BC aboriginal provincial development sport camps announced

The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) has announced the dates and locations of upcoming BC Aboriginal Provincial Athlete Development Camps for the months of February and March 2016.

The BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships and Athlete Development Camps series are an important component of the Partners Council’s Provincial Strategy for Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity. The events provide a unique opportunity for Aboriginal athletes and coaches from First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Friendship Centres throughout the province to participate in events that promote sport excellence while celebrating cultural unity and pride.

Overseen by Provincial Aboriginal Sport Committees, the championships and camps will eventually serve as the primary events by which athletes and coaches will be identified and/or selected to represent B.C. at the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games.

These upcoming winter events provide opportunity for athletes eligible for NAIG to better prepare for Team BC qualifying events set to begin in summer and fall of 2016. Here are the confirmed dates, locations and host communities for the following events:

Wrestling camp hosted by Tseshaht First Nation and Alberni Valley Wrestling Club, Thursday, Feb. 4, Alberni District Secondary School. Contact: Tyrone Marshall, recreation@tseshaht.com To register: https://aboriginalsportbc.wufoo.eu/forms/wrestling-camp/


Two sessions offered

Held evening prior to Alberni Invitational

4:30-5:30 p.m. – novice/beginner, Ages 5+

6:30-8:30 p.m. – experienced wrestlers, Ages 11+

Meet role models; learn more about NAIG

Volleyball camp hosted by Nak’azdli First Nation and Fort St. James Métis,

Sunday, Feb. 14 at Prince George Secondary School. Contact: Winnie Sam, recreation@nakazdli.ca To register: https://aboriginalsportbc.wufoo.eu/forms/aboriginal-provincial- volleyball-development-camp/



Ages 11 to 17; Held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Skills development camp for all levels

Guest coach facilitator Jeff Ross, assistant coach for UBC Thunderbirds

Assisted by Team BC 2014 NAIG head coach Kristi Prince

Track and field camp hosted by Lower Nicola First Nation and Kamloops Track & Field Club, Saturday, Feb. 20 at Lower Nicola Band School in Merritt. Contact: Joe Quewezance, joeq@lnib.net To register: https://aboriginalsportbc.wufoo.eu/forms/track- camp/



Ages 9 to16

Skills development camp for all levels

Led by top coaches with Kamloops T&F Club

Badminton camps hosted by Squamish Nation and Central Badminton Academy,

Feb. 26 in North Vancouver. Contact: Wilson Williams, Wilson_williams@squamish.net

Feb. 27 in Prince George. Contact: Lisa Davison, lisa_davison@badmintonbc.com To register: https://aboriginalsportbc.wufoo.eu/forms/aboriginal- provincial-badminton-development-camp/



Ages 11 to 17

Skills development camp for all levels

Two locations offered

North Vancouver camp led by Charles Neufeldt

Prince George camp led by Lisa Davison

Archery camp

March 12-13

Ages 10+

Details to be confirmed and announced at later date



Rifle camp

March 26-27

Ages 10+

Details to be confirmed and announced at later date


To register, and for further details for any of these camps, visit the Event Calendar tab on our website, www.aboriginalsportbc.ca, or visit the Events tab on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ASRPAPartnersCouncil.

Details for provincial championships and development camps that will serve as talent identification or athlete selection events for Team BC for 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will be announced in the spring and will commence in the summer and fall of 2016.


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