COVID-19 and Return to Sport

Visit this page to see all of our updates on COVID-19 its impact on our programming. 

On June 26, 2020 we released our Return to Sport Guidelines for Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Athletics and will be providing an update on a return to programming in the coming weeks. 

Please note that while the Province of BC is now in Phase 3 of its Restart Plan, we are only just entering Level 2 of our Return to Sport Plan for Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Athletics. 

Wheelchair Rugby remains in Level 1 of our Return to Sport plan meaning that all of our wheelchair programs remain suspended as we continue to work on developing our Return to Sport Guidelines for Rugby. 

The health and well-being of our community is at the core of all of our decision-making. You can read our latest below and view the full guidelines for Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Athletics by clicking on the links in the menu on the left-hand side.

*The Government of BC has created a ministerial order that protects amateur sport organizations, their employees and volunteers from liability. The ministerial order can be viewed here - http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/mo/mo/2020_m183

The ministerial order protects amateur sport organizations and their representatives from damages resulting, directly or indirectly, from COVID-19 for amateur sports. For example, a sport organization or its representatives will not be liable for a participant in their sports program being exposed to COVID-19 as a result of participation. It is important for sport organizations to understand that the protection will only be in place so long as the organizations follow all applicable guidance including viaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines, BC Public Health Orders and Guidelines on how to prevent the spread of the virus AND all Return to Sport Guidelines distributed their Provincial Sport Organization (in this case BCWSA). LSO’s, Clubs or Programs who do not adhere to all of the above guidelines exactly will not be protected from liability.

The order and protections will be in place so long as BC is in a Provincial State of Emergency. BCWSA will communicate any changes or updates to the order as they become available.  

 

Latest Update- June 26, 2020
 

BC Wheelchair Sports is pleased to announce the release of our Return to Sport Guidelines for Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Athletics.

The release of the Return to Sport Guidelines is our first step towards a phased return to wheelchair tennis and wheelchair athletics programming in the province and will allow our many clubs and programs throughout the province to begin the work to return to sport and allow for the resumption of small group training in wheelchair athletics and wheelchair tennis.

Clubs and programs MUST have approval from BCWSA before proceeding with the resumption of wheelchair tennis and wheelchair athletics programming.  All wheelchair tennis and wheelchair athletics programs must follow our Return to Sport Guidelines and provincial health guidelines in order to be protected by the recent Ministerial order for sport organizations available here.

The ministerial order protects amateur sport organizations and their representatives from damages resulting, directly or indirectly, from COVID-19 for amateur sports. For example, a sport organization or its representatives will not be liable for a participant in their sports program being exposed to COVID-19 as a result of participation. It is important for sport organizations to understand that the protection will only be in place so long as the organizations follow all applicable guidance including viaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines, BC Public Health Orders and Guidelines on how to prevent the spread of the virus AND all Return to Sport Guidelines distributed their Provincial Sport Organization (in this case BCWSA). LSO’s, Clubs or Programs who do not adhere to all of the above guidelines exactly will not be protected from liability.

The order and protections will be in place so long as BC is in a Provincial State of Emergency. BCWSA will communicate any changes or updates to the order as they become available.  

Throughout this process, the health and safety of our members and community remains our first priority and is at the core of our strategy and decision making.

Please note that while the Province of BC may be entering Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan. We are only in Level 2 of our Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Athletics Return to Sport Plans and remain in Level 1 for Wheelchair Rugby. As a result, all of our Wheelchair Rugby programs remain suspended while we continue to work our Return to Sport plan

To answer any questions and support our members in the above process we will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday June 30th at 2:00PM for Wheelchair Tennis and 3:30pm for Wheelchair Athletics to provide some more information and to answer any questions or listen to any concerns you might have at this time.  To RSVP to the Town Hall, contact the coordinator responsible for your sport via the contact information at the bottom of this page.

In addition to the Return to Sport Guidelines for Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Athletics, BC Wheelchair Sports has also published a new Illness Policy and an Outbreak Protocol that all of our programs will have to follow, those new policies are available to read by clicking here

BCWSA has also developed new Waiver and Assumption of Risk documents that will replace all previous waivers used by the organization.  Everyone engaged in programs or events supported by BCWSA will need to sign these new waivers.  The two documents are available in the links section at the bottom of this update. All participants must also sign a Declaration of Health before participating in any programs. 

We’d like to thank all of the athletes, coaches, volunteers and community members who have provided us with valuable feedback throughout this process and appreciate your patience and understanding as we work towards a new normal and get back to the sports that we love and enjoy so much

We will have more programming updates in the coming weeks that will be posted on our website, in our newsletter, and on our social media channels.

For more information on Wheelchair Tennis and to sign up for Tuesday’s Town Hall, please contact::
Senior Program Coordinator Michelle McDonell | michelle@bcwheelchairsports.com

For more information on Wheelchair Athletics and to sign up for Tuesday’s Town Hall, please contact:
Program Coordinator Ana Karanovic | ana@bcwheelchairsports.com  

Links

BC Wheelchair Sports Return to Sport Guidelines
BCWSA Return to Sport Guidelines - Wheelchair Tennis

BCWSA Return to Sport Guidelines- Wheelchair Athletics

Updated BC Wheelchair Sports Waiver and Assumption of Risk Forms
BCWSA Waiver for Individuals over the Age of Majority
BCWSA Assumption of Risk- Individuals Under the Age of Majority

BC Wheelchair Sports Policies
BCWSA COVID-19 and Illness Policy
BCWSA Outbreak Response Protocol
To view our complete list of policies, click here

BC Wheelchair Sports COVID-19 Declaration

Provincial Resources
BC's Restart Plan
Ministerial Order- Protection Against Liability for Sports (COVID-19) Order  
viaSport BC Return to Sport Page
viaSport BC List of Sport-Specific Return to Sport Guidelines

Sports Medicine Advisory Council Update

Past Updates

 

May 12
April 30
March 30
March 13

Have Your Say

The health, safety, and well-being of our community is our utmost priority and we want to ensure that input from our members and participants is included in our Return to Sport Plan. Fill out our survey and let us know about your opinions, questions and concerns are around a safe Return to Sport. 

Click here to share your feedback!

Webinars

BCWSA Programming staff will be hosting online Q + A sessions about the Return to Sport process for athletes, coaches, and clubs for each of our sports.  To register, please email the staff member assigned to your sport. 

Sport Date Time Contact/Registeration
Wheelchair Tennis Thursday, June 4 10:30 (Coaches) & 4pm (Athletes) Michelle McDonell
michelle@bcwheelchairsports.com
Wheelchair Rugby Thursday, June 11 1pm Nathan Bragg
communications@bcwheelchairsports.com

 
Wheelchair Athletics  Thursday, June 11 3pm Ana Karanovic
ana@bcwheelchairsports.com

Town Halls

BC Wheelchair Sports will be hosting Virtual Town Halls for our community members and clubs to learn and ask questions about our recently released Return to Sport Guidelines for Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Athletics.

Sport Date Time Contact/Register
Wheelchair Tennis Tuesday, June 30 2pm Michelle McDonell michelle@bcwheelchairsports.com
Wheelchair Athletics Tuesday, June 30 3:30pm Ana Karanovic
ana@bcwheelchairsports.com