2010 Legacies Now and PacificSport are pleased to provide members of the sport community with an update on the Integrated Performance System (IPS). More specifically, this note provides aninformation update related to the “performance sports” as part of the Targeted Sport Strategy forBritish Columbia, based on the work conducted by the Integrated Performance Plan Working Group(IPPWG) facilitated by PacificSport.
The Integrated Performance System (IPS) vertically and horizontally integrates sport performancesystems at the national, provincial and regional levels. The IPS offers training and developmentpathways for athletes, coaches and sport science / sport medicine practitioners while targetingsports that have a potential for success. The goal of the IPS is a British Columbia sport system thatdevelops more BC athletes on national teams with the potential to reach the podium and winmedals for Canada.
“The Working Group deserves congratulations for its comprehensive work in developing theIntegrated Performance System and identifying the 10 Performance Sports for BC,” said ProvincialMinister for Tourism, Sport and the Arts, Olga Ilich, “It is initiatives such as this that keep BritishColumbia at the leading edge of sport development as we prepare for 2010 and beyond.”
“2010 Legacies Now is delighted to support the implementation of the new Integrated PerformanceSystem led by PacificSport in cooperation with 30 Provincial Sport Organizations. A major focus ofthis system is coaching and, thanks to the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts, atotal of $2 million dollars per year will increase support to 150 performance coaches throughout theprovince,” said Marion Lay, President, 2010 Legacies Now.
The selection process for the ten “Performance Sports” (provincially targeted sports) has recentlybeen completed and we are pleased to formally announce that they are:
10 Performance Sports for BC
BC Targeted Sports
- Canoe / Kayak (flatwater)
- Field Hockey
- Synchronized Swimming
- Table Tennis
“We are pleased that British Columbia is now one step further in the development andimplementation of an Integrated Performance System. PacificSport is honoured to have played alead role in working with the sport partners at the local, regional, provincial and national levels toensure the further development of BC athletes and their coaches,” said Wendy Pattenden, COO ofPacificSport.
“2010 Legacies Now and PacificSport have taken a truly collaborative approach in the developmentof the Integrated Performance System. By involving members of BC’s sport community andrepresentatives from our Provincial Sport Organizations in decisions throughout this process, we are now seeing the implementation of a new system over which we all have ownership,” explainsSandra Stevenson, CEO of Sport BC.
In addition to the performance sports listed above, there are 12 “Priority Sports” targetednationally by Own the Podium and the Canadian Sport Review Panel (CSRP). These sports currentlyhave a National Training Centre (NTC) in British Columbia. Furthermore, 8 winter sports targeted aspart of Game Plan BC (Winter) are designated as Priority Sports, bringing the total to 20.
20 Priority Sports for BC:
12 nationally targeted sports in BC
- Freestyle Skiing
- Wheelchair Basketball
- Wheelchair Sports (Athletics, Rugby, Tennis)
8 Game Plan BC targeted winter sports
- Alpine Skiing
- Alpine Skiing (disability)
- Cross Country Skiing
- Figure Skating
- Hockey (women’s)
- Speed Skating
The Targeted Sport Strategy for British Columbia has been developed initially using the frameworkof sports targeted at the national level and broadening that slightly to include key sports in BritishColumbia. The targeting of sports is new to British Columbia and to Canada, however is a widelyaccepted international best practice. Countries such as Australia, Great Britain, France and Japanwere using a targeted sport strategy as early as 1993.
The next phase of the IPS Targeted Sport Strategy for British Columbia is another application andselection opportunity for the 52 sports that meet the MEC (Minimum Eligibility Criteria) for corefunding, to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to receive support for 1 or more of 12 RegionalCoach Wildcards. This is in addition to the 80 Regional Coach positions supported for the Priorityand Performance Sports.
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For more information contact
Director of Planning and Performance,
Sport and Recreation Now
2010 Legacies Now
Tel: 250 383-7992
Chief Operating Officer,
Tel: 604 737-3013