Four Delta athletes are off to Red Deer this week for the 2019 Canada Winter Games which open on Friday.
Competition will take place in 21 sports against teams from Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. Over half of Team BC’s 251 athletes and coaches have previously competed at the BC Winter or BC Summer Games bringing with them valuable multi-sport Games experience.
The Delta contingent heading to Alberta includes: Ella Rogers (gymnastics), Ryan Woodhead (gymnastics), Adam Deane (archery) and Amanda Mott (ringette). They will be joined by Team B.C. staff members Al Wozney (hockey) and Jeremy Le Bris (judo).
Team BC finished third behind Quebec (141 medals) and Ontario (111 medals) at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George with 88 medals - 21 gold, 34 silver, and 33 bronze.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am to lead a group of dedicated athletes, coaches and sport staff to the 2019 Canada Winter Games,” said Jennifer Scott, Team BC - Chef de Mission. “We have done all we can to prepare our team. Now it’s their turn to put all that practice into competition. I’m excited to watch our team perform at the Games.”
Many high-level athletes have launched their athletic careers through the BC Games and Team BC. At the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 19 Team BC alumni were part of Team Canada.
The ceremonial uniforms for Team BC include a scarf designed by Indigenous contemporary artist, Jamin Zuroski.
The 2019 Winter Games Team BC totem is comprised of three Indigenous West Coast totem figures: the Eagle, Bear and Orca. As well as the scarf, Zuroski’s design is incorporated into a totem puzzle pin for all athletes, coaches and support staff. Other winter gear includes jackets, shirts, toques and mittens.