March Madness "Brackets for Beach" fundraiser bracket entries due at 8:00 am PST.
U21 Worlds Trials take place in Toronto March 21-22, 2017
March Madness Final Game Party at Bimini's in Kits, doors open 5:30 pm. Contest and Prizes!
COACH - Train - Cheer event series: Coaching Symposium @ The Richmond Oval. Limited seats, register now!
19 -21 JUN
Coach - TRAIN - Cheer event series: Youth Camps @ The Richmond Oval or Kits Beach. Learn from & train with Olympians! Limited spots, register now!
Coach - Train - CHEER event series: "East vs West" match between Canada's top 2 Men's Beach teams. Who will take home bragging rights and trophy?? More info here ...
Coach - TRAIN - Cheer event series: Adult Camps @ Kits Beach. Learn from and train with Olympian Sam Schachter of On2 Volleyball and his partner Sam Pedlow. Limited spots, register now!
U21 World Championships in Nanjing, China run July 11-16
Dec 1 - "Gala" with the Pros Dec 2 - 2nd Annual Co-ed Play with the Pros Tournament and Silent Auction
NEWS & EVENTS
Youth Workout with an Olympian and his Personal Trainer!
Posted February 15, 2017
On February 18th, 2017, West Coast Beach Volleyball Society (“WeCoBeVo”) is once again partnering with Anthony Agtarap of Engineered Bodies to provide a Youth Beach Volleyball training session. This session gives youth players the opportunity to train with 2016 Rio Beach Volleyball Olympian Ben Saxton and his trainer. The youth will not only get to be led by Ben and Anthony in actual training mechanisms, but they will get a real-life view into the world of what an Elite International Beach Volleyball Player does to prepare for and recover from competition.
This is our second such session, with the first having taken place on December 10th, 2016. Our plan is to continue offering opportunities like this to our youth beach athletes. We do have to limit the number of attending youth at this time, so if you are interested in learning more and getting your athlete involved, please contact Jodi McIntosh (WeCoBeVo Executive Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks and much gratitude to RYU Apparel on 4th Street in Kits for providing us the space to host these sessions!
U21 World Trials Inaugural Funding Class Announced!
Posted January 23, 2017
West Coast Beach Volleyball Society (“WeCoBeVo”) is pleased to announce that we will be supporting 6 rising beach volleyball athletes from across Western Canada, in our quest to reduce financial, training and geographical hurdles that lie in the path for athletes with desire to represent Canada internationally.
West Coast Beach Volleyball Society designated a total of $5,000 in funding support for training and travel expenses for selected athletes. The 6 beach volleyball athletes that are being funded will be competing in Toronto on March 21-22 at the Canadian Under 21 Trials, which result in the top 2 men’s and top 2 women’s teams representing Canada at the Under 21 World Championships being held June 13-18 in Nanjing, China. Athletes were required to complete an application and provide reference letters, from which our WeCoBeVo Selection Committee reviewed and made selections.
Our inaugural class of funded athletes include 2 from Manitoba and 4 from British Columbia: Josie Abbott (Winnipeg, MB), Kearley Abbott (Winnipeg, MB), Logan Mend (Naramata, BC) and 3 other BC athletes who are currently playing collegiate sports in the United States.
“We are happy to help these athletes overcome unique challenges that exist for Western Canadian beach volleyball athletes in their pursuit to represent Canada internationally, and to be a part of their journey while they train, compete, and give their best every day in pursuit of excellence,” Jodi McIntosh, Executive Director of WeCoBeVo. “West Coast Beach Volleyball Society successfully held its first fundraising event on November 19, 2016, when we hosted Western Canada’s first ever "Co-ed Play with the Pros" tournament and silent auction at 6Pack Indoor Beach in Vancouver, BC. Dozens of businesses provided tremendous support to our launch event, and over 150 players, fans and volunteers made the event a huge hit, including 2016 Rio Olympians Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk and 12 local male and female pro beach volleyball players. Along with the 2nd Annual ‘Co-Ed Play with the Pros’ slated for this coming November, WeCoBeVo will be hosting a variety of other fundraising events in 2017.”
West Coast Beach Volleyball Society – www.wecobevo.com
West Coast Beach Volleyball Society (“WeCoBeVo”), is a fundraising organization that believes Western Canadian beach volleyball athletes should be provided opportunity to represent Canada as equally as their Central and Eastern Canadian counterparts. We also want to see them thrive in an environment where we help bring together communities, businesses and fans to collectively support the athletes’ efforts to represent Canada, which in turns gives the country a lot to be proud of as well as helps fuel many dreams that kids have about where their future may one day take them. At present 18 of the 24 athletes on the Canadian National Beach Volleyball Team are from Ontario, with the remaining 6 comprised of two each from BC, AB and MB, which does not represent the balance of talent or desire from Western Canadian beach volleyball athletes.
Additionally, on a more personal level, our board members were all brought together through a similar thread via beach volleyball and sport in general. We individually know the importance of sport in our lives, and want to see as many kids as possible participate in sport because it provides such an integral environment for kids to learn, thrive and evolve. Through donating an amount equal to 10% of our athlete funding to KidSport Vancouver, we enable them to remove financial barriers for kids to participate in sport, with hopes that no kid is left on the sidelines.
WeCoBeVo is comprised wholly of volunteers who share a passion for the sport and community of beach volleyball. Beach Volleyball is alive and well in "We the North" country but there is plenty of opportunity to grow our sport and even more need to help our athletes represent Canada!
Did you know …
Canada was one of only 4 countries that sent the maximum 4 beach volleyball teams to Rio this past August, in good company with Brazil, the US and the Netherlands. Over 32 million Canadian viewers enjoyed the 2016 Rio Olympics, and watched our athletes bring home more medals than ever before at the Summer Olympics. Beach Volleyball is by far one of the most popular sports at the summer games with matches played the first day and medal matches on the last day.
BUT ... most Canadians are not aware of the financial stress placed upon athletes, and in beach volleyball particularly, it costs $50K-$100K a year for a team of 2 to compete on the FIVB World Tour, of which only a fraction is covered by Sport Canada, tournament winnings and any sponsorship deals the athletes are able to broker on the side. Sponsorship is extremely limited for our Canadian athletes and most are supported by family and friends, and full or part-time jobs on top of their full-time training and travel schedules.
AND, of the 24 beach athletes on the Canadian National team today, only 2 are from BC, 2 from AB and 2 from MB … the remaining 18 are from ON. It is quite evident that proximity to the National training centre in Toronto is a huge factor. However, there is no lack of talent and desire in Western Canada for athletes that can and should be able to represent Canada.
As for why we are donating 10% of our athlete funding amount to KidSport Vancouver:
Vancouver's child poverty is 20%, and because we call this place home, we want to do our part to help.
Playing sports is very integral to the development of children as it gives them a place to explore and blow off some steam and energy, but also make new friends, gain confidence and learn critical life skills around teamwork, communication and negotiation.
KidSport Vancouver's mission is to remove financial barriers for kids to participate in sport, so that fewer and fewer kids are let on the sidelines. They have a great system set up to receive applications, review and determine recipients, as well as distribute funding accordingly. We could not think of a better way than to ask them to put their expertise to work and help kids in need get out and play beach volleyball!
West Coast Beach Volleyball Society – www.wecobevo.com
About KidSport Vancouver
At KidSport, we believe that no kid should be left on the sidelines, and all kids should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organize sports. Through a confidential application process, we provide grants so they can play a season of sport.
Nationally, KidSport is comprised of a network of 11 provincial/territorial KidSport chapters and 178 community KidSport chapters.
Since its creation in 1993, over 530,000 kids across the country have been given the chance to play sport through KidSport grants and sport introduction programming. Last year, more than 500 local children received KidSport Vancouver support to help them play.
West Coast Beach Volleyball Society Contacts:
Jodi McIntosh | Executive Director
Lisa Tam | Head of WeCoBeVo Selection Committee and Board Liaison