Louise Hodgson-Jones

The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) will host the 4th Celebration of Women in Sport (WinS) on Sunday, April 1, 2012 from 11 am – 2:30 pm. The gala brunch honour’s women’s achievement in sport, and highlights the importance of sport for girls and women in all stages of athletic development. Guest speakers are Michelle Stilwell, three-time Paralympic Gold Medalist, and Lindsay Jennerich, National Team Athlete, Rowing Canada Aviron. Both athletes will be competing in the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games in London.

Nominations are now being accepted for the WinS Award in four categories – athlete, coach, sports builder, and volunteer. The athlete is one who has achieved an outstanding performance at the club, provincial, national or international level over the last calendar year. The coach is one who has had an outstanding performance at the club, provincial, national or international level. The sports builder has made a dedicated and measurable contribution to building sport in their community. The volunteer is one whose commitment and dedication has furthered the spirit of sport in their community. Deadline for submissions are March 10, and all nominees must be residents of Vancouver Island. Nomination criteria and forms can be found on

“This event is important in recognizing the contributions that women make in our sports community, and in doing so, we call out role models to motivate and inspire the next generation of women and girls in sport” says Robert Bettauer, CEO of PISE. “Women in society, and in sport in particular, have contributed so much to build our sports programs and services, and they do so with very little recognition. Our goal is to ensure that appropriate awareness and appreciation is provided to the remarkable accomplishments of the outstanding roles models that we will recognize through this event.”

Women in Sport is looking for event sponsors. Each year the event attracts 300 attendees, so this is a unique opportunity for companies and individuals to be seen to support amateur sport, and to play a part in the future success of all female athletes. The gala is attended by sport academies, local sport organizations, National team members, Island Olympians and Paralympians, and sports advocates from British Columbia. There are five levels of sponsorship from Title at $8,000; Celebration at $5,000; Awards at $2,500; ‘In the Room’ at $1,500, and Table at $775. Sponsorship details and ticket information can be found on or by emailing


Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE)

The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence is a visionary partnership of Camosun College, the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific and PacificSport Victoria. The Institute is a Canadian first and brings together excellence in sport and exercise education, community health and wellness, sport technology research and world-class athlete performance services under one roof. PISE serves the community, students, high performance athletes and coaches from across the country, and in collaboration with the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific and Camosun College enables them to provide the best testing, training, education, research and rehabilitation services available in one central location.