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31 BC Games Alumni set to compete at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Author: BC Games Society/Wednesday, July 23, 2014/Categories: 2014 News, Alumni

31 BC Games Alumni set to compete at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Following on the heels of the successful Nanaimo 2014 BC Summer Games, where 2414 athletes had their first multisport experience, there is a new focus this week on the 2014 Commonwealth Games set to take place in Glasgow, July 23 to August 3.

The BC Games are a stepping stone for athletes to progress to higher levels of competition including the Commonwealth Games.  Team Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games includes 31 BC Games alumni taking part in 10 sports.  There are 82 athletes from BC on the Canadian Team so those with a BC Games experience make up 37% of the BC athletes.

Three of Team Canada’s athletes have a strong connection to Nanaimo and the last time the BC Summer Games were held there in 2002.

Triathlon made its debut as a sport at the 2002 BC Summer Games.  Kirsten Sweetland of Victoria was just 13 years old when she competed at those Games and came home with a gold medal.  She has said that, “the BC Games were my first major goal and after accomplishing that goal, I kept setting higher and higher goals for myself.”  After narrowly missing the 2008 Olympic team, she has battled a series of injuries but, is now recovered and set to be part of her first major multisport Games.

Riley McCormick of Victoria was one of the youngest athletes at the 2002 BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.  At just 10 years-old, he won a bronze and silver medal at the Games and has gone on to a successful career including two Olympic Games.  On the girls side of the diving competition in 2002, North Vancouver’s Emma Friesen won gold and silver.  Friesen and McCormick are now representing Canada in Diving at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society remembered, "At the Closing Ceremony of the 2002 BC Summer Games, Nanaimo Games President Dave Bakes said to the athletes, 'Go out and make Nanaimo proud.'  These three athletes and the other 28 alumni have certainly made Nanaimo, the BC Games Society, and British Columbia proud and we will be cheering for them as they compete in Glasgow.”  

22 BC athletes have also competed for Team BC at the Canada Games or Western Canada Summer Games and 17 of those have been part of the BC Games and Team BC.

Please find below the list of BC Games alumni competing in Glasgow:

Name

Hometown

Sport

Games Year

Shae Ann Davis

Richmond

Athletics

2008

Cameron Levins

Black Creek

Athletics

2004

Mike Mason

Nanoose Bay

Athletics

2000

Christabel Nettey

Surrey

Athletics

2006

Jessica Smith

North Vancouver

Athletics

2004

Chris Winter

Vancouver

Athletics

2000

Derrick Ng

Vancouver

Badminton

2002

Toby Ng

Vancouver

Badminton

2000

Alphonse Hanet

Kelowna

Bowls - Para

1991, 1992, 1994

Viola Hanet

Kelowna

Bowls - Para

2002

Emma Friesen

North Vancouver

Diving

2000, 2002

Riley McCormick

Victoria

Diving

2002

Thea Culley

Rossland

Field Hockey

2000

Hannah Haughn

North Vancouver

Field Hockey

2006, 2008

Ponam Sandhu

Vancouver

Field Hockey

2004

Maddie Secco

Victoria

Field Hockey

2008

Kaelan Watson

Richmond

Field Hockey

2004

Richard Hildreth

Vancouver

Field Hockey

2000

David Jameson

Vancouver

Field Hockey

2000

Mark Pearson

Tsawwassen

Field Hockey

2000

Iain Smythe

Vancouver

Field Hockey

2000

Zachary Clay

Chilliwack

Gymnastics

2006

Justin Douglas

Vancouver

Rugby

2008

Mike Fuailefau

Victoria

Rugby

2006

Nathan Hirayama

Richmond

Rugby

2004

Harry Jones

West Vancouver

Rugby

2004

Sean White

Victoria

Rugby

2004

Emily Overholt

West Vancouver

Swimming

2010

Andre Ho

Richmond

Table Tennis

2004

Matthew Sharpe

Victoria

Triathlon

2006

Kirsten Sweetland

Victoria

Triathlon

2002


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