PROJECTS & NEWS
With a focus on high performance sport organizations and elite amateur athletes, 94 FORWARD provides financial support, leadership and direction to all it's collaborations.
Director Robin Dyke announces resignation
At the recent 94Forward Board meeting and AGM the Board accepted the resignation of long serving Director Robin Dyke, the word used was ‘reluctantly’.
Robin’s connection with 94Forward (PacificSport) began prior to 2005 when he volunteered to assist in shaping the future direction of the National Rugby Centre and Pacific Pride Rugby Program. Robin even acted as manager for the Pride’s tour to Quebec and Ontario.
Over the following years Robin would provide valuable service and leverage his extensive strategic planning experience, in close concert with former 94Forward Board member Wayne Widdis, helping PacificSport BC Society and PISE shape their strategic directions.
Robin formally joined the Board in 2008 and was a key contributor to managing the 2012 transition from the original two society model from 1994 into today’s model.
Stamp of Approval
VICTORIA, B.C., July 2019 - The Commonwealth Games legacy story is 25 years old, beginning as the Commonwealth Center for Sport Development (CCSD) and continuing today as 94Forward. The Society’s Directors recently met with founding President and widely regarded Canadian sport legend – Ken Shields. Most of the discussion centered on the values and philosophy established in the mid-90s, and their importance in guiding decision making today.
Athletics Canada-WEstern Hub Community Engagement report
VICTORIA, B.C., June 2019 - A key criteria for 94Forward support is a National Sport’s commitment to actively participate in growing sport in the Victoria region. Sports headquartered in Victoria receive significant support from this community and it is a hallmark of the culture we are building to have these programs give back to the local community. 94Forward’s model leverages the performance athlete (LTAD stage 5 or 6) for the positive benefit of younger athletes at stages 1-4 of the LTAD model. The model also includes linking the performance athlete with the Active for life stage (7). Read Report.
VICTORIA, B.C., May 29, 2019 – Triathlon Canada’s next generation of female talent have received Don Manning Grants to further their training in Victoria, B.C. Hailing from across Canada, these athletes are members of the newly launched Triathlon Canada Academy Program. The Academy is charged with developing the next wave of athletes behind the elite group and its launch is a progressive step in the rebuilding of Triathlon Canada’s performance programs. Designed by Eugene Liang, Triathlon Canada’s High Performance Director, the Academy is run by Coach Marc Antoine Christin, originally from Quebec.
best fest 2019
MALLORA, SPAIN, May/June 2019 - A group of Canadian distance swimmers, some development level and two who will be competing in the upcoming 2019 World Championships, recently travelled to BEST Fest and received enhanced physiological monitoring due to the support from 94 Forward. BEST Fest is a multi-day, multi-race open water festival hosted annually in Mallorca, Spain. The event was a significant learning opportunity for both coaches and athletes in optimizing their physiology, nutrition, and race tactics leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying event in the summer of 2019 during the World Championships.
coaches wall - unsigned
VICTORIA, B.C., May 1, 2019 - The north wall in the 94Forward Board Room celebrates some of our great coaches. Flanked by legends David Clark of rugby and Mike Spraklen of rowing, with triathlon’s Paul Regensberg looking on, is a photo that will forever remain unsigned, that of Randy Bennett, swimming.
On our wall and in our hearts.
dinner celebrates leaders and partners
VICTORIA, B.C., September 29, 2018 - Athletes, coaches and sport administrators gathered at the Hotel Grand Pacific on Saturday for the annual Celebration of Sport dinner. Sport leaders Hugh MacDonald and Kelly Mann were recognized for their invaluable contributions to building the culture of sport in Victoria and the evening included presentations by Triathlon Canada ‘s CEO, Kim Van Bruggen and Paralympic pathway coach, Carolyn Murray.
High performance sport grant paves way to podium
VICTORIA, B. C., June 5, 2018 - Three National team athletes training with Athletic Canada’s Western Hub in Victoria, BC have received much needed financial support from 94Forward for their athletic pursuits. Laurence Cote (Baie-Comeau, Quebec), Rob Denault (Aurora, Ontario), and Samantha Murphy (Perth, Ontario) each received a Don Manning Grant for the 2018/2019 season.
Named after long time Board Chair, Don Manning, the grant assists eligible athletes further their training in Victoria, BC by covering costs associated with training and performance.
Athletes looking ahead to Commonwealth Games, just 3 weeks away
Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist MAY 13, 2018
More than 40 Island or Island-based athletes will be competing in the Commonwealth Games for Canada. Some of the Gold Coast-bound national team athletes based on the Island train here through legacy funding from the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games. That fund is known as 94 Forward and its current capital of more than $20 million is administered by a board chaired by former Oak Bay High and UBC Thunderbirds basketball star, and former B.C. deputy minister of finance, Chris Trumpy. Former national team rugby assistant coach John MacMillan is president of 94 Forward and former Camosun College vice-president and CFO Peter Lockie the treasurer. The directors are Robin Richardson, former national men’s team field hockey manager and currently director of the Bayview Place DC Bank Open PGA Tour Canada stop at Uplands, consultant and executive Robin Dyke, former B.C. Investment Management Corporation senior vice-president Lynn Hannah, and lawyer and 2008 Beijing Olympic gold-medallist rower Kyle Hamilton.
Canada's triathletes on a sprint for Tokyo gold
Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist MAY 5, 2018
The Victoria-based Canadian triathlon team returned home from across the Pacific with a clear aim in mind: Gold the next time they go trans-Pacific.
"Our goal is to win the mixed relay at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020,” said head coach Jono Hall.
“It’s ambitious. But the relay is a priority for us and we have the athletes who are capable of doing that and putting it together on the day.”
Hall made his comments over the weekend at a Triathlon Canada event in which members of the wider sports community were invited to meet the national team at Saanich Commonwealth Place. The Canadian team athletes also unveiled their new racing kit for upcoming 2018 World Cup and World Series events.
94Forward investment pays early dividends
On Thursday, April 5, 2018, Joanna Brown won Canada's first medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, finishing third in the women's triathlon.
Brown originally, of Carp, Ont., relocated to Victoria last summer to work with coach Jono Hall at Triathlon Canada's National Performance Centre.
Canada's six member 2018 Commonwealth Games Triathlon team, included Brown, Desirae Ridenour, Dominika Jamnicky, Matt Sharpe, Tyler Mizlawchuk and Alexis Lapage. Four of the six member team currently train with the National Performance Centre.
Celebration of Sport
Nov 2017: Over 100 athletes, coaches and sport administrators representing dozens of sports, came together Saturday night to celebrate the unique culture of high performance sport in Victoria. Hosted by 94Forward, the evening was an opportunity to share cross sport experiences and inspire the next generation of runners training with Athletics Canada. Keynote speakers included Gary Reed, Canada's greatest 800-metre runner, and Julianne Zussman, 2014 Rugby World Cup silver medalist and current Western High Performance Hub Manger of Athletics Canada. Special guest and iconic sport builder Ken Shields, 94Foward’s first President (Canadian Centre for Sport Development 1994-1998), and current board members Chris Trumpy, Chair, and Peter Lockie, Secretary and Treasurer, were also in attendance.
Back in Business: Athletics once again a Middle Distance powerhouse in Victoria.
Victoria is the running capital of Canada and the Athletics Canada Middle Distance Western Hub is back in business.
The construction of the track and Centennial Stadium for the 1994 XV Commonwealth Games provided a world class facility from which to build programs. The launch of the Commonwealth Centre for Sport Development in 1995, later renamed PacificSport and now operating as 94Forward, led to the establishment of several National Training Centers in the region - a Middle Distance Centre was among the original group. Within five years, national and international talent emerged in both genders under the steady direction of Brent Fougner and Wynn Gmitroski. The Centre enjoyed ongoing success through to 2008 as Gary Reed continually cracked top 5 in the world. Over the next six years, despite continued results, the Centre wound down to a bare bones reality. In 2016 momentum to revive the Middle Distance National Training Centre led to its designation of ‘Hub’ - indicating support for permanent members and an openness to support athletes and their coaches visiting for training windows.
New Project announcement-Collaboration to rebuild
94Forward embarks on a new project: a collaboration with Triathlon Canada to rebuild their organization and training centre.
The first review will be in 6 months with Triathlon Canada attendance at the 94Forward Director’s meeting on October 16th, 2017.
triathlon Canada's National Performance Centre (NPC)
The NPC in Victoria, BC, is an elite-level training facility for Canadian triathletes. It gives athletes access to facilities and sport science staff and presents opportunities for training alongside the nation’s best swimmers, rowers, cyclists and track and field athletes. It is located in the Victoria Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre and established in partnership with the Government of Canada, City of Victoria, 94 Forward, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, Saanich Commonwealth Place and Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence.
ROWING CANADA 2016 PARAlympic TEAM
The Victoria-based Para Rowing Team competed in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. The LTAMixed4+ crew (shown left) of Curtis Halladay, Meghan Montgomery, Victoria Nolan, Andrew Todd and Kristen Kitrowed to a bronze medal - the first ever para-rowing medal for Canada.
PISE Track PROJECT
Completed in 2016, the PISE Track Project represents the next major step forward for this outstanding facility. With the addition of a running track that encircles the existing playing field, the PISE experience is further enhanced not just for high performance athletes, but for students and the whole community.
Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE)
We were a Founding Collaborator partnering with Camosun College and the Canadian Sport Institute. The PISE building and infrastructure opened in 2009 as an innovation hub, research facility and training centre for sport & physical performance.