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May 5, 2020 – The Sport Law & Strategy Group (SLSG) is committed to sharing relevant knowledge to sport leaders using a variety of mediums including newsletters, webinars, workshops, keynotes, educational sessions and blogs. In her most recent blog, Dina Bell-Laroche shares a different way for sport leaders to consider ‘carrying grief and loss stories’. This blog outlines some of the myths surrounding grief and loss and some recommended healthy and healing practices to normalize what we might be experiencing, given today’s uncertain environment.

The Sport Law & Strategy Group has been providing strategic insight to the Canadian sport community since 1992. We are accessible, affordable, and highly skilled, bringing unparallel experience and common sense to every project.


For more information please contact Dina Bell-Laroche at 613.591.1246 or

Coaching modules are now available at a discount
The VC Coaching Centre is the gateway to coaching development resources including NCCP course registration, evaluation tools, and e-learning modules. The VCCC also links directly to the Coaching Association of Canada Locker (The Locker) to track coach education and progress. Get started now with discounted courses or continue your professional development journey!
Volleyball Canada is offering Foundations of Volleyball and Elementary Volleyball for 50% off the regular price from May 1 to June 30, 2020.
Foundations of Volleyball is a great addition to all volleyball coaches’ knowledge bank. While the module is a pre-requisite for the National Coaching Certification Program Workshops (Development and Advanced Development) and the current Coach Certification policy, it is an excellent resource for providing a safe, quality environment for all athletes. The program can be completed in four to six hours.
Fee: $44.50
The Elementary Volleyball Leader course is designed for elementary school teachers delivering physical education curriculum for grades one to six. The course is also beneficial for community centres and clubs looking for a program that develops physical literacy through volleyball. The module includes two to four hours of interactive exercises, video demonstrations, unit plans, a teacher guide with sample lesson plans and assessments, and five professional development (PD) points for NCCP certified coaches. Coaches who complete the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) pathway will achieve the status of “Trained” Elementary Volleyball Leader. This module can be completed in 60 to 90 minutes
Fee: $29.50

Safe Sport reminder: The safe sport module is a free, 90-minute eLearning module that gives all participants the tools to recognize, address, and prevent maltreatment in sport. The module aligns with the principles of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport and meets Sport Canada requirements for Safe Sport education. Volleyball Canada is requiring that all individuals involved with the sport across the country take the new safe sport training module.
Visit the CAC safe sport training site for more info:
Additional resources (fees may apply).

·        For more info on coaching resources, contact:

Ottawa, May 1, 2020 – Canada Artistic Swimming is proud to announce that Saskatoon has been selected as the host city for its 2021 National Qualifier.

The event will be held at the Shaw Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on March 22-28, 2021. Hosted in partnership with Saskatchewan Artistic Swimming and the Saskatoon Aqualenes, the event is scheduled to welcome over 450 athletes from across Canada.

Canada Artistic Swimming’s National Qualifier is the largest competition on the national calendar, welcoming athletes in the 13-15, junior and senior age groups looking to qualify for the year-end National Championships. In addition, the competition serves as part of the national high performance talent identification process, with top athletes being evaluated by experts throughout the week.

This will mark the first time in seven years that Canada Artistic Swimming stages an event in Saskatchewan, after it welcomed its Open Championships (the Canadian Championships for the junior and senior age groups) at Saskatoon’s Shaw Centre in 2014. Opened in 2009, the internationally-recognized venue features a 10-lane 50m pool that is at least 3m deep over its entire length, making it particularly well-suited for artistic swimming. Ideally located close to the airport and multiple accommodation options, the venue boasts an experienced hosting staff.

Kathleen Reynolds, Executive Director at Saskatchewan Artistic Swimming (SAS), is very proud that Saskatchewan was chosen to host the 2021 National Qualifier Event in Saskatoon. 

“We’d like to congratulate the Saskatoon Aqualenes for their successful bid – we’re proud to have such dedicated volunteers in Saskatoon and throughout all our clubs in Saskatchewan. Together, we look forward to making this a memorable event for all!”

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that the Saskatoon Aqualenes, in partnership with Saskatchewan Artistic Swimming, will host next year’s National  Qualifier,” stated Jennifer Friedt, President of the Saskatoon Aqualenes Artistic Swimming Club. “We’re thrilled to host athletes, coaches and officials from across the country and come together to celebrate this amazing sport. Saskatoon is one of Saskatchewan’s most beautiful cities and our Prairie Hospitality is second to none! See you all in March 2021!”

The City of Saskatoon, through its Sports Tourism bureau, has also committed to support the event. “Saskatoon Sports Tourism is happy to work with the Canada Artistic Swimming to host the National Artistic Swimming Qualifier in March 2021 in Saskatoon,” said Brad Peters, Managing Director of Saskatoon Sports Tourism. “Our mandate is to work with sport organizations of all kinds to bring events like this to our community, and we are confident that this event will appeal to a wide variety of visitors and residents alike.”

The competition will also be the first national event held in 2 years, as the 2020 competitions were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re very enthusiastic about going back to Saskatoon who has hosted great events for CAS previously.” said Canada Artistic Swimming president Judi Enns Bradette. “And we’re especially happy today to announce a return to national competition for our community. We can’t wait to see the talented artistic swimmers from our clubs back in action again!”

More information about the event can be found at

About Canada Artistic Swimming

Canada Artistic Swimming is an organization that fosters the pursuit of excellence while developing athletes, citizens, and ambassadors of the sport of artistic swimming at all levels. From its 1924 beginnings in Montréal, artistic swimming has been actively pursued by more than 70 countries worldwide. Canada proudly ranks among the best of these nations.

For further information, visit Canada Artistic Swimming’s Website at or follow Canada Artistic Swimming on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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For information:Stéphane Côté
Events & Communications Director
Canada Artistic Swimming

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) and the Provincial Advisory Council (PAC) are seeking nominations for individuals to fill a vacant position on the RCA Board of Directors – Provincial Director.

The Provincial Director is the Chair of PAC, reports on PAC activities to the RCA Board, attends meetings in person and via conference call, and is expected to fulfill all the fiduciary and governance responsibilities of a full member of the RCA Board.


PAC members attend regular conference calls (approximately eight per year) and also meet in person, including at the RCA National Conference in January.

The PAC is a committee of RCA, duly constituted under its by-laws, responsible for maintaining effective communication between and among Provincial Rowing Associations (PRAs) and RCA, for the sharing of issues, and for acting as a sound board for committees and the Board of RCA on matters of importance to the development of the sport of rowing at the local and provincial levels.

Key Duties:
The PAC will perform the following key duties:

Click here to download a copy of the PAC’s Terms of Reference.


RCA Board Members meet in person approximately three times per year on weekends (typically spring, fall, and during the RCA National Conference in January) and at other times via conference call throughout the year. Board Members can also serve as liaisons to RCA Committees and Working Groups and as such, provide leadership and guidance to these committees on an ongoing basis.

Directors and Officers must fulfill all requirements of the Canada Corporations Act (or its successor legislation, the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act) and the Canada Revenue Agency’s requirements for Board Members of Registered Charities.

If you meet these requirements, offer some of the key competencies as our liaison to the RCA Board, and you are interested in contributing your expertise to our progressive and innovative organization, please send a resume and statement of interest by May 20, 2020:

Provincial Advisory Council

RCA Board of Directors

Ottawa, ON, May 1, 2020 – The suspension of Equestrian Canada (EC) sanctioned competition has been extended to June 30, 2020, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Please note: From May 1-June 30, 2020, EC competitions may be sanctioned on a case-by-case basis upon request by a Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) due to varying timelines across provinces regarding reopening. Mandates from provincial and federal government bodies and public health authorities will be the final factor for sanctioning until further notice.

Return to activity (i.e. reopening of riding schools, lesson barns, coaching businesses and training facilities) will be determined by reopening plans from the appropriate provincial government bodies. A document supporting the return to business operations will be shared by EC on May 4, 2020.

With many provinces set to implement a phased-in reopening, this suspension extension is intended to provide adequate time between the return to activity and the return to competition. A working group of EC staff and veterinarians has been developing a graduated framework that will protect the health and welfare of horses upon competition reinstatement; this framework will be published in the coming weeks. The recommendations of this working group are part of joint initiatives with the PTSOs, select competition organizers and coaches/technical advisors.

No competitions will be sanctioned by either EC or PTSOs for the period of suspension, except those approved on the case-by-case basis outlined above. All matters pertaining to the accumulation of points, scores, qualification or rankings towards any EC awards program or team selection will be addressed once a return to competition framework has been published. Competition hosts will be able to receive a full refund of their sanctioning fees or have the funds held as a credit for future competitions.

All in-person meetings, clinics, events, Rookie Rider and Learn to Ride/Drive activities will continue to be suspended until further notice. Virtual participation in these programs and events is encouraged where available; options are being explored for programs that do not have virtual options at this time.

EC will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic and asses the need for further extensions to the suspension timeline.

EC is making every effort to ensure continuous, thorough and up-to-date communication concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. EC’s complete statement on COVID-19, including regular updates, can be found on our website here. For the running list of cancelled/postponed clinics and events, click here.

Thank you for your cooperation and engagement as we work diligently to keep our community safe and informed. We are counting on each and every member of the Canadian equestrian community to make responsible decisions based on the information available, the conditions in your geographic area and directives from your local government and public health authorities.

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Sail Canada is proud to announce the members of the 2020-2021 Canadian Sailing Team and Canadian Sailing Development Squad.

Based on the current Sail Canada High-Performance Plan and the Podium Pathway, what has been previously known as the National Sailing Team or the Canadian Sailing Team, is now divided into two divisions; The Canadian Sailing Team (“CST”) and The Canadian Sailing Development Squad (“CSDS”). Sail Canada believes it is important to make a shift from the notion that receiving Sport Canada AAP funding (“carded”) automatically translate to Canadian Sailing Team or National Team status.

Through this shift, Sail Canada hopes to better support athletes on both the CST and CSDS at their respective stages as they move through the Podium Pathway.

Congratulations to the following members of the 2020-21 Canadian Sailing Team and Canadian Sailing Development Squad :

The Canadian Sailing Team (National Team) Finn Tom Ramshaw – Toronto, ON – SLYC/ RCYC
Laser Radial Sarah Douglas – Toronto, ON – ABYC
49erFX Ali ten Hove – Kingston, ON – KYC Mariah Millen – Toronto, ON – RCYC
RS Venture Connect John McRoberts – Victoria, BC – RVicYC Scott Lutes – Montreal, QC – PCYC
2.4mR Bruce Millar – Victoria, BC – RvicYC Jackie Gay – Victoria, BC – RVicYC   The Canadian Sailing Development Squad
Finn Kyle Martin – Vancouver, BC – RVYC
Laser Fillah Karim – Vancouver, BC – RVYC Liam Bruce – Oakville – PCYC Luke Ruitenberg – St. Margaret’s Bay, NS – RNSYS Matti Muru – Toronto, ON – PCYC
Laser Radial  Clara Gravely – Toronto, ON – ABYC Coralie Vittecoq – Montreal, QC – HYC Maura Dewey – Victoria, BC – RVicYC
RS:X W Nikola Girke – Vancouver, BC – RVYC Olivia Mew – Toronto, ON – Toronto Windsurfing Club/ RCYC
470M Luke Ramsay – Vancouver, BC – RVYC Hunter Lowden– Vancouver, BC – RVYC Oliver Bone – Montreal, QC – RNSYS Jacob Saunders – Chester, NS – RNSYS/CYC
49erFX Georgia Lewin – Lafrance – Chester, NS – RNSYS Antonia Lewin – Lafrance – Chester, NS – RNSYS
49er Andrew Wood – Vancouver, BC – RVYC Ryan Wood – Vancouver, BC – RVYC Evan DePaul – Hamilton, ON – RHYC William Jones – Hamilton, ON – RHYC Sam Bonin – Toronto, ON – RCYC Will Bonin – Toronto, ON – RCYC Alexander Heinzemann – Vancouver, BC – RVYC
2.4mR Delani Hulme – Lawrence – Victoria, BC, RVicYC Peter Eager – Toronto, ON, NYC   Proud supporters of the 2020-21 Canadian Sailing Team & Development Squad ·   Helly Hansen·   Government of Canada  Photo: Sailing Energy


As the curling world copes with the COVID-19 pandemic, messages of hope and resilience are being sent by young athletes around the world.

And that will be one of the central themes of Curling Canada’s 2020 For the Love of Curling scholarship program, which will begin taking applications today.

The program will award 10 $2,500 scholarships to male and female curlers in Canada who best demonstrate athletic and academic prowess as well as community leadership.

As part of the application, the young athletes are asked to write a two-page essay, and this year’s theme will focus on the COVID-19 outbreak. The essay should reflect “on how you, your teammates and your curling community were impacted by the 2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. During these challenging times of social and physical distancing, event cancellations and the curling season suspending early, where are you finding inspiration, strength and positivity, and how are you role-modelling these same attributes for those around you?”

Emphasis will be placed on athletes who have competed at the provincial/territorial level or higher, who have maintained a good level of academic standing, while showing a strong commitment to their community through involvement in coaching, instructing and volunteer activities. Athletes must be under the age of 24 as of Dec. 31, 2020, and not have received the For the Love of CurlingScholarship previously.

“Young athletes can provide such inspiration and hope, and we’re extremely proud that our scholarship program plays a valuable role in helping these athletes,” said John Shea, Chair of the Curling Canada Board of Governors. “We know curling will return, we know fans and athletes alike will embrace that return, and we also know this year’s scholarship recipients will be future leaders in our communities who will inspire others to be better.”

At the 2020 New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Langley, B.C., there were 10 former recipients of the For The Love of Curling Scholarship, including all four members of the 2020 Canadian and world junior women’s championship team: Mackenzie Zacharias, Emily Zacharias, Karlee Burgess and Lauren Lenentine.

The application process runs from May 1 to June 30, 2020. Scholarships will be awarded in August.

For more information or to apply, visit online at


Brodie Bazinet
Foundation Manager, Curling Canada
Tel: 613-834-2076 ext. 127

Al Cameron
Director, Communication & Media Relations
Curling Canada
Tel: 403-463-5500

Paralympic and Olympic veterans lead Nordic Canucks on world stage

CANMORE, Alta.—A new generation of Nordic Canucks will take another stride forward on the trail towards Beijing 2022 as Nordiq Canada announced the 2020-21 National Ski Team on Friday.

Determined to climb up the results page at all levels of the sport internationally, the relentless group of young cross-country ski stars who span the country will be focused on continuing their development.

A crop of Paralympic medallists and one Olympian headline the National Ski Team at the mid-way point of the current quadrennial. The Para-Nordic World Cup Ski Team, which will composed of nine athletes including two guides,  will be counted on to lead the medal-winning charge for Canada internationally over the next season.

Canada’s flag bearers at the 2018 Paralympic Games, Brian McKeever (Canmore, Alta.) and Mark Arendz (Hartsville, P.E.I.) continue to lead a talented mix of veteran experience with youthful energy and drive in Canada’s Para-Nordic squad. They will be joined by a foursome of Paralympic, World Championship and World Cup medallists that includes: Collin Cameron (Sudbury, Ont.); Natalie Wilkie (Salmon Arm, B.C.); Emily Young (Vancouver); and Brittany Hudak (Prince Albert, Sask.).  Derek Zaplotinsky (Smoky Lake, Alta.) will look to breakthrough onto the IPC World Cup podium for the first time this year. The 2018 Paralympian has been closing in on the podium over the last two seasons that has included two, fifth-place finishes along with a fourth-place result at the 2019 World Championships. 

Graham Nishikawa (Whitehorse) and Russell Kennedy (Canmore, Alta.) will both continue to share guiding duties for Brian McKeever. Kennedy, who competed at the 2018 Olympics before also helping to guide Brian McKeever at the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, will also include World Cup races on his schedule while training and competing with the para squad.

“This is an high-powered group of Para-nordic skiers who are focused on winning medals and  inspiring and developing the next generation of athletes,” said Shane Pearsall, chief executive officer, Nordiq Canada. “Depth is critical to mounting a podium attack at any level. Nearly every athlete on this team has stood on the Paralympic podium. With this experienced group steering the ship, the future is promising on the road to 2022.”

Nordiq Canada also announced six Para-Nordic athletes to its Prospect Team including: Jesse Bachinsky (Kenora, Ont.); Kyle Barber (Lively, Ont.); Lyne Marie Bilodeau (Magog, Que.); Jesse Ehman (Saskatoon); Christina Picton (Fonthill, Ont.); and guide, Levi Nadlersmith (Boissevain, Man.).

Fifteen athletes, including a number of new faces, will don the maple leaf for the National Ski Team which will be composed of seven senior development athletes and eight junior development skiers. The creation of one National Ski Team one year ago helps direct more resources and learning opportunities towards the junior level athletes.

Dahria Beatty is the lone Olympian who will be counted on to guide the young squad in the final two years towards the 2022 Games. They 26-year-old Beatty represented Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

Six other athletes on the Senior Development Team include: Philippe Boucher (Levis, Que.); Remi Drolet (Rossland, B.C.); Antoine Cyr (Gatineau, Que.); Graham Ritchie (Parry Sound, Ont.); Laura Leclair (Chelsea, Que.); and Pierre-Grall Johnson (Ottawa).

Tom Stephen (Calgary), Olivier Léveillé (Sherbrooke, Que.), Joe Davies (Pemberton, B.C.), Jasmine Drolet (Rossland, B.C.), Liliane Gagnon (Quebec City), Anna Pryce (Calgary), Molly Miller (Kimberly, B.C.), and Anne-Marie Petitclerc (Mont Saint-Anne, Que.) were selected to represent Canada’s Junior Development Team.

“This is a young group of athletes who we are focused on developing through to the 2026 Olympics,” added Pearsall, who added teenagers Remi Drolet, Olivier Léveillé, Tom Stephen and Xavier McKeever made history this past season as the first Canadians ever to ski onto the relay podium at the Junior World Championships where they celebrated the silver medal.

“The majority of this group have represented Canada at the Under-23 and Junior World Championships, and represent the future of our sport. They are equally determined to continue the trail to the international podium, but it is our goal to work with our sport and funding partners to ensure this group of athletes, loaded with potential, have the tools they require to succeed.”

While not officially part of the National Ski Team, Nordiq Canada has created a Prospects squad composed of four athletes including: Xavier McKeever (Canmore, Alta.); Alexandra Luxmoore (Revelstoke, B.C.); Anna Stewart (Neebin, Ont.); and Luke Allan (Ottawa).

Nordiq Canada is the governing body of para-nordic and cross-country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 60,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all ages and abilities. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas, Swix and Lanctôt Sports– along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium and B2Ten, Nordiq Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic and world champions. For more information on Nordiq Canada, please visit us at



Chris Dornan                                                       

Media and Public Relations

Nordiq Canada

T: 403-620-8731

2020 Cascadia RCA Masters Championships Cancelled.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, RCA and the Cascadia Regatta Association have jointly decided to cancel the 2020 Cascadia RCA Masters Championships, which was scheduled to take place July 17 to 19, 2020 in Burnaby, BC.

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Workout of the Week

Every Monday at 10:00am PDT, a new Workout of the Week video is posted to RCA’s Instagram TV channel (@rowingcanada). Challenge yourself and join rowers across the country in completing these workouts each week!

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Upcoming webinars

RCA is producing a series of webinars for our membership, coaches and athletes on a variety of topics, such as nutrition, mental health, training at home, coaching remotely, and Masters rowing. Webinars are recorded and available for later viewing.
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RCA statement on the passing of Ed Winchester

RCA is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of RCA alumnus and rowing reporter Edward (Ed) Vincent Winchester. 

Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Lamont. Ed is in the bottom row, second from the left.

Full Statement

2020 Canadian National Jury selections

RCA would like to congratulate and recognize each of the individuals selected by RCA to the juries for the 2020 National Regattas. Due to COVID-19, these appointments may change if the regattas are cancelled or postponed.

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Cancellation of 2020 NextGen events

This past month, FISA announced their decision to cancel the remaining 2020 World Rowing events. Based on this decision, RCA is cancelling all 2020 NextGen selection events. Additionally, the 2020 CanAmMex event has been postponed to 2021.

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COVID-19 Resources

Coming soon: Return to Play planning and assessment tool! Please visit our website for all updates and resources

Victoria, BC (April 30, 2020) — Team BC staff are sharing uplifting messages with athletes, coaches, managers and volunteers to keep them inspired and active following the announcement in March that the Halifax 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) are postponed.

The Be the Spark campaign kicked off on April 30 with a video of Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC) and Team BC staff offering messages to ignite positivity and to keep athletes motivated to stay connected during these challenging times.

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The Games, that were to bring together over 5,000 Indigenous youth from across North America to experience a major international sport competition and to share and celebrate their cultural heritages, were to be held in July but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

“Team BC athletes and Development Squad athletes are encouraged to stay in touch with one another virtually through online workouts, video chat meetings, social media and teamwork challenges like the Team BC 19U female basketball Development Squad’s recent video of virtual catch,” said Team BC Chef de Mission Lara Mussell Savage. “We remind everyone to keep moving, keep soaring and Be the Spark.”

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I·SPARC, the body that oversees the Team BC performance sport program, has introduced a number of initiatives for athletes and the general public to join them in staying active at home. Starting this Friday, FitNation (also run by I·SPARC) program leaders from across the province will share the Home Workout Series. This is a series of videos that will be posted to the I·SPARC social media channels (including YouTube) every week.

(Link to FitNation Home Workout Series promo here:

There is four workouts so far that will be launched in the coming weeks – introductory, intermediate, advanced, and chair modifications. All you need is a little space, a sip of water and yourself. You can get your workout in at any time. That’s what FitNation is all about; anyone, anytime, anywhere.

For more information contact:

Felicia Greekas

Manager, Premier’s Awards and Communications