Preparations begin for the 2018 BC Summer Games

The BC Summer Games is an important part of the athlete and coach development for those who want to be on the high performance pathway.

For U17 athletes, it is a first chance to participate in a multi-sport games experience, an opportunity to go through a competitive selection process, and an occasion through which to obtain race experience in time trials, heats, finals, and skills events.

For coaches, managing a BC Summer Games team is a valuable development opportunity both in the lead up to and at the actual Games. Resources and mentorship opportunities are purposefully created to ensure the coaches who volunteer for these Games are well-compensated for their time through meaningful development to propel them towards future successes. Past coaches of BC Summer Games teams have gone on to be Head Coaches for local rowing organizations, Provincial Coaches for the Canada Summer Games, and Rowing Canada Aviron HUB coaches.

Rowing will be represented in seven of the eight possible zones at the BC Summer Games. All Head Coaches for the Games must be RCA Coach Certified. All Assistant Coaches must be RCA LTR Coach Certified. Coaches named to the teams are:

Zone 1 – Kootenays
Roberta Rodgers (Rockies Rowing Club), TBA

Zone 2 – Thompson-Okanagan
Glen Stiven (Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boating Club), TBA

Zone 3 – Fraser Valley
Emily Down (Fort Langley Youth Rowing Society), Caitlyn Santos (Fort Langley Youth Rowing Society)

Zone 4 – Fraser River
Kenzie Thompson (Inlet Rowing Club), TBA

Zone 5 – Vancouver – Coastal
Drew Edwards (Delta Deas Rowing Club), Kieffer Silva Pinto (UBC Boathouse – Thunderbird Community Rowing)

Zone 6 – Vancouver Island – Central Coast
Connor McGuigan (Claremont Sports Institute), Liz Fenje (St Michaels School Rowing)

Zone 7 – North West
no rowing

Zone 8 – Cariboo – North East

As noted above, some coaching positions for these Games teams are still available. Interested coaches should contact Martin George for additional information on how to fill one of the current vacancies.

With the 2018 BC Summer Games just five months away, preparations have begun to equip the coaches for each Zone team with the knowledge and resources that will set them up for success as they begin the process of recruiting, selecting and training their teams.

These coaches attended a BC Summer Games Coach Planning Workshop February 17-18th facilitated by Rowing BC Staff Martin George, Rob Richards and Sonja Lonne. This workshop covered the running of a multi-sport games, recruitment and communications strategies, rowing technique including lower back health and injury prevention, discussion around the important impact coaches can have on their athletes, mobility and flexibility exercises, rigging, selection event creation, and writing of yearly training plans. The workshop included sessions run by Rowing Canada Aviron Athlete Therapist, Tricia McBride, Two-Time Olympian and Silver Medalist, Lauren Wilkinson, Owner, Performance Institute, Steve Ramsbottom. Additional mentorship opportunities will continue to be available to this team of coaches in their lead up to the Games.

Over the coming weeks and months, these coaches with the help of Rowing BC will begin advertising for
selection to the 2018 BC Summer Games. Athletes under the age of 17 are eligible to attend. Junior program coaches across BC are strongly encouraged to advertise the BC Summer Games to their athletes, and start to promote interest in getting involved.

Full information about the 2018 BC Summer Games and the benefits to being involved can be found here. As Zone-specific information becomes available, it will be added onto the website.

All BC Summer Games information will also be promoted through the Rowing BC Newsletter (sign up here!) as well as on the Rowing BC Facebook and Twitter channels. Sign up/like/follow so that you don’t miss out!