Upcoming Courses

PacificSport Vancouver Island staff facilitate coaching and mentoring courses year round!

Please see below for our upcoming courses!


Mental Health Series 2020 - March 18, March 25, April 1

This 3 part series will provide education on mental training in sport. The sessions will focus on topics that can improve sport performance

Sport psychology and mental performance training is a huge part of athlete performance. With practice, mental training can provide a huge advantage for athletes who practice their mental game, providing them with skills to cope with pressure, set realistic goals and expectations, and persevere through adversity. Athletes who do not work on their mental game can become frustrated, disinterested, and lack confidence when competing in their sport. This 3 part series will provide athletes with some foundational skills to utilize in their sport environment.

This series is intended for athletes aged 12 and up, however, coaches and parents are encouraged to register as well. Each participant will receive a copy of the Mental Fitness document from Sport for Life, as well as a workbook that relates to each topic. It is recommended that participants sign up for the complete series. All workshops will have interactive sections to get participants applying the concepts that will be presented.

The series will take place at Vancouver Island University on Wednesday March 18, 25, and April 1 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Building 356, Room 111. Each session costs $15 to register, or $35 to register for all three.

Session 1 – Mindfulness in Sport: Creating Awareness to Develop as an Athlete

Mindfulness is a popular phrase that is used widely in our current society. In Western society, it is a term that is used to market a positive, healthy lifestyle in a variety of area’s in one’s life. Mindfulness, the ability to keep your focus in the present moment, has developed greatly in the sport psychology world. It is seen as a valuable tool in helping an athlete improve their sport performance. This workshop will introduce athlete’s to mindfulness and provide strategies in how an athlete can use mindfulness in their sport.

Session 2 –Focus Plans: Strategies to Keep You in the Game

Many mistakes in competition usually involve what is seen as a “lack of focus”. While it can seem like a straightforward explanation for why things go wrong, there are many factors which contribute to an athlete being focused on their task. This workshop will discuss what it takes for an athlete to be focused on specific cues in their sport, as well as some strategies to stay focused under pressure when their mind can wander to distracting thoughts and feelings that disrupt their performance.

Session 3 – Using Imagery to Perform: Creating a Blueprint for Performance

Imagery, most commonly referred to as visualization, is a powerful tool that can help an athlete improve their sport performance. Imagery has many different use related to sport performance. This skill is used to enhance physical skills, like learning a new technique, executing performance, and correcting mistakes, as well as developing mental skills like developing strategy, problem solving, building confidence, and improving focus. This workshop will provide athletes with strategies to use imagery to prepare for their competition.

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All Youth Matter: Inclusion Training - April 18, 2020

All Youth Matter: Inclusion Training

Based on deep consultation with nearly 250 youth and over 100 inclusion experts, viaSport’s All Youth Matter: Inclusion Training was developed to equip sport and recreation leaders to make a difference in the lives of diverse youth in their community.

Through the four-hour workshop, participants learn about the factors that contribute to an inclusive environment, how to identity and address barriers and biases, and steps to take to intervene and stop discrimination. In addition, participants are provided with tools, techniques and best practices to create inclusive sport, recreation and physical activity experiences for youth from underserved or marginalized populations.

Participants also receive:

- A personalized action plan for change

- Access to All Youth Matter: Inclusion Training

- Additional Resources

- An All Youth Matter: Inclusion Training Certificate of Completion

- 3 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Professional Development (PD) points

Venue: Campbell River Sportsplex | Willow Point Park | Room 1

Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Cost: $15 (Includes a manual)

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For more information about this course or viaSport please visit: https://www.viasport.ca/inclusion/youth