Friday, September 19, 2014

Douglas College pumped to celebrate BC Coaches Week

                                                              Jerald Walliser Photo
Douglas College will be pumping iron and going shoeless to mark BC Coaches Week from Sept. 20-27. Led by ViaSport British Columbia, BC Coaches Week is held annually to recognize the valuable contribution coaches make to sport across the province.

“Whether they’re volunteering with a youth team or providing guidance to collegiate athletes, coaches are the backbone of the sport system here in B.C. We want to celebrate their amazing contributions and have some fun at the same time, which is why we’ve organized some exciting activities for BC Coaches Week,” says Alison Gill, Fieldwork and Coaching Coordinator at Douglas College.

As part of the celebration, Douglas College is offering the public a behind-the-scenes look at how competitive athletes train. Throughout the sports season, strength and conditioning coach Jake Elder leads daily 75-minute workout sessions with varsity athletes at the New Westminster Campus. During BC Coaches Week, the public is invited to watch the workouts and take part in brief Q&A discussions. Information about the sessions and registration is available on the Douglas College website. Free admission, space is limited.

As well, Douglas College students and athletes are raising funds to support Right to Play, an international organization that helps to educate and empower disadvantaged children through fun programs and activities. Students in the Sport Science program have challenged varsity athletes to take part in the “Go Shoeless” fundraiser. Those who accept the challenge must take off their shoes for an entire game or class, photograph their experience and help bring in donations.