Thank a coach

Sept. 23-30, has been declared British Columbia Coaches Week, recognizing the impact of the more than 10,000 coaches in the province.

Coaches not only contribute to an athlete's performance, but also provide motivation, support, work ethic and become role models who inspire athletes for success in all facets of life.

"My coaches provided me with the skills to succeed in the ring," said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture and a former amateur wrestler. "The values I learned from my coaches continue to guide me throughout my career. Thank you!"

The recent success of B.C. athletes at the Canada Summer Games and North American Indigenous Games are a testament to the strength of the sport system in this province and the contribution B.C. coaches make to this system.

"Coaches have an incredible impact on all aspects of an athlete's career from introducing a new sport, to bringing out the inherent skills of a player to teaching the importance of teamwork on and off the field," said Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism. "B.C. has incredible coaches that are recognized at all levels of sport. #Thankscoach"

In 2017, Team BC at the Canada Games brought home 146 medals, the largest number of medals ever received. Team BC at the North American Indigenous Games brought home the overall team title for the second year in a row. A key component to the success of Team BC is the strength of the coaches.

"Passionate and qualified coaches who are committed to the physical, social and technical development of their athletes have a positive and lasting impact on the people they work with," said viaSport CEO, Sheila Bouman. "They have the ability to shape important lessons that allow people to thrive, both in sport and in life. That's why we take the opportunity during National Coaches Week to honour those coaches who continue to invest their time in the development of people, as well as in their own development."

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