SPC British Columbia

Contact Informaiton: BC SPC Section: britishcolumbia@sportphysio.ca

Greetings from your SPC BC Team!

Below you will find an introduction to the current members of the SPC BC executive, and a call-out for a marketing and communications executive committee member. As your executive, we are well on our way with some very exciting projects, socials, and opportunities which are detailed below. And finally, check out the information about our upcoming courses!

Just In!!


Registration for the 2nd Annual BC Congress of Sports Medicine is now OPEN

Preferential registration for Sports Physiotherapy BC members ends SEPT 1st

WHEN: Saturday, November 17th
WHERE: the Vancouver Convention Centre.We have an exciting program for this year’s meeting with our unique Physician/Physiotherapist co-presentations followed by an audience Q&A session.
The BCCSM is also very excited to be partnered with the Vancouver Showcase NCAA Division One Basketball Tournament being played @ the Vancouver Convention Centre from November 18-25. Limited Vancouver Showcase tickets for the Sunday, November 18th men’s afternoon double header will be available for $20 each exclusively for all BCSSEM and Sport Physiotherapy Canada BC Members until Saturday, September 1st. After that, tickets will be available to all BCCSM registrants on a first come first serve basis.

Conference website @ https://www.bccsm2018.org/
Vancouver Showcase info @ http://vanshowcase.com/
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2018-bccsm-conference-clinical-updates-in-court-sports-tickets-46991561024?aff=ebdssbdestsearch




Meet your SPC BC Executive Members

Chair – Paige Larson
BScPT, BPE, Dip Sports Physiotherapy, Cert Acupuncture
Paige completed a BPE at UBC, a BScPT at U of T and then went on to complete the intermediate manual and manipulative therapy exams, Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy and certificate in acupuncture. Paige worked her way up through the ranks, starting as a student trainer at UBC with any sport that needed help, up to numerous multi-sport games including working for Team Canada at four Paralympic Games and VANOC for our own 2010 Olympics. Paige has covered many teams locally, provincially, nationally and around the globe, including national teams such as women’s wheelchair basketball, wheelchair curling, and figure skating.

She owns North Shore Sports Medicine and has a passion for physiotherapy and sports – both professionally and personally.

Paige’s goal with SPC BC is to move us forward to being an active, vibrant part of the sporting community in BC. Our membership is strong and she would like to capitalize on that to increase involvement, awareness and make the BC Section the most productive it can be

Secretary/Treasurer – Tricia  McBride
MClSc(man ther), BScPT, BKin, Dip Sports Physiotherapy, CG IMS, FCAMPT
Originally from New Brunswick, Tricia completed a BKin from Acadia University before continuing on to a BScPT at Dalhousie University.  She has since completed a fellowship in Sport Physiotherapy through the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, received the FCAMPT designation via the Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy at Western University, and completed her Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy.

Since completing her physiotherapy degree, Tricia worked in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Wales, Australia, and Ontario before moving to Vancouver in 2015.  Since commencing membership within SPC she has had the opportunity to work with Hockey Canada Women’s program, Rowing Canada Aviron, Rugby Canada Women’s program, the Canadian Soccer Association Women’s program, as well as with many teams and events from local to international levels.

Tricia’s goal within SPC BC is to continue to advance the physiotherapy profession by assisting more physiotherapists to get involved in sports and SPC, support and mentor others to improve their ability to assist athletes both on the field and in clinic, and help others prepare and successfully complete their SPC credentialing.

Education Coordinator: Lower Mainland – Erik Torchia
PT – BMR(PT), Dip Sports Physiotherapy, Cert Acupuncture

Erik is a sport physiotherapist at Fortius Sport and Health, and a current student in the process of completing his Clinical Master’s degree from Western University. He was previously on the executive and education chair of SPC Manitoba section, and is excited to join the SPC BC team. Erik has been fortunate to work in many sport environments including with Team Canada Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup Circuit, the Vancouver Stealth NLL (lacrosse) team, Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Program, the Pan-American Games, various Skate Canada events, as well as many others!

His goals include facilitating access to high-quality educational experiences for SPC BC members as well as enabling candidates for successful completion of the SPC credentialing program.

Membership – Ben Motum
BSc (Hons) PT, MSc Sports Physiotherapy


Ben currently is the lead physiotherapist for the Rugby Canada U19 program and was the chief therapist for the 2016 Americas Master Games. He works between 2 multidisciplinary private practices in the lower mainland. He has gained his post-graduate MSc in Sports Physiotherapy, during which he was able to research hip and groin injuries with the Vancouver Whitecaps. He has experience in private and public sectors in both Canada and the UK.

By being on the executive board Ben hopes to build on the work by the previous board members. He is excited to increase awareness locally and nationally on what sports physiotherapy can offer both in and out of the clinic. He sees the value in establishing a solid relationship and mentorship with the student body at UBC and is able to bring a unique balance in working with the ‘young’ and ‘not so young’ sport physiotherapists in our community.


Student Representative 1 – Brandon Watson
BKin, MPT Candidate
Brandon is a first year student in the UBC MPT program and is the current MPT1 Student Representative. He completed his BScKIn at SFU over the past four years while also competing with the SFU Men’s Soccer Team. He has participated in sports throughout his life and his passion for sports physiotherapy began after personally experiencing its benefits when recovering from hip labral surgery to return to collegiate soccer. He’s looking forward to connecting students with SPBC and augmenting the student experience during the UBC MPT program with learning opportunities in Sports Physiotherapy.”

Student Representative 2 – Samantha Smith
BKin, MPT Candidate
Samantha’s passions are sport and healthcare, thus she is excited to be the SPC BC MPT1 Rep. As well as being a physiotherapy student, she is also a competitive athlete on the national gymnastics and trampoline team. Samantha is looking forward to acting as a liaison between SPC BC, Pacific Sport, other BC sports organisations and the physiotherapy students. She hopes to work with SPC as a physiotherapist in the future and help the next generation of athletes optimize their athletic potential.
Marketing and Communications – YOU??

We are looking for a dynamic member to take on marketing and communication for SPC BC. Are you passionate about SPC BC and want to get involved moving us through 2017 and beyond? We need your help to make SPC BC the best it can be!

Upcoming Courses

We will be running a student SFR Oct 12/13/14 at UBC, and an SFR Full and Recert course on December 7/8/9. Stay tuned for more information!
*** We are currently looking for clinics in the lower mainland willing to host the the December SFR. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Erik at Erik.Torchia@fortiussport.com 

Register Today!

Registration for SPC Sport First responder courses is available electronically on the SPC National website. Click here to register!

Look out for confirmation of Fall 2018 Sport First Responder (SFR) bookings in the Vancouver area! We are also looking to operate an SFR in the interior. We are currently investigating other speakers and courses that would be of interest to our members. If you have suggestions, feel free to reach me by email: erik.torchia@fortiussport.com .




What: Looking for Sports Physio’s to cover hockey games
Where: games in Vancouver, Burnaby, Abbotsford, Delta, West Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Penticton
Description: PTs will be paid per game
Contact: For more information and a complete schedule, please email tristansandhu@hotmail.com 604-355-5425

Opportunities to work with skating:

What: Junior Grand Prix event
This is a smaller event with international skaters coming to compete as part of the Junior Grand Prix Circuit, leading to points to qualify them for the Grand Prix Final we are hosting at UBC in December.
Where: Minoru Arena in Richmond
When: September 12 to 15. (We will likely need volunteers September 11-15)
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Paige at paige@nssm.ca with your availability on each day. 
What: The 2018 Grand Prix Final event
Where: UBC Thunderbird Arena
When: December 6 to 9. We will need people December 4 to 9 due to setup and practices. Please let Paige know if you would like to volunteer (paige@nssm.ca)! You will need to do the Skate Canada volunteer application as well, but if you could let Paige know your availability each day, it would help a lot!
The online volunteer application and all volunteer information regarding the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® 2018 is available here on the Skate Canada event registration site or by following this link: https://registration.skatecanada.ca/pages/volunteers/volunteer-opportunities/.

The medical volunteer application form can be accessed through clicking the “Medical Volunteer” button below the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® 2018 image on that screen.

  1. Prior to filling out the form, you will need to create an “account” the first time you log into the system. Please take note of your email address and password to register for subsequent events with Skate Canada.
  2. Due to the new event registration system that has been implemented for the online volunteer applications, although you may have volunteered with us previously and/or are a current Skate Canada member, we will need all required information to be re-entered in the system for accreditation purposes.
  3. Once you have logged in with your account, you will need to click on Volunteer Opportunities and then select the “Medical Volunteer” button below the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final®2018 image.
  4. Please ensure to complete all mandatory fields identified by * on both your account information and the medical volunteer application form (this includes an accreditation photo). Once you have completed the online application form, a “Registration Invoice” receipt screen will appear. You will also receive a copy of this form by email. Please do not send/or reply to this email as it is an autogenerated email.
  5. Following the volunteer application form being submitted, you will receive a separate email invitation from BackCheck to login in and complete your volunteer criminal records check online. All applicable fees will be covered by Skate Canada. If you covered Canadians, you already did this and will not have to do it again.

Have issues or questions regarding registering as a volunteer? Please click the “How to Register” link for assistance.


2018 BC College of Sports Medicine Conference

Thank you to all who came out for the first BCCSM Conference!
The 2nd annual BC Congress of Sports Medicine Conference will be on Saturday, November 17th.  Mark your calendars, and join us at the Vancouver Convention Center!
Stay tuned for the EventBrite link later this month.  

Exciting news: the 2018 BCCSM conference will be held in conjunction with a major sporting event! The Vancouver Showcase NCAA Basketball Tournament will host 8 x Ladies and 8 x Men’s NCAA Division One basketball teams in two unique 3 day tournaments.
A limited number of courtside seats will be available to BCCSM conference registrants at a very reasonable price for the two Sunday November 18thafternoon men’s games. Vancouver Showcase info: http://bdglobalsports.com/?p=3315



New Member Benefits: 

SPC-BC has partnered with Kinemedics to bring you member discounts! We are working on adding more throughout the year, so stay tuned.

Member Benefits
Thus far we can offer:

  1. Preferred Pricing Accounts for all members which will give members discounted pricing on all supplies and Equipment. Discount varies between 15-30% off of regular wholesale pricing.
  2. New Customers – 25% discount on initial supply order for members who are new customers to KineMedics. Initial order will also have free shipping.
  3. Access to the specially prepared SPC Field Kit at a discounted rate. Fully stocked field Sling bag. Reg Price $199.95- SPC BCPrice – $149.95
  4. iscounted pricing on Red Coral and Myotech needle orders.  15% off all needle orders regardless of qty.


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