Camosun student building a bridge to China

Business internship offers unique opportunity to Oak Bay High alum

Camosun College student Scott Metcalfe went to China to complete an internship in sports management. He is pictured walking through Victoria’s Chinatown

For Scott Metcalfe, a visit to Victoria’s Chinatown brings back memories of Beijing, with one glaring difference.

“The one thing about Beijing is that it’s just so crowded. You wonder where all these people come from,” he said.

“You get on the subway, you can’t move. You lose your friend for a second and you can’t see him. It’s quiet and peaceful here. There’s no hustle and bustle.”

Metcalfe, 22, spent three weeks in China last May as part of an internship organized through Camosun College. The Oak Bay High alum is in the Sports Management program at Camosun, where he’s learning about the business side of sports. The internship offered him a rare chance to see how things are done on the other side of the world.

“The sport facilities just blew my mind,” he said. “It was not comparable to any other countries.”

Metcalfe and a handful of fellow Camosun students spent part of their time in China at Beijing Sport University, a massive training centre for virtually every sport imaginable. That level of infrastructure is reflective of Chinese attitudes toward sport, he said.

“It just kind of enables them to always be active, and the education (system) branches back to sport and health too.”

When he wasn’t touring Olympic venues or working at various job placements, Metcalfe was mingling with athletes and sport officials from all over the world. He even played in a basketball game with current and former Chinese pros, who have a special appreciation for a certain Victoria-born hoopster.

“They love Steve Nash,” Metcalfe said, describing a display that featured photographs of celebrated thinkers and innovators. Nash’s portrait was alongside those of Einstein and da Vinci.

“The way he passes the ball, he’s the icon of sharing, which in Chinese culture is just expected. Everything is shared.”

For Metcalfe, who is interested in pursuing a career in sports marketing, the trip was also a valuable opportunity to make contacts in the Chinese business community. In fact, he’s since been hired by a company called Youth Bridge China, which facilitates educational tours similar to the one which took him there.

“You can participate in this program, get all the cultural and travel benefits out of it,” he said. “But at the same time, you’re going to get a corporate business internship, a language certificate and that really valuable Chinese network.”

This kind of educational tour isn’t cheap – Metcalfe spent “a few grand.” In his role with Youth Bridge China he’s working on securing a private donor to offset some or all of the cost for participants. Currently a three-week tour runs about $3,650 plus airfare.

As he works toward his sports management diploma, Metcalfe is certain the return on investment will be much greater, giving him an advantage in a highly competitive industry.

“I feel that I’m a little more ahead of the game than other people in the field.”

For more information on Youth Bridge China, visit www.youthbridgechina.com.

reporter@vicnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria non-profit advocates for the use of psilocybin for terminal patients

North Saanich psychotherapist pushes for alternative treatment

Victoria woman to sell masks on wheels after garage stand shut down

Mama’s Masks stand accompanied Moss Street Market

Gathering marks 10 years since nearly 500 asylum-seekers landed off Victoria shore

The 492 people fleeing violence, war crimes and genocide in Sri Lanka were detained for months

One person in custody after hours-long Cook Street standoff with barricaded robbery suspects

Victoria police say 2300-block of Cook Street has reopened to drivers

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

Captive fawn seized from Island home

Valley resident charged and fined under the Wildlife Act

Pandemic could be driving more parents to get on board with flu shot: study

University of B.C. study gauges willingness for parents to vaccinate children for influenza

Watchdog clears Okanagan RCMP in death of man after arrest over alleged stolen pizzas

The man died in hospital after having difficulty breathing and broken ribs

Have you seen Berleen? B.C. pig destined for sanctuary goes missing

Berleen was less than two weeks from travelling to Manitoba when she vanished

Health Canada says several kids hospitalized after eating edible pot products

People warned not to store cannabis products where children can find them

‘It’s not just about me’: McKenna cites need to protect politicians from threats

Police investigation was launched after someone yelled obscenities at a member of McKenna’s staff

Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

First study of its kind in the U.S. to figure out whether existing lanes or shoulders could be used

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Aug. 11

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read