without his time and effort. Thank you, Paul!
BC Wrestling mourns the loss of Robert Laycoe, a leader and legend in wrestling in British Columbia. Inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame in 2019, Laycoe led many sports teams to success on the wrestling mat and on the football field.
In the wrestling room, "from 1973 through 1979 Bob guided the wrestling team to four Western Canadian titles, and in 1978 he was named CIS Wrestling Coach of the Year. And from 1973 through 1987, Laycoe partnered with head coach Frank Smith to coach some of UBC’s best football teams including the 1982 and 1986 national champions. Bob is still lauded by coaches and players for his strength and conditioning program, his thoroughness, his motivation and his meticulous preparation," (UBC School of Kinesiology, 2021). On the football field, "from 1973 through 1987 Laycoe was well known as a football coach, most notably as a defensive coordinator with some of UBC’s best football teams under head coach Frank Smith. These teams included both the 1982 and 1986 Vanier Cup champions and the first UBC team to reach the Vanier Cup in 1978," (UBC Sports Hall of Fame, 2019).
Laycoe's dedication to sport on and off the mats will never be forgotten. Passing December 28th, 2020 at the age of 73 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Laycoe's legacy will continue to thrive throughout the sport community.
To learn more about Roberts amazing contributions to sport, visit:
- In Memoriam: Robert Laycoe - UBC School of Kinesiology
- UBC Sports Hall of Fame
Hello BCWA Members,
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Some of you may be familiar with the Canada Summer Jobs Program (CSJ). It is a great resource that can inject fairly significant money into your wrestling program. Overall, it has been an underutilized resource by our membership and we are hoping to change that this year.
The BCWA Grassroots Committee was formed this year to focus on growing the sport, mostly at the elementary age level. We have designed a program that can be executed anywhere in the province that will get more kids on the mat, an employment opportunity for young wrestlers, and potentially act as a catalyst for getting an elementary program started in your area.
We can help you with the application process and program design. There will be work required on your part, but we can definitely be a valuable resource in getting this off the ground for your team.
Click on the following link to view information from the CSJ that outlines the program and the timelines for applying: CSJ Information
If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight at 7:00 pm (Thurs, Dec 10, 2020) - Full Circle Virtual Training will be featuring a Q&A session with 2018 World Champion Justina Distasio!
A great workout and advice?! Make sure to register for your BCWA membership to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!
How to Register:
We look forward to seeing you there!
Hello BCWA members,
All BC Wrestling Association members are required to comply with BCWA’s and BC Provincial Health Officer’s mandates and orders. BCWA will report to the PHO and/or compliance and enforcement officials any perceived health safety violations in accordance with the PHO's reporting mechanisms. Under the Government’s Emergency Program Act, some orders can be enforced by police or other compliance and enforcement officials. People who don't follow these orders could be fined.
Additionally, clubs, coaches, and wrestlers who violate the orders and requirements may be subject to any and all sanctions available to the BCWA Board of Directors, including BCWA membership revocation or suspension.
Finally, any insurance provided to your club or wrestlers is null and void if you are breaching the orders re: COVID-19. This is putting yourself and your club at significant risk.
Let’s do our part in creating a safer BC!
Don't miss out on wise words from 2018 World Champ Justina Distasio at this weeks Full Circle Virtual Training Session! Thursday December 10th at 7:00 pm, Justina will log on following training to give advice and answer questions to all Virtual Training attendees.
Anyone who is interested in participating must hold a BCWA membership. Additionally, as all virtual training will take place on zoom, the participant must be able to turn on their camera so that instructors can ensure a safe training experience. To register, first obtain/renew your BCWA membership at:
Click here to obtain/renew your membership
Once membership is obtained, email your name and membership number to email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
Shortly after, a Zoom link will be sent to you to log on and join in the fun!
We look forward to seeing you there!