Bruce Deacon – Chairperson
Elected – 2011
Bruce comes to the BC Athlete Voice Board of Directors with a wealth experience and knowledge. Bruce is a two-time Olympic marathoner and led the Vancouver office of the Canadian Olympic Committee for the three years leading up to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Bruce is the past athlete’s representative of Athletics Canada, and past presenter at multiple AthletesCAN Athlete Forums. He currently is the Director of Marketing and Communications on the BC Athletics Board of Directors and frequently chairs appeal tribunals for the Centre for Sport and Law and Athletics Canada. He works as a director in the Provincial Government and is President of Flaming Torch Learning, an educational consulting firm based in Victoria. With a strong background in education, Bruce provides a great perspective specifically in leadership, a subject in which he holds a Masters degree. Bruce is also still an active athlete and competes at the masters level and is involved in coaching.
Elected – 2012
Jennifer is the Sport Performance Coordinator for PacificSport Interior BC. She is an active High Performance Track & Field athlete, competing in the Hammer Throw and training towards the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She is the 2006 Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist, a 4- Time Canadian Champion and a former Canadian Record Holder. She competed for 4 years at the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a 2 Time NCAA All-American, Pac-10 Champion and Team Captain while earning her double major in American Studies & French.
Jennifer also brings valuable coaching experience and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. She currently trains Kamloops athletes and teams including Olympian Catharine Pendrel (XC Mountain Bike). Jennifer was born and raised in Richmond, BC and grew up as a multi-sport athlete in soccer, volleyball and track. She is very involved in sport and the community as she currently sits on the Board of Directors for BC Athlete Voice and Athletics Canada as the Female Athlete Representative.
Elected – 2011
Alexa Loo is a seven-time national champion and two-time Olympian in the snowboard parallel giant slalom event. She represented Canada in Torino, Italy, making history as the first Canadian woman to compete in the event for Canada. She then went on to compete at home in the Vancouver 2010 games where she placed 12th. As an 11 year veteran of the National Snowboard team, Alexa was a pioneer in the sport, being the first Canadian woman to make a World Cup final and the first to reach a World Cup podium. She has 3 World Cup podiums (one silver and 2 bronze), 11 Continental Cup wins and 22 Continental Cup podiums.
Alexa recently retired from competitive snowboarding ranked 1st in Canada and tied for 9th in the World! Alexa is a chartered accountant, working at Entrust CAs in Richmond. She continues to be give back to sport by serving on the Audit and Finance Committees for the Canadian Olympic Committee, coaching entry level track and field with the Richmond Kajaks and motivating and inspiring others to aim high, work hard and give back by speaking at schools and community events.
Elected – 2012
Kalie McCrystal is a law student at the University of British Columbia. She grew up competing in swimming and soccer, and continued on to coach both sports. During her undergraduate degree, Kalie was a research assistant for sports and health psychology labs, and co-wrote an academic paper on perceptions of athlete pain during sports. She obtained a BA in Honours Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2010.
In her first year of law school, Kalie volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and was placed with Sport Legal. She undertook the researching and writing of a number of legal resources that appear on the BCAV site, and provided information and legal aid for athletes under the supervision of a lawyer. Kalie is also the Vice President of the Sports, Entertainment, and Art Law Society at UBC, and will be assisting with faculty sport law research during the summer.
Elected – 2012
Steve Bell-Irving brings a wealth of business development knowledge to BC Athlete Voice. In his professional life, Steve has demonstrated great management ability, both as a Manager for Canadian Outback Adventures and an Investment Advisor for TD Waterhouse. Currently, Steve works as Development Coordinator for UBC Athletics, out of UBC’s Point Grey campus.
Steve was also a NCAA Div. I baseball player, (University of Hawaii), and finished his playing career with the UBC Thunderbirds so he is well versed with various sport systems. A lifelong volunteer, Steve currently gives his time officiating with West Vancouver Little League and BC Hockey. As well, Steve holds Board Member or leadership positions with UBC Grand Prix, West Vancouver Little League, UBC Athletics Alumni Branch and UBC’s School of Kinesiology. During all of this, Steve still finds the time to stay fit, competing in road cycling races and triathlons. BCAV welcomes Steve to our Board!
Ajay Patel has been involved in sport all of his life. He is currently the Division Chair for Health Sciences and a Faculty Member in the Department of Human Kinetics at Langara College. He obtained his Masters of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining Langara College, Ajay was the CEO at Gymnastics BC and the Executive Director for Badminton BC. During his time with both organizations, Ajay was the lead on significant projects which have left a number of impacting legacies within the community. Ajay’s professional work (as well as a majority of his volunteer time) is dedicated to sport, provincially, nationally and internationally, and he has had the opportunity to work closely with individuals at all competitive levels and abilities. He has coached at all levels in soccer and his multi-sport games experiences are quite extensive. He was the Chef de Mission of Team BC for the 2011 Canada Winter Games and was the Team BC Chef de Mission for the previous three Canada Games Programs. Ajay is also a member of the BC Education Team with Canadian Sport for Life. He has been focusing on developing awareness, planning and implementation strategies, primarily with the education and organized sport sector.
Marni retired in 2004 from the National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, as a three-time Paralympic Gold medalist and as one of the world’s premier wheelchair basketball athletes. Her skills as a coach and mentor have encouraged many athletes to explore wheelchair sports. Marni currently coaches BC’s Canada Winter Games basketball program and has coached at four Canada Winter Games. Marni is also the assistant coach for the Senior National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, heading to the 2012 Paralympics. Her success and dedication to her sport and her ability to face challenges have helped Marni earn BC Wheelchair Sports’ “Female Athlete of the Millennium”. Marni has also been involved in BC Athlete Voice since it’s inception in 2005, has held the Interim Board Chairperson position and has a huge range of experiences within the sport system not only as an athlete but also as a coach and administrator.