BC Wheelchair Sports Return to Sport Update - March 18, 2021

To our community and membership,

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

BC Wheelchair Sports remains at Level 2 of our Return to Sport Plan with additional restrictions for adult sport. However, this week there was a change to the PHO Order on Events and Gatherings that affects adult outdoor sport. Effective immediately, group sport activities like training and drills are permitted for adults 22 and older, provided they meet the following conditions:

1) If the group sport is indoors, only two persons participate (no change);
2) If the group sport is outdoors, only ten persons participate (increased from four people);
3) The participants maintain a distance of three metres from one another while engaged in the group sport, unless the participants reside in the same private residence (no change);
4) There are no spectators, unless the presence of a spectator is necessary in order to provide care to a participant (no change).

Please note, for all ages, sport participants – whether indoor or outdoor – must maintain a distance of 3 metres from one another unless everyone lives in the same private residence.

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 monitor releases from viaSport and the province on the health orders and their impact on sport. BCWSA will continue to provide updates as they become available.  Updates will be published on our website, across our social media channels and in our newsletter. 

Please note, that BC Public Health Orders supersede any BC Wheelchair Sports Return to Sport policies.

We are hopeful with this new update than further allowances for sport will be coming and then we may return to more activities as we move into spring. We thank you all for your continued patience.

What This Means For Your Sport

 

Athletics

  • Wheelchair Racing and Seated Throws remain Level 2 of our Return to Sport Plan.
  • Programs continue at the Richmond Olympic Oval however attendance at the Adult Program will be limited to stay within the health guidelines
  • Outdoor adult athletics programming that is approved by BCWSA is limited to 10 participants at this time
  • Athletes may only attend programs at their home club
  • No spectators are permitted at this time
     

Tennis

  • Wheelchair Tennis remains in Level 2 of our Return to Sport Plan
  • Athletes may only attend programs at their home club.
  • Indoor adult training is limited to private lessons.
  • Outdoor youth and adult training is limited to four players per court and one coach.
  • No spectators are permitted at this time
     

Rugby

  • Group training for non-CSI targeted athletes is not permitted at this time
  • All athletes are encouraged to continue with individual training and exercise
  • Per Section H of the current health order “High-Performance Athletes” CSI Targeted athletes in all sports may continue/resume training in a limited capacity which has been communicated to the athletes and/or coaches directly.

 

Links and Resources

BCWSA Return to Sport and COVID-19

Information on Province-Wide Restrictions

Contacts

Nathan Bragg – Media Inquiries
Communications Coordinator
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Ana Karanovic – Athletics
Program Coordinator
(E) [email protected]

Michelle McDonell – Tennis
Program Manager
(E) [email protected]

Jacqueline Patatas - Rugby
Program Manager
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