Team BC & High Performance Pathway

Posted: June 20, 2019

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, through a partnership with the Province of British Columbia (BC), viaSport, the network of PacificSport centres, and Softball BC, collaborates to deliver programs and services to place BC athletes[1] onto National Teams, and ensure athletes and coaches have every advantage to win medals for Canada. The partners work jointly to encourage sport excellence and increase podium performances in communities throughout BC.

Through the above partnership, and with the above purpose in mind, Softball BC may nominate athletes and their coaches who meet specific criteria for Canadian Sport Institute Pacific / PacificSport athlete or coach registration. Upon registering, athletes and coaches can engage in enhanced programs, benefits, and selected support services through Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and the network of PacificSport regional centres in BC.

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and PacificSport athlete support is tiered across four levels based on performance, each with a slate of designated benefits.

 Athlete Support

  • Community Partnerships (discounted products/services at selected retailers).
  • GymWorks™ (free gym access at numerous partner facilities).
  • Free Education Programs (Athlete Advance™, Sport Performance Speaker Series, Athlete Readiness seminars).
  • A variety of Grants and Bursaries.
  • And much, much more!

Athlete Selection

Softball BC has created a set of criteria for selection to the Athlete Nomination List. There is no application process. Athletes are selected by Softball BC, and a list is submitted to an Athlete Coach Services Technical Expert at Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. Please click the link to view the nomination criteria – Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and Softball BC Athlete and Coach Nomination Criteria: 2019-2020SoftballNominationCriteria

 Coach Selection

Personal coaches can also receive access to benefits if they currently coach an athlete selected to the Athlete Nomination List. Like the athletes, coaches will receive a notification via email. For more information on services for coaches, please see the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific website.

 I am an athlete. How do I know if I can get access?

Upon approval of the Softball BC Athlete Nomination List, athletes and coaches will be notified via email from Softball BC and provided with the information to complete registration at one of the eight campuses/centres across the province. Athletes and their coaches can make an appointment at their corresponding centre to complete their intake meeting.

 Why am I not on the list?

If an athlete’s name is not on the Athlete Nomination List, and they believe that it should be, they and their personal coach are advised to contact Rick Benson at or 604-371-0302 ext. 6. Once the appeal is received, it will be considered on a case by case basis by Softball BC and Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.

[1]In general, a BC athlete is defined as an athlete born, developed, and/or trained/centralized (for a minimum of three months) in British Columbia.

Mark Dunlop

Mark Dunlop

Head Coach - Team BC Women


May 6, 2019

Softball BC Announces 2021 Team BC Head Coaches
Langley, BC - Softball BC is pleased to announce the Head Coaches for Team BC Men and Women for the 2021 Canada Summer Games. Doug Allin (Peachland, BC) has been appointed as the Head Coach for the Men’s team, while Mark Dunlop (Surrey, BC) has been selected as the Head Coach of Team BC Women.

"Our selection committee was thoroughly impressed with Doug‘s level of professionalism and his high performance playing and coaching experience will bring instant credibility to the position. We are very pleased that our Team BC Men’s program will be led by someone of his caliber” said Mike Renney, Chair of the Selection Committee.
When asked about his recent appointment Mr. Allin said "I am honoured to be selected as the Head Coach for Team BC Men for the Canada Summer Games in 2021. Softball BC has a tradition of excellence and the goal will be to continue to build on the history while building on striving for gold in 2021”.

On the Women’s side, Mark Dunlop was the successful candidate from a pool of eight very strong applicants. "After a distinguished career at the club level our committee felt that Mark was the ideal candidate to lead our Women‘s team. With a proven track record at the National level we are confident our Team BC Women’s athletes will greatly benefit from his knowledge, experience and leadership” stated Mr. Renney.
"I am honored and excited to be selected as the Head Coach for Team BC Women that will be competing at the 2021 Canada Summer games in Niagara Falls, Ontario. I look forward to getting familiar with the athletes over the next two years" – Mark Dunlop.

About the Canada Summer Games
“Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada‘s young athletes. As the best in their age group, these young competitors come to the Games having trained long and hard to be among those chosen to represent their respective province or territory and compete for the Canada Games Flag and Centennial Cup. With the Canada Games poised as a key step in the development of Canada’s future stars, Canada Games athletes are Canada’s next generation national, international and Olympic champions.”

For more information, please contact:
Rick Benson – Executive Director