Mark this week on your calendar! British Columbia Coaches Week, an initiative of Coaches BC, focuses on the recruitment, development and celebration of sport coaches with events around the province. Events include training opportunities, workshops and celebrations of the work of volunteer and community coaches.
Plan now to schedule your coaching-related courses and events during Coaches Week. We will list it on the Coaches BC website as an official Coaches Week event and we will help to promote your event.
There are many ways that you can celebrate Coaches Week.
Contact Heather at if you have any questions.
Coach Patty Schlaffen-Brown was one of my first coaches in the late '70's and 80's post sci. I was freshly injured and she was but 18 or 19 yrs old but took Wheelchair Volleyball and Wheelchair Sports very seriously. She and Tim Frick basically motivated we new players, Murray Brown, Daniel Wesley, Ken Hinton, Rick Hansen, Terry Fox and others to maximize our potentials when we thought life as an athlete was over, due to our injuries. She organized the early Spring Tours and made sure the athletes going were at their best. Her dedication to the early organization of BC Wheelchair Sports is one of the reasons the Association is as strong as it is today. I went on to coach Middle school volleyball for many years. I used her techniques and followed her example that athlete development was the primary goal of a successful coach. After 38 years of maximizing my potential and keeping a Positive Mental Attitude, I always think of her when asked who my early mentors were in sport. Thank you Coach Schlaffen, you made a big difference in my life. One I will always cherish. - Pat M
Coaching can be though of as empowering others to feel confident in life through sports. By teaching athletes to learn about themselves and their boundaries (physical, mental, emotional) we teach them that they can accomplish amazing feats in all areas of life, not only sport. Coaching is about molding the community into a healthy place by inspiring others to pursue physical excellence. I especially enjoy the mutual appreciation of a coach/athlete relationship. Last weekend at a competition a familiar face approached me. She reminded me that I had helped her at a competition 4 years ago, and that my gentle and encouraging style had encouraged her to become a coach. She has recruited and now trains hundreds of athletes using my style as a model. - Sherry H.
|Castlegar Nordic Ski Club, Submitted by Ann Quarterman||BC Summer Games, Submitted by BC Games Society||Coach Vassili Zesus Angelblazer, Teaching CYA Bronze Sail IV|
Question winners and what they had to say:
Why did you first get into coaching...``there's something special about sport, its the best feeling in the world to share that with someone. Being a coach puts you right there when people get that spark, and lets you guide them to discover magic for themselves``
What has coaching taught you...``Good coaching requires giving lots of your time and your passion. Poor coaching takes the time and passion from others``
'Like of Coaches BC Facebook page winner: Michelle Lorusso
All winners were chosen randomly and thanks to everyone who participated. If you see your name on this list please email your address to Heather at [email protected] so we can mail you your prize.
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