A new sport memorandum of understanding (MoU) was introduced by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), Own the Podium (OTP), the Province of British Columbia (B.C.) and viaSport BC, whereby the five partners commit to collaboration on a set of pertinent principles.
The partnership, made on 5 February, aims to further develop and explore new opportunities for British Columbian youth to realise their full potential from the playground to Olympic and Paralympic successes.
"The Province of British Columbia has such a strong sport system and with the leadership of all partners aligning efforts, together we can further bolster the growth of Canada's national sport system,” said Gaétan Tardif, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee. “This will in turn provide greater opportunities for athletes with a disability to prosper and reach Paralympic success, and for Canada to become a world-leading Paralympic nation."
In its resolution dated 16 October 2014, the United Nations recognised sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace. It also represents an important asset to society, with each partner is committed to that resolution.
To ensure this promotion of education, health and development through sport, as well as B.C. and Canada's performance on the field of play, the five partners recognise the importance of increasing collaboration and efficiency to achieve common success. The agreement represents a shared commitment to work together to support B.C.'s sporting communities.
Through this agreement, the partners will explore opportunities to collaborate based on principles such as:
• Providing the best conditions and support possible for the athletes and coaches of today and tomorrow;
• Increasing collaboration between provincial sport organisations and national sport federations;
• Working collaboratively on actions and initiatives to get youth more active and adopt healthy lifestyles, progressively enlarging the pool of youth engaged in sport;
• Continuing to make sport and its funding a priority and influence this priority with strategic public and private partnerships in the Province of B.C.;
• Continuing to work collaboratively in B.C. to achieve Canada's international sport objectives.
The COC, CPC, OTP, B.C. and viaSport agree to work together and with other partners to create increased opportunities for sport and physical activity to be a relevant and important part of British Columbians' lives.