COVID-19 and Return to Sport

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

As of October 23, 2020, we have moved into Level 3 of our Return to Sport plan for all three of our sports. You can find sport specific guidelines in the menu on the left-hand side of this page. 

Please note per the Public Health Order released on November 9, 2020, all wheelchair rugby programming in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Coastal Regions will be moving back to Level 2 of our Return to Sport Plan. Group training, contact and sharing of any equipment is suspended until further notice.

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

*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- November 9

 

BC Wheelchair Sports Return to Sport Update – November 9, 2020

To our community and membership

BC Wheelchair Sports continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation in BC and follow all public health orders.

As per the most recent public health orders released on Saturday, November 7, there are now increased restrictions on social gatherings and indoor sports in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health Regions in place until November 23, 2020.

These new restrictions mean that effectively immediately, we have suspended plans to resume our Vancouver Wheelchair Rugby Program and move wheelchair rugby back to Level 2 of our Return to Sport plan in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health Regions.  Following November 23rd we will revaluate the situation based on the Provincial Health Orders in place at that time.

There will no changes to our Wheelchair Tennis or Athletics programs at this time, as physical distancing can still be maintained within their current guidelines. We will continue to evaluate this decision as directions from Public Health evolve.

BCWSA encourages all of our community to read and follow all public health orders around social interactions, gatherings, group physical activities and travel.

We will continue to provide updates on our Return to Sport Plan on our website, across our social media channels and in our newsletter.  We appreciate all of the support and patience we’ve received from the community as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on sport.

 

Past Updates

October 23
August 23
July 25

June 26
May 12
April 30
March 30
March 13

 

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