BCWSA Announces 2012-2013 Athlete Assistance Program Selection List
BCWSA is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Athlete Assistance Program Selection list. The intent of this program is to "recognize high performance athletes who are participating in programs offered through a provincial sport organization and competing in recognized national or international competitions to relieve some of the pressures associated with training and competition needs". Congratulations to all of those who were selected for the program this year!
BCWSA Members Win Big at
Canadian Wheelchair Sports Awards
Congratulations to the several BCWSA members whose contributions were honoured at the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association awards night in St. John's, Newfoundland. Michelle Stilwell won Female Athlete of the Year, Bo Hedges won the Stan Stronge Award, and our community partner G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Center won the Rick Hansen award.
BC Athletes Claim 3 National Championships at 2012 Birmingham National Wheelchair Tennis Championships
BC Wheelchair Sports Association congratulates its members on a strong showing at the 2012 Birmingham Canadian Wheelchair Tennis National Championships, which resulted in three national title wins. Nine BC athletes attended the event, making up nearly half of all athletes in attendance.
"Wheelchair tennis is growing by leaps and bounds in BC," said Executive Director Gail Hamamoto. "The fact that the women's division consisted entirely of BC athletes is proof of the great work BC provincial coach Steve Manley is doing to recruit and retain new talent."
In women's singles, long-time elite wheelchair tennis athlete Yuka Chokyu (Vancouver, BC) claimed her 11th national title. The No. 27 world-ranked player had little trouble winning the round-robin competition in an all-British Columbia competition field, finally besting newcomer Amanda Yan (Burnaby) 6-0, 6-0 to claim the title.
"The women's division was held for the first time since 2006, and it was definitely nice to be back to the Nationals for me," Chokyu said. "It was also great to see the new faces to compete against. I hope the division grows further in the near future."
Chokyu paired up with fellow Vancouverite Kirsten Sharp to defeat Yan and Jeanine McDonald (Coquitlam, B.C.) for the doubles title by a score of 6-1, 6-0.
After having to sit out last year's championships due to injury, world No. 15 Sarah Hunter (Surrey, B.C.) returned to capture her 11th national singles title by winning the quad division in a round-robin competition. In Sunday's final match she beat Gary Luker (Ancaster, Ont.) 7-5, 6-2.
Congratulations to all BC athletes and coaches who participated.
BCWSA Congratulates Its Members on Excellent Showing at the London 2012 Paralympics.
The BC Wheelchair Sports Association congratulates our members who participated in the London 2012 Paralympic Games as athletes, coaches, officials and support staff. Fourteen athletes, two coaches and seven support staff from BC Wheelchair Sports attended the Paralympics, bringing in four medals. Full list of all who participated.
"We are so proud of all of our members who participated in the London 2012 Paralympics," said Executive Director Gail Hamamoto. "Their results represent years of hard work and dedication and we feel privileged to have been able to support them in their Paralympic journey."
Some highlights included:
BC Cleans Up at CWSA Awards
- Bo Hedges (Wonowon, BC) and Richard Peter (Duncan, BC) won gold in men's wheelchair basketball.
- Garett Hickling (Kelowna, BC) was named flagbearer for the Opening Ceremonies.
- Michelle Stilwell (Parksville, BC), coached by Peter Lawless (Victoria, BC), won gold in the women's T52 200m and silver in the 100m.
- Trevor Hirschfield (Parksville, BC), Garett Hickling (Kelowna,BC), Fabien Laboie (Quebec City, WC), Travis Murao (Richmond, BC) and Ian Chan (Richmond, BC) won silver in wheelchair rugby.
- Nathan Dewitt (Surrey, BC), coached by James Hustvedt (North Vancouver, BC), finished in 8th place in the T34 100m, which was a personal best in his first Paralympic Games.
At the recent CWSA Award Banquet in Winnipeg, several BCWSA members were honoured for their contribution to the wheelchair sports community. Congratulations to Michelle Stilwell who was named Female Athlete of the year; Marni Abbott-Peter, who received the Rick Hansen Award; Nancy Harris, who received the Dr. R.W. Jackson Award; Peter Lawless, who won the Stephen Dubuc award for excellence in coaching; and James Hustvedt, who won the Stan Stronge Memorial Award. Kathy Newman was also honoured for her 30 years of service.
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Learn wheelchair rugby in a fun, supportive environment from one of the sport's creators, Duncan Campbell, and provincial team member Byron Green. Sessions will from from 6 - 8 pm at the GF Strong gymnasium beginning Sept. 22nd.
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BCWSA Athletes Shine at 2011 Western Canada Summer Games
Congratulations to all of our athletes at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. Tristan Smyth won gold medals in all three of his events, tennis athletes Pat Ryan and Mika Ishikawa swept all of their tennis events, Djami Diallo won a silver and a bronze, and Eddy Solla won a bronze! Keep up the good work!
Celebrating BCWSA's 40th Birthday
On February 5th, BCWSA marked 40 years as an official society. To celebrate, we ran a photo contest and released the top 40 BC wheelchair sports stories from the past 40 years in our "40 Years. 40 Stories. 40 Days" initiative. Check out the "40 Years. 40 Stories. 40 Days." blog or our Facebook page.
Athletics Canada's 2010 Award
Michelle Stilwell wins Athletics Canada's 2010 Award as Outstanding Para-Athlete of the Year in Wheelchair Events - more
BC Shines At the CWSA Awards Night
Several members of the BC wheelchair sports community were honoured recently at the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association Awards. The awards, which recognize the excellence of athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers in Canada's wheelchair sports community, were held in Ottawa on Dec 4th following the CWSA Annual General Meeting.
BCWSA's successful hosting of the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships netted it several honours. The organizing committee won the Rick Hansen award, which is given yearly to an organization or individual that advances the growth and development of wheelchair sports. As Chair of the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships Society, Laurel Crosby's dedication to the event - not to mention the $15,000 she raised at the silent auction - earned her the Volunteer of the Year award.
The BC Breakers provincial women's wheelchair basketball team was also celebrated. This May, the Breakers beat the six-time champion Edmonton Inferno to capture their first national championship. The team was named Team of the Year and their coach, Cheryl Corrigan, also received the Stéphan Dubuc Memorial Award for coaching excellence.
Parksville's Trevor Hirschfield received the final award of the night when he won the Male Athlete of the Year Award. This year, Trevor has established himself as one of the best 1.0 athletes in the world. He was named to the All Star team at both this year's 2010 Coloplast Canadian Wheelchair Rugby National Championships and the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships.
To view video clips of the awards presentations, please visit www.youtube.com/WheelSportsCanada.
Former Canadian Sr. Women's Wheelchair Basketball Coach Tim Frick honoured with Geoff Gowan Award for Lifetime Achievement
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BCWSA and Sport BC can help reduce your travel costs
Through an arrangement with Sport BC, all BCWSA members, clubs and teams are now eligible to receive preferred rates on:
Not only is this a great way for you to save on travel costs, it's also a way for you to contribute to BCWSA because BC Wheelchair Sports will receive 5% on the total value of all bookings made using our special code! Here's how it works:
- Room rentals with Sandman Hotels, Inns and Suites across Canada
- Car rentals with Avis Rent-A-Car in Western Canada
When making reservations with Sandman Hotels, just quote the BC Wheelchair Sports booking code "BCWS" which entitles you to the Best Available Rate (BAR). The earlier you book in advance, the cheaper the rate will be.
Avis Rent-A-Car Agreement
When making a reservation with Avis Rent-A-Car, please use the Sport BC Avis Worldwide Discount Number (AWD#): S497200. This code can be used by anyone at any time, and will enforce a price ceiling that you can be charged for the rental, including during peak seasons. If the advertised price is lower than the price associated with this code, you will be charged the cheaper of the two.