With the 2013 Team BC tryout camp fast approaching, several previous members of Team BC have chimed in with their thoughts on their experiences being a part of the team in the past in hopes of encouraging this year’s crop to give it their all at this camp to earn a rare opportunity to put on that Team BC jersey and represent British Columbia.
"I really enjoyed my time with Team BC and I got the opportunity to meet many other players from the province that I would not have otherwise met. Also playing against high level athletes from around the country helped prepare me for the next level. I enjoyed making new friends throughout the entire process and the coaches could not have been more helpful. Winning the Bronze medal meant a lot because BC had not been in the tournament for the past 10 years. All in all it was an awesome time.
"I also had the opportunity to represent Canada at the Team USA vs Team World Game which was a great experience. Winning the game made the experience even more enjoyable. Because I had played for Team BC, learning new plays and clicking with the players I did not know seemed a lot easier. Both Team BC and Team World were things I will never forget."
- Casey Chin, New Westminster Hyacks, SFU Clan, 2010 Team BC, 2012 Team World
"Playing for Team BC was a great experience where I could play with other elite players from my province while competing for the national title. It allowed me to develop as a player, as well as compete at the highest level possible. Also, playing for Team World was another experience which offered similar benefits on a much larger scale."
- Matthias Goossen, Vancouver College Fighting Irish, SFU Clan, 2010 Team BC, 2012 Team World
"As a member of the 2010 BC Team that went to Nova Scotia, I highly recommend anyone who has even the slighest interest of trying out to do so! I almost passed up on the opportunity but with some encouraging words from my teammates and coaches I tried out and made the team. It was a great experience and I met some awesome guys along the way. Going to the other side of the country to represent your province is such an honour and if I had the chance I would do it again. Winning a bronze medal with the teammates I had that year is still marked down as one of my proudest moments in my sports life. It's time to bring gold back to the west coast though! Good luck to those who will be trying out and representing this years Team BC. All the best."
- Carlo Dalupang, St. Thomas More Knights, 2010 Team BC
"Being able to play for Team BC was rewarding, gainful and an enjoyable experience. Extraordinary coaches and phenomenal teammates formulated a great team. The level of coaching and competition I experienced while I played for Team BC became beneficial in the coming years of football. Playing for Team BC is recognizable by university scouts, and was certainly helpful in the recruiting process. Playing against the best players from other provinces was humbling and unveiled an extremely high level of competition. I am very grateful and proud to have represented my home province by playing for Team BC."
- Ante Milanovic-Litre, Notre Dame Jugglers, SFU Clan, 2011 Team BC, Army National Combine (San Antonio, Texas)
Football BC would also like to welcome members of the CIS Guelph Gryphons to the upcoming Team BC May Long weekend camp.
The Gryphons are one of the schools taking advantage of Football BC’s University Sponsor Package and will have an opportunity to address players and making a presentation during the weekend, as well as join all the camp players and Team BC coaching staff for meals.
If you are a college/university that would be interested in this opportunity, please contact Dino Geremia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-816-5157.