Congratulations to our 2020 Athlete & Coach Grant recipients! We are pleased to announce some fantastic news during a time where it may be hard to come by. We have been able to award the following deserving athletes with grants:

  • Claudia Laos-Loo – Karate
  • Izzak Kelly – Rugby
  • Alex Brent – Sprint Kayak
  • Maggie Coles-Lyster – Track and Road Cycling
  • Isabel Taylor – Whitewater Slalom
  • Jusleen Virk – Karate
  • Mattias Frohloff – Diving
  • Cassidy MacPherson – Kayak

With an outstanding number of applicants this year, it made our decision very tough. We would love to be able to provide every athlete with a grant to help with their sport related expenses, but unfortunately, this is just not possible. The athletes above are being awarded these grants because of their involvement with PacificSport and the Canadian Sport Institute, their contributions to the sport community, and their high financial need. We are impressed by their achievements in sport and their commitment to giving back to their sport. All of these athletes are committed to improving their performance both physically and through sport education, proving themselves as well-rounded athletes. Even with putting so many hours into their sport, they all still manage to find time to volunteer with their sports organizations, commit to helping coach other athletes, and are role models on their teams and in their communities. It is our absolute pleasure to offer these athletes just a little bit of assistance with their sport journey and we hope that PacificSport Fraser Valley can continue to support them in any way we can.


Claudia Laos-Loo - Karate
Surrey, BC 


Izzak Kelly - Rugby
White Rock, BC


Alex Brent - Sprint Kayak
Dewdney, BC


Maggie Coles-Lyster - Track and Road Cycling
Maple Ridge, BC


Isabel Taylor - Whitewater Slalom
Chilliwack, BC


Jusleen Virk - Karate
White Rock, BC


Cassidy MacPherson - Kayak
Maple Ridge, BC


Mattias Frohloff - Diving
Surrey, BC




We are also happy to announce that we have awarded three coaches with grants:

  • Tessa Nagai – Canoe/Kayak
  • Allison McMillan – Softball
  • Gurjot Kooner – Wrestling

We had many deserving coaches apply for a grant this year. The coaches above are being awarded a 2020 grant based on their financial need and their commitment to developing professionally as a coach. We are impressed by their initiative and dedication to improving their coaching skills and the time they are committing to enhance their athletes’ performances. These coaches are continuing to take courses, attend workshops, and implement their learning into their coaching practices. They are not stagnant and want to keep progressing their coaching to ensure their athletes are receiving the best training possible. It is clear that these coaches go above and beyond for their athletes. PacificSport Fraser Valley is grateful to be able to award these coaches with a grant and to continue to support them in their coaching journey.


Tessa Nagai - Canoe/Kayak
Maple Ridge, BC


Gurjot Kooner - Wrestling
Abbotsford, BC


Allison McMillan - Softball
Langley, BC




Thank you again to everyone who applied for the grants. You will be notified when the next round of grants is available. Here are a list of ways that you can get involved with PacificSport to help improve your application:

  • Attend our speaker series, workshops, or coaching courses
  • Volunteer with Operation Red Nose
  • Coach at our camps or other sport programs
  • Engage with us on social media through our contests
  • Join our strength & conditioning or athlete development programs
  • Utilize our strength & conditioning services
  • Engage with us by sharing your sport achievements
  • Speak at an event or school
  • Attend our annual fundraiser – The Sweepstakes for Sport 

We also encourage athletes and coaches to contact us if there is another way they would like to get involved (i.e. doing a a program or workshop with your team, volunteering with our summer camps, etc.). Please contact Alana See if you have any questions.