I would like to congratulate our team of athletes at the first combined National Championships in Toronto this month. We were the #3 province overall and showed our depth by medalling in every event category. From U15 to Masters and Kata, BC represented and made us proud! A special thanks to the volunteer coaches, officials and chaperones who took time from their personal schedules to make the event successful. I was very impressed by the organisation and the way the coaches and chaperones worked together to ensure that our athletes were safe and advocated for throughout the four days of the tournament and the training camp afterwards.
I know many members are concerned about the loss of Diane St-Denis from Judo BC. The board has been hard at work over the last month to develop a plan for her replacement. Rather than try for a direct replacement or our Executive Director we have determined that we should take another direction and bring on board someone with technical Judo Skills as well as the organisational and relationship building skills that we have come to value so much from Diane. We call this role the Sport Development Director. This person would be supported by a part time coordinator who will take on some of the tasks and allow the Sport Development Director to focus on building grass roots and high performance programs to support our clubs in growing the sport of Judo in BC.
We are in the midst of preparing the job descriptions and finalising the hiring committee and hope to have the job posted by early August. In the meantime Diane has graciously agreed to stay on part time during the transition. I will update you again when the descriptions are complete and posted.
Yours in Judo,
President Judo BC