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In partnership with Winterlude, Motivate Canada Youth Ambassadors and staff will motivate and move the Nation’s Capital over two days with PLAY Active at Winterlude 2015.

The PLAY Active event, planned for February 14-15, 2015 and open to all visitors ages 5 and up, will offer a variety of physical activity challenges and games that will provide opportunities for individuals to test their agility, balance, coordination and speed in a fun and creative environment. Participants will also have the chance to win prizes, and meet and have their picture taken with some of Motivate Canada’s ESTEEM Team Athlete Role Models who are some of Canada’s most talented Olympic, Paralympic, Professional and National team athletes.

As a proud Winterlude Partner, Motivate Canada plans to bring light to the role that sport plays in Canada while emphasizing the joy and benefits of participating in sport and physical activity at any age and in any environment. As a charitable organization that specializes in Youth Driven Development (YDD), it is equally important for the PLAY Active event to highlight the invaluable role that youth play in leading and delivering sports and physical activity programming in Canada as well as their unique ability to motivate others to live healthy active lifestyles.

“We are very excited for this opportunity to work with one of Canada’s favourite festivals, particularly one that encourages enjoying the outdoors” says Don Adams, CEO of Motivate Canada, “Local youth from our programs have a great opportunity to showcase their leadership and sport and physical activity projects focusing on increasing physical literacy, activity levels, confidence, and overall health and wellness of other youth.”

Motivate Canada looks forward to meeting many families from the Ottawa area and across Canada.

We hope you will join us in playing active and keeping warm at Winterlude 2015. Stay tuned for more details.

About Motivate Canada:

Motivate Canada’s Youth-Driven Development approach taps into the natural optimism, energy, curiosity, and adventurous spirit that young people have in abundance. Using the power of sport, physical activity and positive peer role models, Motivate Canada’s three core programs— GEN7, ESTEEM Team and ACTIVATE—give young people the tools, training, and confidence to make a difference in their lives and communities on their own terms. For more information please visit:

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We are very excited to announce our 2nd Annual Snowboard Jamboree – Learn to Snowboard Day with Sun Peaks Resort and the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nations Snowboard Team.

Open to Aboriginal communities in the Interior Region
Saturday January 24th: Priority will be for communities north of Kamloops
Sunday January 25th: Will be open for communities south of Kamloops

Each day will have 60 sponsored Youth Lift tickets, Snowboard Rentals and Lessons provided by Sun Peaks Resort.
Sponsorship is for Snowboard Only
• Preference will be given to communities that have not participated last year
• Each community will be awarded 6-10 youth passes & 1-2 complimentary chaperone passes
• Please register with your local band office, friendship center or metis youth worker.

Youth Workers Only:
Please contact Bernard Manuel for Waiver Forms, Size Pre-sets and Rental Forms.
Registration closes by January 15th or earlier if it is full!

Bernard (Buzz) Manuel
Sport and Physical Activity Coordinator – Interior Region
Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

Office Location:
C/O Conayt Friendship Society
PO Box 1989 | 2164 Quilchena Ave | Merritt, BC | V1K 1B8
Phone: 250.378.5107 ext.8506 | Mobile: 250.315.3457
Fax: 250.378.6676 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the poster here is a new provincial sport hub — the place-to-go to learn about amateur sport in BC. It connects athletes, coaches and fans to sport programs, coaching resources and amateur sport live-streams through the concept of cheer, play and lead.

Cheer: learn about upcoming amateur sports events and watch them on-line through ViaSport TV

Play: connect with more than 70 BC sports organizations who deliver sport programs and services to communities near you every day

Lead: Discover the most-up-to-date coaching and officiating resources or gain access to ViaSport’s sport facility database to host your next sports event

At, you will also find information on grants for sport equipment, travel and coaching education, a blog with the latest news in amateur sport and a library of resources built for sport administrators, athletes and coaches.

“At ViaSport, we envision an active, healthy British Columbia where sport inspires a field of possibilities for all,” says ViaSport CEO, Cathy Priestner Allinger. “With this website, we will bring more families to the field of play, more fans to the stands, more athletes to the podium and more sports events to the province.”

About ViaSport British Columbia:

ViaSport British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization established in 2011, responsible for providing strategic leadership to sport in BC. Formed in partnership with the provincial sport sector and the Province of BC, our mandate is to increase awareness, opportunity and participation in sport across the province at every stage of life and in every community. Learn more at

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A new year has begun and it is the perfect time to reflect on the incredible achievements of the past year and recognize those who were outstanding in their field.

Equine Canada's national awards recognition program celebrates the impressive achievements of individuals, equines and organizations who have contributed to the growth and success of our community.

Take the opportunity to recognize those you feel have made a significant impact in the Canadian equestrian community by nominating them for a national award.

Full award criteria and nomination forms can be found at Nomination deadline is February 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Recipients of these prestigious awards will be announced and honoured at the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Gatineau-Ottawa on Friday, March 27, 2015 as part of the Equine Canada Annual Convention.

Nominations can be submitted electronically to Carmen Marson-Awad, Manager of Marketing and Communications at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by mail to Equine Canada, 100-308 Legget Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2K 1Y6, or by fax to 613-248-3484.

The following is a summary of the national awards open to nominations from the membership:

Canadian Bred Horse of the Year Award
Presented to the breeder or owner of Canadian bred horse who, by virtue of an outstanding national or international performance or competition record, has enhanced the reputation and visibility of Canadian bred horses.

Canadian Breeder of the Year Award
Recognizes a Canadian breeder for a lifetime contribution to a horse breed, who by his or her efforts has improved the quality of Canadian bred horses and/or enhanced the reputation of Canadian bred horses.

Equine Canada Media Award-The Susan Jane Anstey Trophy
Presented to an exceptional individual or organization who has delivered outstanding media coverage that has served to enhance the image of Canadian equine interests to the Canadian public.

Volunteer of the Year Award
Recognizes and acknowledges the hard work and dedication of an individual who generously give their time in order to support the goals and vision of Equine Canada.

Equestrian of the Year Award-The Doctor George Jacobsen Trophy-
Presented to the equestrian athlete who has excelled in equestrian competition for the current year while demonstrating exceptional talent, horsemanship, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport, vision and mission of EC.

Junior Equestrian of the Year Award-The Gillian Wilson Trophy-
Presented to a junior equestrian athlete who has excelled in equestrian competition for the current year while demonstrating exceptional talent, horsemanship, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport, vision and mission of EC.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizes an individual whose contributions to the Canadian equestrian community are considered exceptional by their peers and whose long-term service and dedication have contributed directly to the ongoing growth and development of Canadian equine sport and industry.

For a list of past recipients please consult

This is a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge Canadian equestrian accomplishments of 2014 and thank those who make it all happen. Be sure to make your nominations today!

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If you have any questions about the awards or nominations process please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-287-1515 ext. 136.

Beyond the 50-plus presentations taking place at the 2015 Canadian Sport for Life National Summit, this year’s event also features 12 content-specific Pre-Summit Workshops and Mini-Summits on a range of topics, being held January 27. The Summit itself takes place January 28 through 29 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel in Gatineau-Ottawa.

Have you ever wondered how sport can be used to achieve non-sport objectives? Are you keen to find out how you can progress and/or monitor CS4L principles within your own organization or community? Does athlete development, and the many elements that constitute the Long-Term Athlete Development framework, interest you? And what’s all this talk about physical literacy – why is it so important and how can you help advance it?

These questions are just a few of the many themes offered in the January 27 sessions. Beyond physical literacy, athlete development, and CS4L-LTAD advancement, the January 27 sessions will cover topics ranging from women and leadership to disputes in sport organizations. And not only will the workshops be engaging and informative, but they will be hosted by members of the CS4L Leadership Team and Management Group – leading experts in their respective fields!

Registration for the Summit will be available right through the Summit dates. For more information or to sign-up for pre-Summit workshops, visit To register for the Summit itself, visit


Canadian Sport for Life and Long-Term Athlete Development

Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. CS4L links sport, education, recreation, and health and aligns community, provincial, and national programming. Long-Term Athlete Development is a seven-stage training, competition and recovery pathway guiding an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. CS4L, with LTAD, represents a paradigm shift in the way Canadians lead and deliver sport and physical activity in Canada.

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Event Date: Nov. 12, 2015 to Nov. 14, 2015
RBC Convention Centre and the Delta Winnipeg

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is pleased to announce that the city of Winnipeg has been selected to host the 2015 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference which will take place from November 12-14, 2015 at the RBC Convention Centre and the Delta Winnipeg. The event was last held in Winnipeg in 2004.

“We are delighted to work with our partners at Sport Manitoba to bring the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference back to the great city of Winnipeg,” said Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the Coaching Association of Canada. “Winnipeg has an active sport community and as a host city for the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer, and the Grey Cup in November, it is the perfect place to cap off the Year of Sport in 2015.”

“We’re thrilled Winnipeg is getting the opportunity to host more than 400 delegates for the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference in 2015. This is a chance to showcase Winnipeg to national sport coaches and decision makers, and to demonstrate why they should bring their next national sporting championship or event here,” said Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, senior vice president of Tourism Winnipeg. “It also gives local coaches an advantage as they’ll be able to attend sessions and implement what they’ve learned prior to Winnipeg hosting the 2017 Canada Games.”

The Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala is a conference highlight which recognizes Canada’s most dedicated, inspiring, and successful coaches. Annually, award recipients are honoured for exemplifying the values and competencies of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and for their influence in positively shaping the Canadian sport community.

“Following the success of the 2014 conference in Ottawa, Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, is honoured to once again be playing a major role in offering Canada’s coaches, sport administrators, and leaders an opportunity to come together to learn, celebrate, and network at the 2015 conference in Winnipeg,” said Deborah Gullaher, vice-president of Marketing, Suncor. “With the focus of the event on coaching excellence, this conference has become the focal point for many of Canada’s national sport leaders.”

For more information on the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference, visit:

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The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and the Canadian Sport Institute Network (CSIN) today announced a substantial partnership and high performance sport funding agreement. 

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