Teacher’s strike hurts student-athletes

Student-athletes development hurt by teachers strike

As B.C. teachers battle with the government and schools remain closed, student-athltes’ development has stalled.

“It really impacts the development of kids,” said Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball coach Patrick Hennelly, said of the strike.

With schools closed, it has allowed Grade 12 students that Hennelly wants to visit the Kamloops campus to do so. However, he said it will have a dramatic impact on his ability to see guys play. One of those ways is with the junior tournament they host, which is also a fundraiser for the team, which last year attracted 76 teams.

“This year will probably be zero because it’s early October,” said Hennelly of the tournament which also attracts schools from other provinces. “I don’t want to cancel it until the week of.”

Hennelly said he may have a camp that involves private schools.

As for the strike still going on, he said, “It’s unfortunate.”

UBC-O Heat women’s volleyball coach Steve Manuel said his recruiting hasn’t been impacted at all. With club volleyball so well developed, they already have a shortlist of players. The Heat has also already met with Grade 11 players they hope to sign for 2016.

“Grades 11 and even 10 are our main priority,” said Manuel in an email. “Of course the school season is a good way to track the progress of these athletes as well as evaluate anyone that we may have missed, or any late bloomers.”

Manuel said they have their eyes on some athletes from the South Okanagan, but they have been watching them for awhile now and have a good sense of where they fit on the recruiting depth chart.

“Once the school season resumes we will have another opportunity to monitor their progress,” he added.

Nothing will change once school resumes. Currently the Heat are running a few programs that keep them in touch and working with local athletes.

“Having Okanagan athletes in our program is one of our priorities, so we work to continually provide development opportunities to the local players,” said Manuel. “We run a Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence all year and a series of Heat Development Camps throughout the fall.

“Honestly, I believe that the strike is much more difficult on the student athletes than it is on me as a university coach,” he continued.

Manuel has had several players contact him for advice and with questions. Among them are how they can get scouted or if they should send old videos of their play, despite having improved since that time.


Just Posted

Geordie Fife exits the dunk tank during 2017’s Discovery House Father’s Day festivities at Skaha Lake Park. The fundraiser helps raise awareness of the work done at the house and break down the stigma associated with addiction. (Western News File)
Discovery House Father’s Day fundraiser goes digital

The addiction recovery program will be rolling out videos ahead of the fundraiser

The proposed design of the five-storey building on Front Street. (City of Penticton)
Five-storey building proposed for Penticton’s Front Street

It will be the second time the proposal will head to council

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from St. Eugene’s residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

RCMP thanked the public for assistance in finding Benjamin Archie, last seen in Princeton. (RCMP)
Missing Chilliwack man found safe and sound

The 80-year-old had walked away from his home in Chilliwack

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Naramata community in shock as condolences pour in for homicide victim Kathy Richardson

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

(Heather Lueck image)
Crash north of Enderby knocks out power, slows Highway 97A traffic

A witness captured footage of a medical helicopter landing at the scene

The RCMP presence in Central Okanagan public schools is being reviewed by the board of education. (File photo)
RCMP presence welcomed in Central Okanagan public schools

Staff survey feedback overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents

Most Read