Welcome SPC-MB Members!



Help us plan out our 2017-2018 year.  Your SPC-MB executive is very excited to get started on planning this upcoming year.  Please consider taking a short, 6 question survey to help us plan! We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Concussion Educators/Facilitators/Presenters Needed

Athletes, coaches, medical professionals and parents have increased their awareness of and concern about concussion in sport. Manitoba is part of a national movement to help protect youth participating in sport from the effects of concussion.


The Province of Manitoba, in conjunction with Sport Manitoba, has initiated the process of bringing into law The Concussion in Youth Sport Act, which addresses concussions in youth in amateur, competitive and school-based sport.


This Bill will require provincial sport organizations to adopt a return-to-play protocol for youth athletes who sustain or are suspected of sustaining a concussion. This protocol requires coaches to remove athletes suspected to have sustained a concussion from play until medically cleared to return and – perhaps more importantly – dictates that young athletes and their caregivers receive concussion awareness information and training.


Sport Manitoba has formed the Sport Manitoba Concussion Working Group, which is currently standardizing return-to-sport templates for provincial sport organizations and developing informational resources for both sport organizations and athletes on concussion recognition and management (these resources are based on The 5th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport and Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport.)


The Sports Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba (SMSCM) has taken an active role with this working group and has three key roles to play moving forward:

  1. To share information with the Sport Manitoba membership (PSO’s, coaches, etc.) regarding concussion recognition and management as well as the new Act.
  2. To lead and participate public education on the topic.
  3. To establish and manage a speakers’ bureau to facilitate this information sharing.


That’s where you come in.


We need you – our member groups – and your respective memberships to volunteer as educators, facilitators and presenters to form this speakers’ bureau and ensure information is disseminated.


Sport organizations and the public will be directed to SMSCM to request specific educational sessions for their needs. Presenters will be matched with these requests based on availability, location, background and specific sport interests and expertise.


The Working Group will provide a standardized presentation, so your commitment will simply include familiarizing yourself with the content and sharing the key messages – not developing any course materials or curriculum. The presentation will be accompanied by basic training and a set of common questions and answers to ensure we are all sharing the same key messaging. In the near future, the SMSCM and the Sport Manitoba Concussion Working Group will be holding workshops to recruit and to educate potential presenters.


The presentations are being designed for delivery at a basic educational level, by any sports medicine or science professional regardless of their respective background, in approximately 60 minutes.


Presenters will be required to sign a Code of Conduct ensuring that they will act professionally and deliver the consistent message according to provided guidelines. Presenters will be given an honorarium along with a Sport Manitoba golf shirt to wear at their sessions.


The Concussion in Youth Sport Act will likely be passed within the year and we will need to provide education to all involved as soon as possible. If you are interested in participating in this monumental process, please complete the attached form and return it ASAP to The Sports Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba.


If you have any questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact us at the SMSCM (email: sport.med@sportmanitoba.ca or phone: 204.925.5750)


Thank you in advance,

The Sports Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba

Click here for application: Concussion in Youth Sport Act-SMSCM educators recruitment


SPC-MB Annual General Meeting 2018


Hello SPC-MB Section Members!


The SPC-MB Section AGM took place on Saturday April 7, 2018, in conjunction with the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association AGM (“PhysioForum 2018”) at the Charleswood Community Church.  We would like to thank everyone who came out to join us! 

We were very excited to hand out the SPC-MB Membership Award to the very deserving Mike McMurray! Congratulations Mike — you are a perfect example of what a Sport Physiotherapist should be and it was great to get to honour your years of dedication to our profession!

We encourage members to consider nominees over the next year — there are so many deserving Sport PT’s in Manitoba — and we would love to recognize them at the 2019 AGM.

SPC Convocation Award




The Manitoba Section of Sports Physiotherapy Canada, a division of the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association offers an annual prize, now valued at $325, to a student in the Master of Physical Therapy Program in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba. The prize will be awarded to a student who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports physiotherapy. The donor shall offer the prize in the form of a 1-year membership to the Sport Physiotherapy Division ($75 value) and a $250 certificate towards a course offered by the Manitoba Section of Sports Physiotherapy Canada directly to the prize recipient at the College of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences Award Ceremony associated with convocation. Each year, one prize will be offered to a graduating student who:


  1. Has completed the requirements of the Master of Physical Therapy Degree in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
  2. Is deemed to be the highest ranked student based on a combination of the candidate’s application, sports medicine experience and a letter of recommendation.


The selection committee will base their decision on the following elements:


  1. Application (10%)
  2. Sports Medicine Experience (60%)
  3. Letter of recommendation (30%)


The candidates’ application ranking is based on a fully submitted application that includes an explanation of future ambitions with sport physiotherapy. The sports medicine experience ranking is based on the extent of sport medicine volunteer involvement along with sports medicine continuing education courses that have been taken during the of physical therapy program. Letter of recommendation ranking is based on the strength of the recommendation presented.

The selection committee shall be three members of the executive committee of the Manitoba Section of Sport Physiotherapy Canada.

**APPLICATION DEADLINE is September 15, 2018**


Application Forms:
2018 SPC Convocation Award Application MS Word Version

SPC Convocation Award 2018 Application- PDF Version


SPC Membership Award


We were very excited at 2018’s AGM to recognize the very deserving Mike McMurray – who was nominated by last year’s winner Russ Horbal.

From Left to Right: Russ Horbal, Mike McMurray, Quinn Taylor (Executive Chair SPC-MB)

Russ Horbal congratulating 2018’s SPC-MB Membership Award winner Mike McMurray on his win.

At 2017’s AGM we were very happy to present our Inaugral SPC-MB Membership Award to the very deserving, Russ Horbal!  

From right to left, Chris Loewen (SPC-MB Membership Development Coordinator), Russ Horbal, Steve Moerman (SPC-MB Chair)




A note from Russ Horbal to SPC-MB members:

Dear Sport Physiotherapy Manitoba Members,

Thank you to the Executive and the membership for honouring me with the inaugural SPC Membership Award. I was very moved and humbled by this recognition. Becoming a sports physiotherapist and my community and professional involvement was a labour of love and very fulfilling in itself. So, being recognized with this award is overwhelming. Hopefully my involvement gives you motivation to continue to be involved yourselves and to have a blast doing it like I did.Sincerely,
Russ Horbal
Sport Physiotherapist





1. Men’s and Women’s Ball Hockey Nationals

Men’s and Women’s Ball Hockey Nationals is coming to Winnipeg August 6-11th with teams from all across Canada.There is a need for the host city to provide a therapist to work with these these teams during that week.This includes Men’s teams from Newfoundland, Edmonton and Saskatchewan. The Team Manitoba Women’s may also be looking for a therapist. The schedule is not out yet, but it would likely be one game per day, with the potential of one day being a double header. It would not be a full day commitment each day.

Ball hockey is similar to ice hockey, except the game is played on foot on a non-ice rink using a hard plastic ball instead of a puck. There are still boards and players still wear protective equipment since the game is physical. The skill level at Nationals is very competitive and fun to watch.

This would be volunteer, with the potential of an honorarium if the team chooses to provide it to you. Supplies and table rental costs incurred would be covered by the teams.

Any interested parties should contact Sarah Bleichert at: sarahbleichertPT@gmail.com.

2. World Masters Ultimate Club Championship

We are looking for physios interested in working at the World Masters Ultimate Club Championships. If you are interested in more information, you can go to the website at : http://wmucc2018.com.

Interested parties should contact Faye Zachedniak via e-mail at mata@sportmanitoba.ca.


Sun July 29th – Opening Ceremonies
Mon July 30th – Round Robin Early AM, Round Robin AM/PM, Round Robin PM, Feature Game 7pm TBA, Evening Activity – Scotch & Whiskey Tasting
Tue July 31st – Round Robin Early AM, Round Robin AM/PM, Round Robin PM, Feature Game 7pm TBA, Evening Activity – Canadian Beer Tasting
Wed Aug 1st – Round Robin Early AM, Round Robin AM/PM, Round Robin PM, Feature Game 7pm TBA, Evening Activity – International Karaoke Contest
Thur Aug 2nd – Round Robin Early AM, Playoff AM/PM, Playoff PM, Feature Game 7pm TBA, Evening Activity – Trading Night
Fri Aug 3rd – Playoff Early AM, Playoff AM/PM, Playoff PM, Grand Masters Final 7pm TBA, Evening Activity – Live Rock Concert
Sat Aug 4th – Women’s Final, Men’s Final, Coed Final, Closing Ceremony, Evening Activity – WMUCC Party and Concert (Ticket Required)

Executive Committee


Quinn Taylor
Executive Chair
Pure Lifestyle Ltd.
1129 Empress St.
Winnipeg, MB
t: 204-338-7873
f: 204-788-1492
e: quinn@purewinnipeg.com

Kim Champagne
Vista Place Physiotherapy
K-1631 St. Mary’s Road
Winnipeg, MB
t: 204-253-2165
f: 204-253-2229
e: kchampagne.pt@gmail.com

Vanessa Voth
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
D’Arcy Bain Physiotherapy
100-2200 McPhillips Street
Winnipeg, MB
t: 204-694-2337

Kelsey Moeller Brown
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Quarry Physiotherapy in Stonewall, inMotion Network
3-347 Main Street
Stonewall, Manitoba
t: 204-467-9101
f: 204-467-9102
e: moeller.kelsey@gmail.com

Curtis Friesen
Education Co-Chair
River East Physiotherapy and Sports Fitness Clinic
1215-A Henderson Highway
Winnipeg MB
P 204.982.9191 | F 204.334.0253

Brandon Labonte
Education Co-Chair
United Therapies Rehabilitation Centre
104-1695 Henderson Hwy
t: 204-338-5252
f: 204-334-1948
e: brandon@unitedtherapies.ca

Shanley Mowatt
Membership Development Coordinator
e: ummowats@myumanitoba.ca

Haley Stenberg
Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba SPC Representative
Vista Place Physiotherapy
Unit K-1631 St Mary’s Road
Winnipeg, MB
t: 204-253-2165
f: 204-253-2229
e: hqstenberg@gmail.com

Breanne Hilhorst
Events Co-Chair
Ness Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic
t: 204-953-1650
e: breannechristine@hotmail.com

Jeff Manliguez
Events Co-Chair
e: manliguezj@gmail.com

Sitha Soung
Equipment Co-Chair
e: ssoung.rtp@gmail.com

Brad Gangloff
Equipment Co-Chair
e: bgangloff1988@gmail.com

Caleb Smith
Equipment Co-chair
e: caleblawriesmith@gmail.com

Kahlil Diaz-Hammond
MPT Year 1 Student Representative
University of Manitoba: College of Rehabilitation Sciences
e: diazhamk@myumanitoba.ca

Danielle Klassen
MPT Year 1 Student Representative
University of Manitoba: College of Rehabilitation Sciences
e: danielle.klassen11@gmail.com

Emily Campbell
MPT Year 2 Student Representative
University of Manitoba: College of Rehabilitation Sciences
e: umcamp@myumanitoba.ca

Brett Willows
MPT Year 2 Student Representative
University of Manitoba: College of Rehabilitation Sciences
e: willowsb@myumanitoba.ca




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