APPLY NOW: Fall 2013 grant intake is now open

August 20, 2013

August 19, 2013 – ViaSport’s Fall 2013 grant intake period opens today with several funding opportunities now available for sport in BC. For more information on each including grant guidelines, application forms and dates for future intake periods, see the links provided below.


Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund (AYSLF) – High Performance
The Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund (ASLYF) supports programs which encourage BC’s Aboriginal youth to participate in physical activity and sport. Apply now!

Current intake period (high performance) for applications: August 19 – September 22, 2013

Hosting BC Grant Program 
The Hosting BC grant program provides funding to sport event organizers to facilitate sport, economic, social and community development. Since 2004, over $4 million has been invested in 470 sport events in communities across BC developing a legacy of sport hosting expertise. Apply now!

Current intake period for applications: August 19 – October 6, 2013

Local Sport Program Development Fund (LSPD)
The Local Sport Program Development (LSPD) Fund allows community sport to be more accessible to people of all abilities by providing funding support to sport programs initiated by municipalities, sport organizations and Aboriginal communities. Apply now!

Current intake period for applications: August 19 – September 22, 2013

Girls Only and Forever Active Bodies (FAB) 55+
Founded by ProMOTION Plus, the Girls Only and Forever Active Bodies (FAB) 55+ grants are part of an overarching grant fund geared towards the development of sport opportunities that inspire girls and women to get active in BC. A program with two available categories, Girls Only focuses on supporting girls and women of all ages, while FAB 55+ is limited to women aged 55 and above. Apply now!

Current intake period for applications:  August 19 – September 22, 2013

Have questions? Inquiries may be forwarded to the ViaSport Grant Team at

PacificSport Fraser Valley honours Tom Nielsen and Mike Mason

June 14, 2013

Eight Fraser Valley individuals were honoured last week with a PacificSport Fraser Valley Recognition Award at the 2013 ceremony. 

Nominated by their peers for his or her contribution to community, sport and/or athlete development, this year’s recipients are an accomplished group including Athletics coach Tom Nielsen and athlete Mike Mason.

Tom Nielsen receives Coach of the Year Award

Tom Nielsen is a throws coach specializing in the javelin. Tom previously coached for UBC, the Vancouver Thunderbirds, and the Coquitlam Cheetahs. He is now a coach for the High School High Performance Group of the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club. Tom has had incredible success with his athletes, including his son, Kyle, a three time All-American, as well as two athletes participating in London 2012, Liz Gleadle and Curtis Moss. Tom has also had several of his younger athletes recognized by Athletics Canada as the ones to watch for 2016. Most recently, Kyle and Tiffany Matteazzi have qualified for the World University Championships, and Brittni Wolczyk has qualified for the World Junior Championships. According to his athletes, Tom is the epitome of a great coach. Not only does he sacrifice long hours in order to help his athletes, he goes the extra mile to tailor programs and training to each individual athlete in order for them to reach their potential. Athletes come from all areas of the Fraser Valley to train with Tom because of his ability to build on the strengths of athletes as individuals. According to one athlete, “I have never had a coach that has sacrificed so much for me. All the accomplishments I have achieved are due to Tom Nielsen!”

Mike Mason receives Athlete Lifetime Achievement Award 

Originally from Nanoose Bay, high jumper Mike Mason relocated to Abbotsford in order to train under “Coach Ziggy” before London 2012. Mason had a stellar junior career, including a world junior championship gold in 2004. At the senior level, Mason has represented Canada at Commonwealth Games and World Championships, as well as both the Beijing and London Olympics. Mason had top 10 finishes at the 2008 World Indoor Championships, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and most recently the 2012 London Olympics. The road to London was not easy for Mason, who had to battle back from an ankle injury just to make the team. He overcame his injury in London, posting a strong 8th place finish. During this time, he completed a degree at UBC and continues to train and compete for Canada.

To read about all the PacificSport Fraser Valley 2013 Recognition Award Winners – click here

BC Athletics would like to congratulate both Tom and Mike  and wish them continued success for the future!


Helen Crofts wins GNAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

June 12, 2013


Courtesy SFU Clan – June 12, 2013

Portland, OR – Simon Fraser University track and field athlete Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) has been voted the 2012-13 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Crofts along with male winner David Downs of Seattle Pacific, will now be a candidate for the 2013 Conference Commissioners Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which will be selected this summer.

Crofts received seven of 10 first-place votes in the balloting by the conference’s athletic directors.

The award comes a week after Crofts was named the GNAC Co-Female Athlete of the Year.

She had an impressive career not only on the track, but also in the classroom at Simon Fraser, compiling a near-perfect 4.14 grade point average.

A biological science major with a concentration in Cells, Molecules and Physiology, Crofts compiled the highest grade point average among Clan athletes in 2012-13, earning the Bill DeVries Award for excellence in academics and athletics.

She accomplished all that academically while also winning two national titles and four All-American awards during the 2013 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor national championships.

Read the full article here:

Helen Crofts named GNAC Female Co-Athlete of the Year

June 6, 2013

Portland, OR – Simon Fraser University track athlete Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Female Co-Athlete of the Year along with Seattle Pacific’s Ali Worthen.

The award is voted on by the conference’s 10 athletic directors, who rank their top three choices for the award. Crofts and Worthen each received 18 ballot points in the voting process.

Crofts won two national titles and earned four All-American awards in the 2013 NCAA indoor and outdoor national championships.

At the indoor meet in March in Birmingham, AL, she won the 800-metre in a meet-record time of 2:05.96 and also led SFU to a third-place finish in the distance medley relay (11:37.62) and an eighth-place finish in the 4×400 relay (3:47.14).

She completed a sweep of the 800-metre titles at the outdoor meet in May at Pueblo, CO, finishing first in a time of 2:08.18.

A week prior to the outdoor national meet, she finished ninth in the USA Track & Field High Performance Distance Classic at Occidental.  Her time of 2:02.10 was not only a GNAC record but also was the third fastest time by a collegiate athlete this spring at all levels.

Read the full article here:

Dan Horan named a Trail Community Sport Hero

May 30, 2013

Trail Sport Heroes Announced

Nine sport volunteers to receive the Community Sport Hero Awards presented by Teck

RICHMOND, BC (May 15, 2013) – ViaSport and Sport BC will honour nine dedicated sport leaders from Trail on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 with the Community Sport Hero Awards presented by Teck.

The public award ceremony, hosted at the Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel in Trail, celebrates the contributions of long-time community sport volunteers.

“The Community Sport Hero Awards are a celebration of volunteers who have contributed eight or more years to sport,” said Twyla Ryan, Chair of Sport BC. “Sport is crucial to the development of strong, healthy communities, and community volunteers, like the nine scheduled to be honoured, are essential to that success.”

The following individuals are the outstanding volunteers who were selected by their peers to receive the 2013 Community Sport Hero Awards in Trail:

  • Brian Pipes, Baseball
  • Brad Elliott, Baseball
  • John D’Arcangelo, Floor Hockey
  • Dale and Wendy Glover, Baseball
  • Sheila Hawton, Special Olympics
  • Sandra Rothwell, Special Olympics
  • Elisabeth Iannone, Skating
  • Dan Horan, Track and Field

Congratulations Dan!

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Maureen de St. Croix named award winner at YMCA’s Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony

May 29, 2013


Photograph by: Jason Payne, VANCOUVER SUN

BC Athletics would like to congratulate Ocean Athletics founder and Head Coach Maureen de St. Croix on her recognition at the YWCA’s 30th Annual Women of Distinction Awards in Vancouver on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Maureen was chosen as the winner in the Health, Wellness and Athletics category.

Maureen was one of nine nominees in the category. Other nominees included Kathy Newman – Retired, BC Wheelchair Sports Association, Wendy Pattenden – CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, Cathy Priestner Allinger – Chair, viaSport and Laura Watson – Sport Development Lead, viaSport.

Congratulations Maureen!

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Helen Crofts named USTFCCCA West Region Female Track Athlete of the Year

May 22, 2013


May 20, 2013 – New Orleans, LA – Simon Fraser University track and field runner Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) has been named the west region female track athlete of the year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The senior is the Division II leader at 800-metre heading into the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championship with a time of 2:04.53 to lead by more than three seconds.

It is also the sixth ranked time in the event in Division II history.

In addition, Crofts is also ranked seventh in the 1500-metre posting a time 4:26.85 and 10th in the 400-metre with a time of 54.46.

She won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship in both events and is also a member of the Clan’s NCAA Division II eighth seeded 4×400-metre relay team.

Crofts and the Clan will travel to Pueblo, CO this week for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championship beginning on Wednesday.