As we are gearing up for the 2015/2016 club volleyball season, we are pleased to announce our incoming President, John McGowan. McGowan enters the Presidential role with an impressive resume and history with BCO, most recently as an Assistant Coach with the 2015 18U Elite team. Currently, he is the District Principle for the North Vancouver School District. He has been an educator on the North Shore for over 20 years and has coached volleyball at the high school and club level for as many years. McGowan began teaching in the early 90's and spent 15 years as Secondary School Vice Principal and Principal before moving to the Board Office. We're excited for what the new season will bring, and read on below for his message to the club.
It is my true honour to take on the role of President of the BCO Volleyball Club. After spending a year working with Mike Rockwell, our outgoing President, my hope is to maintain the legacy established by Mike and Neil (Sulkas) of BCO being one of the most recognized volleyball clubs in Canada.
BCO was established to give young athletes on the North Shore the opportunity to play volleyball beyond playing at school. Over the years, the club has developed and expanded to support not only our local young athletes, but to provide high level training and competition for players from across the Lower Mainland. This model has seen tremendous success Provincially and Nationally culminating with our 18U Elite team winning Provincial and National Gold Medals last year. Each year, a number of our graduating athletes are also able to continue playing volleyball at the post-secondary level. Please take a look at our Alumni page to see a partial and always updated list.
More importantly are the positive life experiences we try to provide to each of our BCO athletes. We hope that each of them will know what it means to be part of the BCO family and that their time with our club will help them develop the attributes and traits to help them find success and happiness in their lives.
With the addition of our Camp program over the past couple of years, we want to continue to support the development of volleyball on the North Shore. This program has allowed us to introduce the sport to young girls and boys at a much younger age than in the past. We have also started a Beach program, opening up this exciting version of the sport to our local athletes.
Finally, I want to thank all of the athletes, parents, coaches, and individuals who have been part or are currently part of our club. This club is testament to each of you. The fact that it has been in existence since 1978 demonstrates to me that we have created an organization that provides an important and critical part of the North Shore community.
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