Funded by the provincial government and private donors, the B.C. Summer Games have been running since 1978. Over 2,400 young athletes participated in the last B.C. Summer Games, held in Langley in 2010.
Tate, who will be entering his 19th season at the helm of the Vikes men’s rugby program, will coach the Under-14 Zone 6 (Vancouver Island) boy’s rugby team this summer. Tate’s son, Brayden, will be competing on that team but Tate recognizes the B.C. Games are a unique event for all aspiring athletes.
“The B.C. Summer Games is really the first involvement in a multi-sport games for these athletes, which will be important as rugby sevens in now an Olympic sport,” said Tate.
Tate and his team will kick-off competition against the five other zones on Friday, Jul. 20 and wrap up on Jul. 22.
Vikes men’s basketball head coach, Beaucamp, will be also be coaching at the Under-14 Zone 6 level but in girls basketball. The two-time Canada West coach of the year is looking forward to sharing the experience with his daughter, Calli McMillan-Beaucamp.
“By being a varsity coach I’m working away often, so I miss a lot of her (Calli’s) games,” said Beaucamp. “I like having this opportunity to coach her at the B.C. Summer Games and be a part of her experience.”
Coaching the U-14 girl’s basketball team compared to varsity athletes isn’t that much different, according to Beaucamp.
“Coaching is coaching – it’s still teaching, critiquing and supporting. The level of play is just a bit different.”
Beaucamp’s team will also begin on Friday and finish on Sunday, Jul. 22.