Board of Directors

Chair of the Board - Bo Hedges

Bo Hedges began playing wheelchair basketball in 1995 by starting a team in Fort St. John. Bo moved to Prince George in 1998 to further his education at the University of Northern BC and continued playing there with the PG Titians, making the senior men’s provincial team in 1999. He participated on the National Junior men’s team in 1997 and 2001, received his Business Marketing Degree from UNBC in 2004, and then moved to Vancouver in 2006 seeking a better training setting. The move proved fruitful, as he made the senior national team in 2007, and was a silver medallist in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and a gold at the London 2012 games. In preparation for the London 2012 games Bo moved to Alabama to complete a Masters degree in Sport Management while training and playing with Crimson Tide.

Vice Chair - Bryan Shore

Riley Martin - Treasurer

Riley joined the BCWBS Board in 2014 with experience from directing a charity in his hometown. His educational background consists of a Financial Services major in his undergrad and more recently a management major in his MBA program from Thompson Rivers University. He has also played wheelchair baksetball for 5 years as a class 1 with Kelowna's regional team, with zone 2 at the BC Games, Team BC at the Canada Games, and in the BC-CWBL and BC-CWBL Division 2 teams. While completing his MBA at TRU, he played a year with Kamloops' regional team (Bull-Dawgs). He is now continuing his post-grad studies out at the University of Victoria and will be participating on the Victoria regional team.

Brad Hagkull- Secretary

Living proof that tall men should not wear plaid, Brad first got involved in wheelchair basketball when his 6-year old son said, "Daddy, I want to do that". He has been the head coach of the Chilliwack Cheetahs program in the Fraser Valley since then and loves seeing the smiles when kids first try the sport. He is excited to develop our sport at the community and school levels and dreams of the day when every student in B.C. can get the opportunity to experience Wheelchair Basketball before graduation. A current Vice-Principal, past Elementary school teacher, accordian enthusiast and former varsity athlete, Brad's main job these days is to follow his kids around the house and turn off lights.  

Jan Hawkins - Director at Large

Bryna Kopelow - Director at Large

Bryna joined the Board in 2016. She is a member of JW Sporta: Health, Physical Activity and Sport Education Consultants, responsible for the initial development, implementation and management of Action Schools! BC (2004-2015) and the Premier's Sport Awards Program (p.s.a.p.) (1985-2015). She is involved with numerous endeavours promoting physical activity and sport at a grassroots level and has served on numerous committees. Accomplishments include: past Chair of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity; past Chair and current Honorary Board Member of Promotion Plus; current member of viaSport's Girls and Women Advisory Group; current member of th eBe the Change Advisory Council; past Board Member of Sport BC; and current Board Member of BC Recreation and Parks Association and Motivate Canada. Bryna was a member of the Expert Panel of the Formative Evaluation of the Canadian Sport Policy (2012) and the Thematic Review of Physical Literacy and LTAD. Bryna was a member of the National Advisory Committee - Children and Youth and Physical Activity Guide, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and the National Roundtable Children and Youth and Physical Activity and a Sessional Instructor at UBC.

Bryna received her BPHE from the University of Toronto and Teaching Certification and Masters of Physical Education from UBC, Bryna and her husband have two daughters.

Ewa Holender - Director at Large

Over the years, Ewa has been a gymnastics coach for kids with disabilities, the director of a national disability education and outreach program, an adaptive skiing instructor, and the organizer of a 1100km bike ride fundraiser. In her spare time, she works as a lawyer. She is passionate about sport and making sure all children have an opportunity to play and is excited to help bring wheelchair basketball to schools and communities.

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