Celebrating BC Games Coaches

Celebrating BC Games Coaches

Author: BC Games Society/Monday, September 22, 2014/Categories: 2014 News

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Coaches Week in British Columbia is September 20-27 and the BC Games Society is taking the opportunity to say THANK YOU!

The BC Games are a memorable and life changing event and it is our certified coaches who play an enormous role in providing the athletes with a positive opportunity to learn new skills and develop both on and off the field of play.  

As an important part of BC’s athlete development pathway, the Games are equally important to the development of coaches.  At each BC Games, 75-85% of the coaches are new to the event.  That means that every year hundreds of BC coaches are gaining certification, skills, and experiences through the BC Games.  BC Games head coaches are required to have an NCCP Level II Certification (or equivalent).

2014 BC Winter Games
95% of Head Coaches had required certification
84% of Assistant Coaches were certified
53% of all coaches were female

2014 BC Summer Games
80% of Head Coaches had required certification
78% of Assistant coaches were certified
38% of all coaches were female

Here are some thoughts from our BC Games coaches answering the question,
"Why did you choose to become a coach?"

“I was a competitive synchronized swimmer for 10 years. I wanted to share my passion for the sport and give girls the opportunities to achieve their goals and experience this great sport and all the wonderful things it does to build young girls not only in the sport itself but in its ability to teach them life lessons that will carry on into their future.”
Brenda Scott, Synchronized Swimming Coach, Nanaimo

“My passion for the sport in combination for my desire to create better citizens. Coaching is the medium for which this allows me the opportunity to mentor young people not only in the sport but in some of the life lessons sport can contribute to.”
Ryan Galovich, Soccer Coach, Delta

“Having been given the gift of dedicated coaches who guided and mentored me for so many years, I wanted to pay it forward.”
Kim Longmuir, Athletics Coach, Parksville

"Coming from a small community, I wanted to be able to provide young athletes the opportunity to strive for excellence.  I have been coaching junior level volleyball for the past 2 years and the most rewarding thing is being a part of the growth in these athletes and showing them their potential.”
Kam Siemens, Volleyball Coach, Terrace

“I had great experiences as a player due to the many outstanding coaches I had, and want to give back to the sport that I love and serve as a positive role model for young female basketball players.”

Carrie Watts, Basketball Coach, Agassiz

Coaches Week is an annual initiative of ViaSport.  You can get involved by registering an event, sharing stories and photos and saying thank you to a great coach!  See all the details at viasport.ca


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