BC Athletes in Tokoyo for the Olympics

The summer Olympics are upon us and with the opening ceremonies coming this Friday, July 23rd, we at Rebound would like to take a moment to show our support for local and BC athletes competing.  Canada is sending 371 athletes to these Olympic games and BC is well represented with 94 athletes.  Check out the list at the bottom of the article to see all 94 of the athletes including their sport and their BC hometown.  We will take a second to shine the spotlight on our local athletes from Langley and then move on to highlight previous medallists, top contenders, and other notable athletes in the field from BC.  We know all of these athletes will represent Canada and BC well and we wish them the best of luck!

Langley Athletes

Georgia Ellenwood

Sport: Athletics – Heptathlon

Age: 25

Prior & Current School/Club Affiliations: Langley Secondary School, Langley Mustangs, University of Wisconsin, Under Armour

Georgia won the NCAA heptathlon in 2018 at the University of Wisconsin and went on to be an 8-time NCAA All-American (6 First Team, 2 Second Team) during her stay in Wisconsin. In addition to her 2018 NCAA win, Georgia also took home gold in the heptathlon at the 2018 Canadian Track and Field Championships. Other notable finishes include bronze medals in the heptathlon at the 2013 Pan Am Junior Championships, in the high jump at the 2016 NACAC U23 Championships, and the pentathlon at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

Check out Georgia’s full profile at: https://olympic.ca/team-canada/georgia-ellenwood/

Danielle Lawrie

Sport: Softball

Age: 34

Prior & Current School/Club Affiliations: Brookswood Secondary, White Rock Renegades, University of Washington, USSSA Pride, Canada Wild

Danielle is a pitcher with a professional win-loss record of 25-11 and an ERA of 2.53 in the National Pro Fastpitch league. While at the University of Washington, she broke numerous school and conference records, is the career strikeout leader for the Huskies, and won USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. She was an NPF All-Star in 2011, is a 2 time winner of the Honda Sports Award for softball, and was a Cowles Cup champion in 2013 and 2014. Representing Canada, she has helped her teams earn silver in the Pan Am games in 2007 and 2019 and bronze in the World Championships in 2010 and 2018.

Check out Danielle’s full profile at: https://olympic.ca/team-canada/danielle-lawrie/

Drew Mechielsen

Sport: Cycling – BMX

Age: 23

Prior & Current School/Club Affiliations: Langley BMX

Drew’s first big year came in 2018 where she finished the BMX season ranked 17th in the world. In 2019, she won the Canadian BMX title and finished 7th at the Pan Am Games. She enters the Olympics posting 2 top-20 results this year.

Check out Drew’s full profile at: https://olympic.ca/team-canada/drew-mechielsen/

Andrea Proske

Sport: Rowing

Age: 35

Prior & Current School/Club Affiliations: False Creek Rowing Club

Andrea represented Canada on the senior international circuit in the double skulls event where, along with her partner, she placed 6th in the 2018 World Rowing Championships and 4th in the 2019 World Rowing Championships. In addition to competing in double sculls in Tokyo, she was named a member of the women’s eights boat.

Check out Andrea’s full profile at: https://olympic.ca/team-canada/andrea-proske/

Lisa Roman

Sport: Rowing

Age: 31

Prior & Current School/Club Affiliations: University of the Fraser Valley, London Rowing Club

Lisa began rowing internationally with the women’s eights boat in 2013 and has medalled 5 times in World Cup events since then. She has won silver in the 2017 and 2018 World Championships with the boat and finished 5th with the boat in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Check out Lisa’s full profile at: https://olympic.ca/team-canada/lisa-roman/

Previous Olympic Medallists

All of these athletes (and their teams where applicable) have been identified as contenders for medals during these Olympic games.

Jasmin Duehring

Jasmin won the bronze medal in the women’s team pursuit track cycling event at the London 2012 Olympics and repeated the bronze medal performance in Rio 2016 in the same event. She was the only member of the 2012 team to repeat in 2016. Her 2016 team set a national record in the event. She looks to add another medal in the event for the 3rd straight Olympics.

Brent Hayden

Brent won the bronze medal in the men’s 100m freestyle swim in his 3rd Olympics at the London 2012 Olympics. Having taken a few years away from the sport and missing Rio 2016 due to problems with back pain, Brent returns to the Olympics at 37 years old and will be the oldest Canadian to ever swim at the Olympics.

Kayla Moleschi

Kayla helped the women’s rugby sevens team win the bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics (the first ever games to include rugby) where she scored 3 tries in the tournament. In that same year, she was named the 2016 Women’s Sevens Player of the Year by Rugby Canada. The team is currently ranked 4th in the world heading in to these Olympic games.

Taylor Ruck

Taylor won bronze medals as part of both the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay swim teams at the Rio 2016 Olympics where she competed at the age of 17. With these medals, she and her teammate Penny Oleksiak became the first ever Olympic medallists born in the 2000s. She looks to add more medals in the relay events as well as individual events.

Georgia Simmerling

Georgia won the bronze medal in the women’s team pursuit track cycling event at the Rio 2016 Olympics as part of that team’s record-breaking performance. She has also competed in the Winter Olympics as a skier including the games in 2014 in Sochi and 2010 in Vancouver. She is the first Canadian athlete to compete in a different sport at each of 3 different Olympic games (she competed in alpine skiing one year and freestyle skiing another).

Christine Sinclair

Perhaps the most decorated and recognized Canadian soccer player ever, Christine won led her team to bronze medals at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics. These games will be her 4th Olympic appearance. She was the Olympic leading scorer in 2012 and was named the flag bearer for the closing ceremonies of those games in addition to being awarded the Lou Marsh Award as Canadian Athlete of the Year. Her team is currently ranked 7th in the world heading in to these Olympic games.

Other Top Contenders and Notable BC Athletes

Nathan Hirayama

Nathan is Canada’s all-time leading scorer in rugby sevens and currently sits 3rd all-time in the World Rugby Sevens Series scoring.  He was recently named as one of two flag-bearers for Canada at this year’s opening ceremonies.

Sean McColl

Sean is the lone male competing for Canada in the very first Olympics including sport climbing as an event and played an important part in the advocacy for the event’s inclusion in the Olympic games. He has competed in every IFSC World Championships since 2007 and has won the gold medal in the combined event 4 times (2009, 2012, 2014, 2016).

Hillary Janssens & Caileigh Filmer

Hillary and Caileigh are a rowing pair with a number of years of experience together, winning gold at the 2018 World Championships and bronze at the 2019 World Championships.

Kim Gaucher & Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe

Kim and Nayo are members of the women’s basketball team that is currently ranked 5th in the world.

Complete List of BC Athletes Competing at the Tokyo Olympics

Athlete Sport Hometown
Alannah Yip Sport Climbing North Vancouver
Alycia Butterworth Athletics – Steeplechase Parksville
Amar Dhesi Wrestling Surrey
Andrea Proske Rowing Langley
Andy Anderson Skateboarding White Rock
Antoni Kindler Field Hockey Vancouver
Avalon Wasteneys Rowing Campbell River
Brendan Guraliuk Field Hockey Tsawwassen
Brenden Bissett Field Hockey New Westminster
Brent Hayden Swimming Mission
Brian Malfesi Canoe-Kayak Maple Ridge
Caileigh Filmer Rowing Victoria
Cameron Levins Athletics – Distance Running Black Creek
Camryn Rogers Athletics – Hammer Throw Richmond
Christabel Nettey Athletics – Long Jump Surrey
Christine Roper Rowing Victoria
Christine Sinclair Soccer Burnaby
Connor Braid Rugby Victoria
Conor Trainor Rugby Vancouver
Danielle Lawrie Softball Langley
Django Lovett Athletics – High Jump Surrey
Drew Mechielsen Cycling – BMX Langley
Emma Entzminger Softball Victoria
Evan Dunfee Athletics – Race Walk Richmond
Floris van Son Field Hockey Vancouver
Gabriel Ho-Garcia Field Hockey Burnaby
Georgia Ellenwood Athletics – Heptathlon Langley
Georgia Simmerling Cycling – Track West Vancouver
Gord Perrin Volleyball Creston
Gordon Johnston Field Hockey Vancouver
Gurpreet Sohi Water Polo Delta
Harry Jones Rugby West Vancouver
Hau-Li Fan Swimming Burnaby
Hayley McKelvey Water Polo North Delta
Hillary Janssens Rowing Cloverdale
Jake Thiel Rugby Victoria
James Kirkpatrick Field Hockey Victoria
James Palmer Cycling – BMX North Vancouver
Jamie Wallace Field Hockey Vancouver
Jasmin Duehring Cycling – Track Coquitlam
Jay Lamoureux Cycling – Track Victoria
Jenn Salling Softball Port Coquitlam
Jerome Blake Athletics – Sprint Burnaby
John Boothroyd Field Hockey West Vancouver
John Gay Athletics – Steeplechase Kelowna
John Smythe Field Hockey Vancouver
Julia Grosso Soccer Vancouver
Justin Douglas Rugby Abbotsford
Kai Langerfeld Rowing North Vancouver
Kayla Moleshi Rugby Williams Lake
Kelsey Harshman Softball Delta
Kierra Smith Swimming Kelowna
Kim Gaucher Basketball Mission
Kristen Tsai Badminton Burnaby
Larissa Franklin Softball Maple Ridge
Lauren Regula Softball Trail
Lindsey Butterworth Athletics – Middle Distance Running North Vancouver
Lisa Roman Rowing Langley
Liz Gleadle Athletics – Javelin Vancouver
Luc Bruchet Athletics – Distance Running White Rock
Madison Mailey Rowing Lions Bay
Malindi Elmore Athletics – Middle Distance Running Kelowna
Mark Pearson Field Hockey Tsawwassen
Markus Thormeyer Swimming Delta
Matt Berger Skateboarding Kamloops
Matthew Sarmento Field Hockey Vancouver
Matthew Sharpe Triathlon Campbell River
Maxwell Lattimer Rowing Ladner
Michael Mason Athletics – High Jump Nanoose Bay
Micky Papa Skateboarding Burnaby
Mike Fuailefau Rugby Victoria
Mo Zhang Table Tennis Richmond
Monika Eggens Water Polo Pitt Meadows
Natasha Wodak Athletics – Distance Running Surrey
Nathan Hirayama Rugby Richmond
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Basketball Penticton
Nikola Girke Sailing West Vancouver
Patrick Kay Rugby Duncan
Patrick Keane Rowing Victoria
Phil Berna Rugby Vancouver
Regan Yee Athletics – Steeplechase Vancouver
Ryan Sclater Volleyball Port Coquitlam
Sara Groenewegen Softball Surrey
Scott Tupper Field Hockey Vancouver
Sean McColl Sport Climbing North Vancouver
Shallon Olsen Gymnastics – Artistic Surrey
Shaul Gordon Fencing Richmond
Stephanie Grauer Rowing Vancouver
Steven Marshall Volleyball Abbotsford
Sukhi Panesar Field Hockey Surrey
Taylor Ruck Swimming Kelowna
Theo Sauder Rugby Vancouver
Trevor Hofbauer Athletics – Distance Running Burnaby
Yvette Yong Taekwondo Vancouver


**Information on athletes collected from Olypmics Canada website and/or Wikipedia**