World-class athletes have assembled in Prince George for the Para Nordic Championships, but the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians have migrated one province over for the next two weeks.
The 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off tonight (Feb. 15) in Red Deer, Alberta, where nine youngsters from B.C.’s northern capital are hoping to medal for Team B.C. on the national stage.
Keep an eye out for these athletes (in alphabetical order):
- Joel Ewert = Wheelchair Basketball
- Charlotte Gibson = Alpine Skiing
- Colby Graham = Snowboard
- Kiernan Hanson = Long Track Speed-skating
- Kimiko Kamstra = Judo Female
- Craig Miller = Short Track Speed-skating
- Eric Orlowsky = Long Track Speed-skating
- Keanan St. Rose = Short Track Speed-skating
- Lochlan Young = Judo Male
There are also four non-athletes representing the city at the Games, including Prince George Cougars’ associate coach Steve O’Rourke.
He’ll be acting as the Head Coach of Team B.C.’s men’s hockey team.
Prince George Blizzard Speed-skating club coaches Lorelei St. Rose and Duane Swan will be rinkside watching athletes on the oval, while Danika Kroeker will don the black-and-white stripes as a hockey referee.
Other notable northern B.C. athletes at this year’s Canada Winter Games include three from Quesnel.
- Spencer Gamache = Archery
- Ryan Elden = Biathlon
- Katie Young = Ringette
The national competition goes on until Mar. 3 and you can click here for a full schedule of events.