British Columbia

Meet your B.C. Olympians heading to Rio

The countdown to the Summer Olympics is on with the opening ceremonies set for August 5 in Rio. B.C. will be well represented by athletes competing in everything from athletics to wrestling.

The West Coast will be well represented in Rio when the Summer Olympics begin August 5

Tory Nyhaug of Coquitlam, B.C., soars off a ramp in the men's BMX cycling event at the BMX Track. (Harry How/Getty Images) (Harry Howe/Getty Images)

The countdown to the Summer Olympics is on with the opening ceremonies set for August 5 in Rio de Janeiro.

68 of Canada's 313 athletes call British Columbia home — a full 22 per cent of the team — competing in everything from athletics to wrestling. 


Lucas Bruchet, Vancouver 5000m; Evan Dunfee, Richmond, Race Walk; Liz Gleadle, Vancouver, Javelin; Iñaki Gomez, Vancouver, Race Walk; Mike Mason, Nanoose Bay, High Jump; Christabel Nettey, Surrey, Long Jump; Hilary Stellingwerff, Victoria, 1500m; Ben Thorne, Kitimat, Race Walk; Alyxandria Treasure, Prince George, High Jump; Chris Winter, North Vancouver, Steeplechase: Natasha Wodak, Vancouver, 10,000m

Christabel Nettey, Surrey, long jump (Franck Robichon/European Pressphoto Agency)
Ben Thorne, Kitimat, race walk (Andy Wong/The Associated Press)
Liz Gleadle, Vancouver, javelin (Canadian Olympic Committee)


Kim Gaucher, Mission; Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Penticton

Kim Gaucher, Mission (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Beach Volleyball

Victoria's Jamie Broder will team with Ontario's Kristina Valjas on the sand at Copacabana Beach. (Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)


Laura Brown, Vancouver; Jasmin Glaeser, Vancouver; Tory Nyhaug, Coquitlam; Catharine Pendrel, Kamloops; Georgia Simmerling, West Vancouver

Catharine Pendrel, Kamloops, mountain bike (photo courtesy of Catharine Pendrel)
Tory Nyhaug, Coquitlam, BMX (Harry Howe/Getty Images)
Jasmin Glaesser, Vancouver (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Tiffany Foster, North Vancouver (

Field Hockey

Thirteen of the 16 members of Canada's Olympic men's field hockey team are from B.C. including Brenden Bissett, New Westminster; David Carter, Vancouver; Taylor Curran, North Vancouver; Adam Froese, Abbotsford; Matthew Guest, Vancouver; Gabriel Ho-Garcia, Burnaby; Gordon Johnston, Vancouver; Ben Martin, Vancouver; Sukhpal Panesar, Surrey; Mark Pearson, Tsawwassen; Matthew Sarmento, Vancouver; Iain Smythe, Burnaby; Scott Tupper, Vancouver. (Field Hockey Canada)


Scott Morgan, North Vancouver (Kristy Wigglesworth/The Associated Press)
Brittany Rogers, Vancouver (UGA Sports Communications)
Shallon Olsen, Surrey (Gymnastics Canada)


Caileigh Filmer, Victoria; Brendan Hodge, Delta; Lindsay Jennerich, Victoria; Kai Langerfeld, North Vancouver; Maxwell Lattimer, Delta; Patricia Obee, Victoria; Lisa Roman, Langley; Antje von Seydlitz, Smithers; Lauren Wilkinson, North Vancouver; Will Dean, Kelowna 

Will Dean, Kelowna, quad sculls (
Victoria's Lindsay Jennerich (left) and Paticial Obee (right), lightweight double sculls (Alexandra Wey/The Associated Press)

Rugby 7s

Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake (Ian Muir/Rugby Canada)


Vancouver's Luke Ramsay (left) and West Vancouver's Nicola Girke (right) compete together in the mixed Nacra 17 class (Sail Canada)


Cynthia Meyer, Bowen Island, trap shooting (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)


Burnaby's Christine Sinclair (left) and Abbotsford's Sophie Schmidt (


Ryan Cochrane, Victoria; Hilary Caldwell, White Rock; Emily Overholt, West Vancouver; Kierra Smith, Kelowna; Noemie Thomas, Richmond; Richard Weinberger, Vancouver; Marcus Thornmeyer, Tsawwassen

Ryan Cochrane, Victoria (Mark Humphrey/Canadian Press)
Hilary Caldwell, White Rock (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)
Richard Weinberger, Vancouver, 10k open water (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Table Tennis

Mo Zhang, Vancouver (Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images)


Vasek Pospisil, Vernon (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


Kirsten Sweetland, Victoria (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)


Jansen VanDoorn, Langley; Steve Marshall, Abbotsford: Gord Perrin, Creston: Fred Winters, Victoria

Gord Perrin , Creston (Masashi Hara/Getty Images for FIVB)


Danielle Lappage, Burnaby; Haislan Garcia, Coquitlam

Haislan Garcia, Coquitlam, 66kg (@Hgarcia66)