Happy New Year to you all! We hope you had a restful holiday season and remained safe and healthy throughout. Best wishes to everyone for 2021, as it will be sure to be another busy year ahead!
We wanted to provide a brief interim update for you as we get into a new year. Some summaries are highlighted below:
- Burnaby Striders held it’s annual AGM meeting back in December 2020 and recapped our past year, reviewed COVID impacts and discussed our financial budget heading into 2021. Overall, we have been working as best we could under the provincial restrictions to offer training to our athletes in a safe environment. This will not change as we head into 2021 and we will continue to work closely with the various governing bodies to pivot where needed in order to balance out our program delivery with the safety of our athletes. We will also be looking to add to our coaching roster for this new year and will be reaching out for potential candidates and referrals. During these uncertain times, it will be important for us to have sufficient resources in place. More information will be shared on this site, as we get them.
- BC Athletics also held a year end meeting with the various track organizations, clubs and officials to discuss what the outlook for 2021 might look like. Much of the short term view will be dictated by our Provincial Health Order, which is set for a review on February 5, 2021. BC Athletics will be gathering feedback from the various host organizers on the logistics surrounding upcoming events and determine if it’s possible under the current restrictions. Other aspects, like financial cost and volunteer resources, will all need to be considered when making these decisions. We will continue to share updates as we get them on what the upcoming “season” might shape up to look like.
- From Burnaby Striders standpoint, we have not been permitted to book our usual Burnaby South indoor facility this year and the school remains closed to outside organizations. So our usual October to March winter training season is cancelled. Instead, we will be extending our outdoor training at Burnaby Central from March 29, 2021 all the way through to Sept 30, 2021. Further details will be shared, as we get closer to Spring, but we will have this reserved with the City for the time being.
- Lastly, in terms of memberships and renewals for 2021, we did discuss at our AGM meeting that our expectations would be to reduce the membership fees by $50 per athlete across the board. This discount is to reflect the cancellation of our indoor facility for this year only. Although we are extending our outdoor training schedule, there will still be some savings that we can pass down to each athlete. We will not formally open up registration, until after we hear from our Provincial Health Officer on February 5, 2021. Further communication will follow on when to sign up.
There are many moving parts and we appreciate all of your understanding and patience. For now, please continue to stay safe and healthy and we will share more developments, as they unfold in the coming weeks.