Team BC Mission Staff Announced for 2015 Canada Winter Games

Team BC Mission Staff Announced for 2015 Canada Winter Games

Author: BC Games Society/Wednesday, April 2, 2014/Categories: 2014 News, Team BC News

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The Team BC mission staff has been selected to lead the provincial team competing at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

Chef de Mission, Rob Needham, will lead the team of mission staff members who will provide administrative, logistical, and performance preparation support for the athletes and coaches attending the Games.  This is Needham’s second time as Team BC’s Chef de Mission having led the team at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in addition to his extensive international Games experience with the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

“Mission staff are essential to our athletes’ success, ensuring their needs are taken care of so they can excel in competition and realize their potential,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “Team BC mission staff have a legacy of excellence, winning the Claude Hardy award last year at the Sherbrooke Canada Summer Games for their dedication and talent. I congratulate all mission staff members on their selection to Team BC.”

The Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer and are a key step in the development of Canada’s amateur athletes.  The Prince George 2015 Canada Winter Games marks the first time British Columbia has hosted the Canada Winter Games.  Team BC will send 350 athletes, coaches, support staff, and mission staff to the Games which take place February 13 to March 1, 2015.

“We have assembled an incredible team of proven leaders whose dedication and commitment will ensure Team BC is optimally prepared to support our athletes and coaches in performing at their best on home turf at the 2015 Canada Winter Games,” said Needham.

The mission staff team is beginning preparations now and will work for the next 11 months to ensure Team BC is ready for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

About Team BC
Every four years a team of athletes, coaches, managers, and mission staff is assembled to represent British Columbia at Canada's premiere multi-sport events - the Canada Winter Games, the Canada Summer Games and the Western Canada Summer Games.  Representing the best in BC, they are known as Team BC.  For more information visit TEAMBC.ORG.

About the Canada Games

The Canada Games are a national multi-sport competition with participation from every province and territory in Canada.  The Games are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer.  The 2015 Canada Winter Games will be held February 13 to March 1 in Prince George, bringing together approximately 3,300 athletes, coaches, and managers from every province and territory to compete in 19 sports.

A backgrounder follows.

Lia Threlfall
Communications Manager
BC Games Society
Office: 250-387-4688
Cell: 250-812-3887

Team BC Mission Staff - 2015 Canada Winter Games

Management Team
Rob Needham, Chef de Mission
Contractor (Vancouver)

Michelle Collens, Assistant Chef de Mission
PavCo (Vancouver)

Peter Saar, Performance Manager
Canadian Sport Institute (Prince George)

Jarret Poitras, Operations Manager
BC Games Society (Victoria)

Lia Threlfall, Communications Manager
BC Games Society (Victoria)

Mission Staff
Heather Beatty, Sport Mission Staff
ViaSport (Vancouver)

Carolynn Boomer, Sport Mission Staff
PacificSport Interior (Kamloops)

Brenda Chinn, Operations Mission Staff
Contractor (Vancouver)

Tyla Flexman, Special Events Mission Staff
Fortius (Vancouver)

David Freeze, Mental Performance Consultant
Ripple Rock Consulting (Kamloops)

Katrina Galas, Communications Mission Staff
Marketing and Special Events Contractor (Toronto)

Seb Hartell, Medical Manager
Sport Med BC (Vancouver)

Tania Kenny, Sport Mission Staff
BC Hockey (Victoria)

Carl Nienhuis, Mental Performance Consultant
Mental Performance Specialist (Abbotsford)

Jennifer Scott, Sport Mission Staff
Tourism Burnaby (Vancouver)

Kevin Bogetti Smith, Communications Mission Staff (Photography)
Bogetti Smith Photography (Kamloops)

Drew Todd, Sport Mission Staff
Canadian Sport Institute (Victoria)

Christine Ulmer, Communications Mission Staff
Okanagan College (Kelowna)

Danielle Williams, Sport Mission Staff
Skate Canada BC/YK (Surrey)

Julianne Zussman, Sport Mission Staff
Canadian Sport Institute (Victoria)


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