The University of British Columbia

UBCO softball coaches passionate about inclusion

Shown here, on the traditional Kwanten Territory, are members of the UBCO Softball Coaching staff, members of ISPARC, Softball Canada, and Softball BC at a traditional blanket ceremony and culture training session in Fort Langley, BC. (Contributed photo)
Shown here, on the traditional Kwanten Territory, are members of the UBCO Softball Coaching staff, members of ISPARC, Softball Canada, and Softball BC at a traditional blanket ceremony and culture training session in Fort Langley, BC. (Contributed photo)

UBCO Heat softball coaches Joni Frei, Michelle Webster, Jocelyn Cater, and Lauren Mills have collectively dedicated years of their lives to Indigenous Sport and Recreation. 

"We are proud to say that Softball BC has begun their work with the ILTPD (Indigenous Long-Term Development Pathway) and ISPARC (Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council.) This has been a long time in the making," said Joni Frei who wears multiple softball 'hats' around the country. UBCO's head softball coach, Director of Coaching for Softball BC, Softball Canada Master Coach Developer, and owner of Beyond The White Lines softball academy, Frei has spent many years prior visiting First Nations communities throughout British Columbia promoting softball and coach education.

"We as a coaching staff believe strongly in creating a safe and inclusive sport. We have all made a personal commitment to educating ourselves and being a part of the action to the conversations," said Heat softball's associate head coach, Michelle Webster. She also works full time for ISPARC as their Manager of Sport Development and Community Engagement.

Frei, Webster, and Jocelyn Cater all had the honour of being involved with Team BC and the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). Frei and Webster led their NAIG respective age groups in both 2014 and 2017. Frei and Cater are slated to compete with Team BC at the 2021 North American Indigenous Games in Halifax.

The coaches are dedicated to being actively involved in making sport an inclusive and positive experience for all kids and they strongly believe all kids have a right to play. 

 

 

You can find out more information on:

Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (ISPARC): www.isparc.ca
Sport for Life Society: www.sportforlife.ca
UBCO Heat Softball: www.goheat.ca/sports/sball/overview
Softball BC: www.softball.bc.ca
Beyond the White Lines: www.beyondthewhitelines.ca