BC Wheelchair Sports Return to Sport Update - November 25

BC Wheelchair Sports Return to Sport Update – November 25, 2020

BC Wheelchair Sports continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation in BC and follow all public health orders.

As per the most recent public health orders released on November 19, there are now increased restrictions on social gatherings, events and travel across the province.

As of this update, both Wheelchair Athletics and Wheelchair Tennis remain in Level 3 of our Return to Sport Plan. We encourage our members to reach out to their sport’s coordinator for more information on the status of their program.

Travel is no longer restricted to an individual’s health authority so athletes from Surrey can now attend programs in Richmond or Vancouver and/or vice versa, but travel between regions is still prohibited. This means that athletes must attend the program in their region. BC Wheelchair Sports has defined our regions as follows: Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Interior, and North.  If you’re unsure about what region you or your program are a part of, please contact your sport’s coordinator.

Spectators continue to be restricted from all BC Wheelchair Sports programs and events. Please note though that volunteers do not count as spectators. This means that family members and/or support who provide assistance vital to an athlete’s participation are still allowed to attend.

BCWSA encourages all of our community to read and follow all public health orders around social interactions, gatherings, group physical activities, and travel.

We’re continuing to seek further clarification from viaSport and the province on the provincial orders.  We will continue to provide updates on our Return to Sport Plan on our website, across our social media channels and in our newsletter.  We appreciate all of the support and patience we’ve received from the community as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on sport.

What these changes mean for your sport

Athletics

  • Wheelchair Racing and Seated Throws remain in Level 3 of our Return to Sport Plan
  • The Wheelchair Athletics programs for juniors and adults at the Richmond Olympic Oval continue to operate.
  • Athletes may attend their regular program but should not travel outside of their region (Lower Mainland, Interior, Vancouver Island, North) for training and/or competition. Contact Ana if you’re unsure about your program
  • No spectators except for volunteers

Tennis

  • Wheelchair Tennis remains in Level 3 of our Return to Sport Plan
  • Athletes may attend their regular program but should not travel outside of their region (Lower Mainland, Interior, Vancouver Island, North) for training and/or competition. Contact Michelle if you’re unsure about your program
  • No spectators except for volunteers
  • Our Richmond Wheelchair Tennis Program at YY Tennis Club continues to operate.
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Rugby

  • Wheelchair Rugby clubs and programs continue to work on their restart plans
  • The Lower Mainland will remain in Level 2 of the Return to Sport Plan.
  • Amendments to the Level 2 guidelines are in progress to hopefully allow for a resumption of programming should the restrictions continue.
  • All others regions remain in Level 3 and can continue working towards a resumption of training and programming
  • Athletes may attend their regular program but should not travel outside of their region (Lower Mainland, Interior, Vancouver Island, North) for training and/or competition. Contact Michelle if you’re unsure about your program
  • No spectators except volunteers
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Links and Resources

BCWSA Return to Sport and COVID-19

Information on province-wide restrictions

 

Contacts

Nathan Bragg - Media Inquiries
Communications Coordinator
(E) [email protected]

Ana Karanovic - Athletics/Junior Programming
Program Coordinator
(E) [email protected]

Michelle McDonell - Tennis/Rugby
Program Manager
(E) [email protected]