SPC British Columbia

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

Greetings from your SPC BC Team!

First, we would like to introduce you to the current members of the SPC BC executive, and give 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!

Thank you to all who came out for the social last week!
We presented the student sport physiotherapy award at the social, which recognized student’s experience and interest in working in Sport Physiotherapy.
Congratulations to Lisa Ruggles as this year’s award recipient! 
Thanks to the five applicants for the 2018 Student Award – Tom Michie, Tina Lin, Samantha Smith, Lisa Ruggles, and Ryan Maron. It was a very strong field with all applicants receiving at least one nod for the award. A wide range of sports were covered from cross country running and figure skating to rugby and wheelchair tennis. Best of luck to all embarking on the path of a sports physiotherapist!
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

June 1-3, 2018 – Kelowna, BC

Link to Register

Sport-specific scenarios will be used by the SPC-trained educator to help you best prepare yourself for cases of emergency during event coverage, or for preparation for your SPC exam emergency and acute care stations.

Full course: Member $525, Non-Member $580, Student-Member: $510

Recertification: Member $405, Non-Member $450, Student-Member $385*

*Add $100 to re-certification fee if new manual required.

Location: Trailside Physiotherapy, Coquitlam.

Register Today!

Registration for each course 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 .



POCO Grand Prix:

The 3rd annual PoCo Grand Prix is happening on Friday July 13, 2018. (See http://www.pocograndprix.ca for details)
WHO: We are looking for medical volunteers (physiotherapists, massage therapists, kinesiologists, first aiders,  Doctors) . If you have minimum Standard First Aid and would like to be a part of this first class professional bike race,  this is the place for you!
Races start at 2:15 pm on Friday July 13 and continue all day until finish at 10pm including kids races, a youth race, corporate team races, women’s and men’s pro races. All of the races will be a criterium format, which consists of several laps around a closed circuit.  Our course is 1.3 km long through the heart of
downtown Poco. We are hoping that people can do 4 hour shifts, but we are happy with whatever time you could spare between 2-10:30 pm. Considered to be one of the premier races in BC Superweek, the Poco Grand Prix promises to be even more  exciting this year with the pro men racing after dark, under the lights. Alongside our medical team will be a paramedic bike crew (2) , a stationed ambulance with 2 paramedics, and a fire crew (4 or 6 firefighters plus firetruck ). Volunteers will be receiving food and drinks at the Volunteer Headquarters.
If you are interested, or want more information, please contact
Connie Keen cell 604-839-9571 ckeen@portcoquitlamphysio.com
Cathy Crawley  cell 604-816-5690 ccrawley@portcoquitlamphysio.com 

Come join us at Kitsfest!

Come to the beach with Sport Physio BC this summer!  Work alongside a team of sports physios at Vancouver’s fastest growing Sports & Healthy Living Beach Festival, August 10th-12th, 2018.  Kitsfest is now in it’s 10th year and has grown into a large multi-sport event, including basketball, beach volleyball, football, tennis, touch football, water polo, yoga, bath-tub races and more.  For more information on the festival, go to kitsfest.com
This is an excellent opportunity to gain hours of on-field experience.  If you have never worked at a major sports event, here’s a great opportunity to see what it’s like.  And if you have covered major games in the past, come share your skills and expertise at a community event that is so perfectly Vancouver.  Let’s show the lower mainland what sport physio is about!
If interested, please email wil@insyncphysio.com with your name, qualifications and availability.
We will be holding an information night/social to discuss the details in July.


The BC Congress of Sports Medicine on November 17 2018. It will be in Vancouver!. More details to come! 


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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