Announcing our Surprise, Coach! Contest Winner!

Oct 12, 2017

Thank you to all the sport teams and clubs that took the time to appreciate your coach for Coaches Week. We were incredibly moved by the 21 videos representing 13 unique B.C. communities that were submitted to our Surprise, Coach! Contest. Seeing the different ways that your coach has positively impacted you is a vivid testament to the passionate work they’re doing to further sport and physical activity.

With the amount of effort put into each and every video, selecting a winner was no easy feat. After a considerable amount of time evaluating our submissions, we’d like to congratulate Kelowna Heat 16B on winning our contest! The viaSport selection panel was impressed by the raw creativity, intent and fun that was shown through your coach appreciation. Please PM us on Facebook or email for next steps in receiving your prize.

Watch all the amazing contest submissions below:


Kelowna Heat 16

Kelowna Heat 16B
Adrenaline Audacity 


Coquitlam Classics

Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club


DZ Premier

Words cannot begin to explain how much we appreciate @tony_da_tigerr as our coach, so we made a video in honor of National Coach Week! Thanks to Tony, we managed to secure gold at the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival two years in a row. Under his direction, nine team members were also chosen to be on Team Canada. Tony built a new team from the ground up, showed us our potential and with that, we were golden. This coming year we have earned a spot to represent Canada at the 11th International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships in Szeged, Hungary. Qualifying for the World Championships was our dream, but thanks to Tony, that dream is now a reality. If chosen, all the prize money will be allocated towards travel expenses for a team of 30. #surpriseBCcoach #ThanksCoach #CoachWeek @viasportbc

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Falcon Gymnastics Competitive Team
Falcon Gymnastics Group 1

Fraser Valley Ringette Association

Fraser Valley Ringette Association- Team Bonding/Group Activities/Walkout out wear,Coach is awesome, Role Model, Dedicated to sport and development of players @viasportbcHi! #surpriseBCcoach

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Kaboom BJJ

KISU Swim Club
KISU Swim Club
Lolo Barbell Club

MWSL Sunday Caesars

PoCo Galaxy Girls U14 Basketball

Precision Boxing Club 

Quesnel Technics Gymnastics Club

This is the competitive team from Quesnel Technics Gymnastics Club, if we win the contest the money will be used to purchase new equipment that our team feels we need. We appreciate our coach because of all the hard work she puts into us and all the faith she has in us to do well. @viasportBC #surpriseBCcoach

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Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club

Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club entry for @viasportbc #SurpriseBCcoach Thanks to our Junior/Masters Coach Tessa for her dedication, patience, and her ability to motivate her athletes!! Tessa has been inspiring the paddlers at the club for more then a decade, both as an athlete and coach. Any money will go a long way in helping @ridgecanoekayak with new life jackets, paddles, and weight lifting equipment!

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Thompson Okanagan FC 2001 Girls

It’s #NationalCoachesWeek ! This is my team’s coach Ashlee Davison, we wanted to thank her for everything that she does for us by surprising her today before practice. We each wrote something we love about her, or a fun memory of her, on a poster that we gave her along with some of her favourite candies! Ash is the most dedicated and inspirational coach out there, and although we don’t win many games, she has NEVER given up on our team. She deserved this so much for everything she has to put up with when around us, thanks for all your hardwork and time spent as our coach Ash❤️ If we win the $750 for our video, it will go towards our team’s fundraising to be able to go to the Mayor’s Cup International Showcase in Las Vegas! #ThanksCoach #CoachesWeek #SurpriseBCcoach @viasportbc P.S. Please don’t ever actually go into anaphylactic shock Av! @ava.bakala

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UBC TSC Women’s Tennis Team 

We are the UBC TSC Women’s Tennis team and we appreciate our coach! Not only is Daniel knowledgable of our sport and it’s tricky tactics, but he is encouraging, positive, hard working and fun. Daniel dedicates so many hours to practice planning, execution, and competition preparation. We are SO LUCKY TO HAVE HIM! If our team were to win the money from @viasportbc it would go towards court fee’s and new equipment, enabling us to train even harder #surprisebccoach #ubc #tsc #tennis

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Vancouver Ice Dance Academy 

@viasportbc Celebrating the 3rd annual National #CoachesWeek. Big shout out to @vancouvericedance and the most genuine and talented coaches Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe for giving me and @t0mskies to be apart of your team this season. Couldn’t have come back after a long time away from the sport if it wasn’t for your daily encouragement and motivation. Let the training… continue! #SurpriseBCcoach #viasport #viasportbc #8rinks #burnaby #vancouverbc #icedance #skatebc #skatecanada #skatebcyk #vancouvericedance

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White Rock Renegades 05 Softball Team 

White Rock Renegades 05 Softball Team appreciates their coaches and hope to receive a viaSport BC grant to assist in representing BC at the 2018 U14 Nationals in Montreal! #SurpriseBCcoach

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