BC Athletics announces Team BC coaching staff for the 2017 Canada Summer Games


BC Athletics is pleased to announce the Team BC coaching staff that will lead a team of 58 athletes at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.


“The Canada Summer Games are an instrumental program for our athletes. This type of high-level multisport competition will provide them with valuable experience that will help them immensely at future competitions.  BC athletes have historically performed very well at the Canada Summer Games and we expect that this year’s team will continue to achieve excellence,” said Chris Winter, Technical Manager, BC Athletics.


Head Coach, Allen Johnston of Nanaimo brings seven previous Games experiences to the team including coaching at the 2009 Canada Summer Games and 2015 Western Canada Summer Games.  Johnston is a NCCP Master Coach in middle distance.


“I am looking forward to this Canada Summer Games competition and the great hospitality from our Prairie hosts. It will be my seventh Games that I’ve been involved in as a coach and each Games has been very unique and has provided great memories and performances. I expect this year to be the same,” said Allen Johnston, Head Coach, Team BC


Coaching Staff

Allen Johnston, Head Coach – Endurance, (Nanaimo)

Neil Currie, Assistant Coach Sprints, Hurdles, Relays (Smithers)

Laurie Willet, Assistant Coach Throws (Victoria)

Elena Voloshin, Assistant Coach Jumps/Combined Events (Vancouver)

James Hustvedt, Para Team Coach (Vancouver)

Lisa Myers, Para Team Coach (Vancouver)

Deborah Carter, Special Olympics Coach (Surrey)

Paul Little, Team Manager (Nanaimo)

Beverly Larssen, Team Manager (Vancouver)

The athletics competition also includes wheelchair racing, para throws, and Special Olympics events.  Athletes will qualify to represent Team BC in athletics at a selection meet on June 10 and 11 in Coquitlam.  Special Olympics selection will take place on June 16 and 17 in Langley.


The 2017 Canada Summer Games run July 28 to August 13 with the athletics competition scheduled for week one of the Games, July 28 to August 4.