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10 BC Games and Team BC alumni to compete at the Youth Olympic Games

Author: BC Games Society/Monday, February 1, 2016/Categories: Alumni

10 BC Games and Team BC alumni to compete at the Youth Olympic Games

When the 2016 Youth Olympic Games kick off in Lillehammer, Norway on February 12, ten BC Games and Team BC alumni will be representing Team Canada.

The alumni include two time BC Games alumni and the winner of the 2014 W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence, Tyler Tardi of Surrey.  Tyler was the skip for Team BC at the 2015 CAnada Winter Games where he and teammate Sterling Middleton won a bronze medal for Team BC.  The two will be teammates again along with two female curlers from Nova Scotia to compete in the mixed team event.

Zoe Chore of Kimberley has attended four BC Games in four different sports.  At the 2014 BC Summer Games she competed in rowing and was awarded a Coast Capital Savings Bursary for her exceptional leadership.  She now takes her athletic talents to the slope to compete in freestyle skiing.

Tekarra Banser of Kelowna started her multi-sport Games journey in 2014 at the BC Winter Games and followed that up with a gold medal performance for Team BC in biathlon at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.  Another year later and she will wear the red and white and face off against the best young athletes from 71 countries at the Youth Olympics held in Norway, a country known for its exceptional athletes in biathlon.

PRESS RELEASE from the Canadian Olympic Commitee:

Team Canada Names 54 Athletes to Compete at Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games
Calgary biathlete Benjamin Churchill to lead Team Canada into Opening Ceremony

Monday, February 1, 2016 — TORONTO — On Monday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced the team of 54 athletes that will represent Canada at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, from February 12 to 21. Benjamin Churchill will lead Team Canada into the Opening Ceremony as the flagbearer.

The 17-year-old Calgary native is one of Canada’s most promising biathletes. He won the men’s 15km individual event and led Team Alberta to silver in the men’s 3 x 7.5km relay at the 2015 Canada Games in Prince George, B.C. Competing since 2010, Churchill has won six career medals at the Canadian Championships.

The Olympic city of Lillehammer will host 1100 of the world’s best young winter athletes from 71 nations. These promising athletes aged 15 to 18 will compete in 70 medal events using some of the venues from the 1994 Olympic Winter Games. Two daily update shows and the event of the day will be streamed on CBCSports.ca

In addition to competition, the athletes will take part in a wide range of cultural and educational activities to help them develop the skills needed to be successful in their careers as adults. The team will be led by Chef de Mission Isabelle Charest, a three-time Olympian and Olympic medallist in short track speed skating. Charest made her Olympic debut at Lillehammer 1994 where she won silver in the 3000m relay. Fellow Olympian, Eric Mitchell, a ski jumper who competed at Vancouver 2010, joins the team as their Young Ambassador.

The full athlete contingent which will represent Canada at the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games includes:

 

First Name

Last Name

Gender

Sport

Hometown

BC Games or Team BC

Justin

Alkier

Male

Alpine Skiing

Barrie, ON

 

Ryan

Moffat

Male

Alpine Skiing

Kelowna, BC

2010 BC Winter Games

Ali

Nullmeyer

Female

Alpine Skiing

Toronto, ON

 

Amelia

Smart

Female

Alpine Skiing

Invermere, BC

2010 BC Winter Games

Tekarra

Banser

Female

Biathlon

Kelowna, BC

2014 BC Winter Games, 2015 Canada Winter Games

Benjamin

Churchill

Male

Biathlon

Calgary, AB

 

Gillian

Gowling

Female

Biathlon

Calgary, AB

 

Leo

Grandbois

Male

Biathlon

Lennoxville, QC

 

Katherine

Hogan

Female

Bobsleigh

Calgary, AB

 

Martha

Niziolek

Female

Bobsleigh

Kingston, ON

 

Parker

Reid

Male

Bobsleigh

West Vancouver, BC

 

Taylor

Rooke

Female

Bobsleigh

Calgary, AB

 

Levi

Nadlersmith

Male

Cross-Country Skiing

Boissevain, MB

 

Annika

Richardson

Female

Cross-Country Skiing

Vancouver, BC

2012 BC Winter Games

Karlee

Burgess

Female

Curling

Brooksfield, NS

 

Mary

Fay

Female

Curling

Chester, NS

 

Sterling

Middleton

Male

Curling

Fort St. John, BC

2012 BC Summer Games (Golf)

Tyler

Tardi

Male

Curling

Surrey, BC

2012 BC Winter Games 2014 BC Winter Games 2015 Canada Winter Games

Justine

Brasseur

Female

Figure Skating

LaSalle, QC

 

Zachary

Lagha

Male

Figure Skating

Saint-Hubert, QC

 

Marjorie

Lajoie

Female

Figure Skating

Longueuil, QC

 

Mathieu

Ostiguy

Male

Figure Skating

Granby, QC

 

Roman

Sadovsky

Male

Figure Skating

Toronto, ON

 

Zoe

Chore

Female

Freestyle Skiing

Kimberley, BC

2010 BC Winter Games, 2010 BC Summer Games, 2012 BC Summer Games, 2014 BC Summer Games

Reece

Howden

Male

Freestyle Skiing

Chilliwack, BC

2010 BC Winter Games

Evan

Marineau

Male

Freestyle Skiing

Calgary, BC

 

Mackenzie

Wilson

Female

Freestyle Skiing

Whistler, BC

2012 BC Winter Games

Luka

Burzan

Male

Ice Hockey

Surrey, BC

 

Dennis

Busby

Male

Ice Hockey

Shanty Bay, ON

 

Declan

Chisholm

Male

Ice Hockey

Bowmanville, ON

 

Aidan

Dudas

Male

Ice Hockey

Parry Sound, ON

 

Carson

Focht

Male

Ice Hockey

Regina, SK

 

Gabriel

Fortier

Male

Ice Hockey

Lachine, QC

 

Alexis

Gravel

Male

Ice Hockey

Mississauga, ON

 

Benoît-Olivier

Groulx

Male

Ice Hockey

Gatineau, QC

 

Anderson

MacDonald

Male

Ice Hockey

Quispamsis, NB

 

Jared

McIsaac

Male

Ice Hockey

Truro, NS

 

Allan

McShane

Male

Ice Hockey

Collingwood, ON

 

Ryan

Merkley

Male

Ice Hockey

Mississauga, ON

 

Tristen

Nielsen

Male

Ice Hockey

Fort St. John, BC

 

Connor

Roberts

Male

Ice Hockey

Owen Sound, ON

 

Olivier

Rodrigue

Male

Ice Hockey

Canton Tremblay, QC

 

Ty

Smith

Male

Ice Hockey

Lloydminster, AB

 

Jett

Woo

Male

Ice Hockey

Winnipeg, MB

 

Brooke

Apshkrum

Female

Luge

Calgary, AB

 

Matthew

Riddle

Male

Luge

Vancouver, BC

 

Adam

Shippit

Male

Luge

Pemberton, BC

 

Reid

Watts

Male

Luge

Whistler, BC

 

Zachary

Lipinski

Male

Skeleton

Leduc, AB

 

Laura

Vargas

Female

Skeleton

Calgary, AB

 

Evan

Bichon

Male

Snowboard

Prince George, BC

2015 Canada Winter Games

Kira

Lengkeek

Female

Snowboard

Airdrie, AB

 

Baily

McDonald

Female

Snowboard

Barrie, ON

 

Audrey

Shieh

Female

Snowboard

Collingwood, ON

 

QUOTES

    “It is such an honour to be Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Lillehammer was the setting of the beginning of my Olympic journey, and the 1994 Games shaped the rest of my life. I know the Youth Olympic Games can do the same for the young athletes who will take part. It will be a major milestone in their careers and I’m thrilled to be a part of it and use my experience to help them reach their potential. I’m thrilled to work with the ones who will inspire future generations of athletes.”

    Isabelle Charest, Lillehammer 2016 Chef de Mission, Three-Time Olympian, Three-Time Olympic Medallist, Short Track Speed Skating

    “The Youth Olympic Games is a great event because it will help participants grow into not only great athletes but also well-rounded young adults. It has a strong educational component delivered through workshops and cultural exchanges. These teenagers will develop skills and knowledge that will help them become champions on and off the field of play, in their future careers and throughout their lives. They will have the opportunity to learn these vital skills from sport legends, empowering them to be true leaders in their communities when they return home to Canada. I wish I’d had the opportunity to compete, learn and share in an event like this, I know it would have helped to prepare me for the big Olympic stage at Vancouver 2010.”

    Eric Mitchell, Lillehammer 2016 Young Ambassador, Vancouver 2010 Olympian, Ski Jumping

    “Representing Canada at the Youth Olympic Games has been a dream come true, and to go as flagbearer will make this experience even more special. Canada's winter sport legacy has been crafted by generations of determined, persistent, and courageous athletes, and it is my sincere hope to honour that history during these Games. Hoisting the maple leaf, a unifying symbol for Canada, is something I will do with pride.”

    Benjamin Churchill, Lillehammer 2016 Flag Bearer, Biathlon 

    “Biathlon is a sport that has largely flown under the radar in Canada over the last two decades, but as Biathlon Canada has continued to invest in our athletes, we’ve seen increased success internationally, and are now witnessing the next generation successfully developing through the system. Ben is proof of this. His much-deserved selection to lead Team Canada into the Youth Olympic Games reinforces our program is headed in the right direction. He is an exceptional young Canadian both on and off the ski trails.”

    Eric de Nys, High Performance Director, Biathlon Canada

 

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