Team Kidsport

Alexa Loo

Two-time Olympian, Alexa Loo joined Team Canada for the 2006 Games in Turin and 2010 Games in Vancouver. She is the first Canadian woman to compete at an Olympic Winter Games in the parallel giant slalom event. Winning a World Cup bronze medal in 2006 in Italy, this marks the first medal to be won by a Canadian woman snowboarder. In 2009, Loo also took home another World Cup bronze medal in the United States. She has colelcted 13 top-10 finishes at World Cup events and many first-place finishes at Nor-Am Cups.

Alexa serves as Canada’s snowboard athlete representative to the International Ski Federation (FIS) and is a ... Read More

Caroline Cameron

Born and raised in Toronto, Caroline Cameron started her broadcasting career as an intern at Sportsnet 590 The FAN.  Rising through the ranks at Rogers, Cameron provided sports updates for CityNews Channel as well as reported and produced content for Rogers TV and Sportsnet over the last two years before landing behind the Sportsnet Central anchor desk. During her time with Sportsnet, Cameron has covered a wide range of live events as a reporter, including writing for sportsnet.ca. An avid tennis player and blogger, Cameron lists court-side reporting at the 2013 Rogers Cup as a career highlight.

Caroline Cameron has ... Read More

Cassie Hawrysh

Cassie Elise Hawrysh is a Canadian Skeleton Racer who broke onto the international sliding scene in 2011 and was named the alternate sled for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. With two World Cup fourth place finishes and a team Gold, this 2014 Canadian Champion and overall 2015 ICC Bronze medalist is only just getting started. 

Born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba, Cassie began as a volleyball player and multi-event track and field athlete - but discovered her true passion in Skeleton in 2009. In the offseason you will find Cassie splitting her training time between Calgary, AB and Phoenix, AZ and sharing ... Read More

Constable 2936 Meghan Agosta

Meghan set her career goal to become a police officer when she was in high school. She received a hockey scholarship to Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania, graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and completed an internship with the Leamington Police Service (Ontario Provincial Police). At Mercyhurst, she became the NCAA all-time leading scorer and a member of Team Canada.

Meghan has represented Canada with distinction: she is a four time world champion silver medalist, two time world champion gold medalist and a three time Olympic gold medalist.  Meghan was the tournament MVP of the 2010 Vancouver ... Read More

Darcy Marquardt

Darcy is a three-time Olympian in rowing​ who, after two fourth place finishes at Athens 2004 (​women's pair) and Beijing 2008 (women's eight), finally reached the podium as a member of the women’s eight that won silver at London 2012. In 2006 Marquardt won world championship gold in the pairs event​
with stroke Jane Rumball. She won back-to-back world championship silvers with the women’s eights​ in 2010 and 2011 heading towards London 2012 and also has two more world championship medals from 2002 (silver in four​s​) and 2003 (bronze in eights​).​

Darcy met her husband Richard (2x Olympic ... Read More

Denny Morrison

A Fort St. John native, Denny won a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in team pursuit. As a 7 year member of the national team, Denny also competed in the 2006 Torino Games. Denny has recently been involved in Earth Day and in an Olympic Heroes tour in Atlantic Canada.

Growing up in a small town, Denny is a real believer in the values that sport brings to a child and appeared in a KidSport video public service announcement in 2010. He hopes to defend his Ritchie Brothers Corporate Challenge title in 2011 and has thrown down the gauntlet to other Team KidSport members! To find out more about Denny visit www.denny-morrison.com

Emily Brydon

Emily Brydon, born in 1980 in Fernie, BC is a veteran on the Canadian alpine ski team, competing on the World Cup circuit for nearly ten years. She has nine World Cup Podiums, nine Canadian championship titles and competed in her third Olympics at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Emily will now join a dozen Olympians as ambassadors to KidSport.

"KidSport gave me the opportunity to continue to strive for success in the ski world," said Brydon, who grew up in BC's Kootenay region.  "It allowed me to help my parents pay for the cost of sport and playing, and in turn is an important factor for being where I am today."

"KidSport ... Read More

Emily Zurrer

Defender Emily Zurrer is a two-time Olympian and has participated in two FIFA Women's World Cups with the Canadian National Women's Soccer Team. She was a member of the Canadian women's team that captured bronze in London. 

She is a gold medallist at the 2004 CONCACAF Women’s U-19 Championship in Canada, where she was named the tournament MVP. Twice she represented Canada at the U-20 Women’s World Cup – in 2004 in Thailand and in 2006 in Russia.

At the University of Illinois, Zurrer was three times named to the Big Ten All-Tournament teams, awarded the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year and scored 11 goals and led ... Read More

Evan Dunfee

Evan, a Richmond native, can be found routinely walking up to 200km a week on the streets of his hometown. Having represented our country over 2 dozen times in the last decade as one of Canada’s top race walkers his big breakthrough came at the Rio Olympics. After a 10th place finish in the shorter 20km distance, Evan brought his niche event to water coolers across the country after his stunning 4th place finish in the longer 50km event. Another career highlight for Evan was winning the Pan-Am games on home turf in Toronto in 2015 in front of his family and friends.

A graduate of the Kinesiology program at UBC, Evan’s ... Read More

Farhan Lalji

Lalji, who joined TSN in 1997, covers the Canucks, Lions, and Seahawks, as well as other sports stories from around the Vancouver area.

Along with covering the Vancouver sports scene, Lalji has reported from many of the biggest sporting events in North America, including the Stanley Cup Final, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Grey Cup, MLB and NBA All-Star Games, golf’s U.S. Open and PGA Championship, and the 2004, 2006, and 2010 Olympic Games.

Farhan’s passion for sport goes beyond the studio and onto the playing field.

Coach Lalji is entering his 27th year of coaching BC High School Football, his 11th as a varsity head coach. He ... Read More

Hayley Wickenheiser

As one of Canada's great female athletes, Hayley Wickenheiser captained the Canadian Women's Hockey Team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games to a third consecutive Olympic gold medal. With her 16th Olympic goal, scored in a preliminary game against Sweden, Wickenheiser passed former teammate Danielle Goyette as all-time Olympic goal leader. She was a member of both the gold medal teams in Turin, Italy and Salt Lake City, as well as the silver medal team in Nagano, Japan in 1998. She also competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney with the Canadian Softball Team.

"Sport has always played an integral role in my life ... Read More

Photography by Judy Teasdal

Hilary Leith

Hilary began her playing days for Canada during the 2000 year on the national u-19 team on a Wales tour. She got her first Senior Women’s Cap in 2003 at the Nations Cup in Denver where Canada beat England to win the Cup…the first time in history that Canada has beaten the British side. She played for the national side in the Can Am Cup in 2014 where Canada went on to win that championship. She is touring New Zealand with the national team in preparation for the World Cup In August of 2014.

 

Hilary was a former KidSport employee and we welcome her back to the family!

Jon Hameister Ries

Perhaps Team KidSport’s first “renaissance man”, Jon is a man of many talents. His six years with the BC Lions as a lineman culminated in a Grey Cup win in 2011. After his retirement, due to a serious back injury, he spent time with the Lions in a public relations capacity. He has worked of late as a financial advisor with ZLC Financial, but his true passion is in the kitchen, where he is an accomplished chef and restauranteur. He is the owner and founder of Mean Poutine in Vancouver, is about to open Meat City Sandwiches and most recently was eliminated as a contestant on Master Chef Canada. Jon has a passion for helping kids realize their dreams and we welcome him to Team KidSport.

Katelynn Ramage

Katelynn Ramage is a two time Canadian Champion at the 10km race walk and has been on several senior national teams including a 12th place finish at the Pan American Games in Toronto.  She also competed in cross country at Trinity Western University, where she helped the team to back to back Canada West titles and winning their first team medal at nationals.

Katelynn joins Team KidSport as a KidSport recipient as a teenager. “KidSport gave me an opportunity that would have otherwise never been possible,” said Ramage, who grew up in Nanaimo. “Growing up I had friends that played a multitude of sports and I knew ... Read More

Kelsey Serwa

As one of the most recent additions to Team KidSport, Kelsey was born to the slopes. Her grandfather Cliff Serwa was one of the founders of Big White and Kelsey was named to the Womens National Development Team in 2008. Making the switch to Skicross in 2009, Kelsey was named FIS Rookie of the Year on the World Cup tour that year!

She has earned 16 World Cup podium finishes, is two time Olympian and a silver medalist in the Sochi Olympics. She has been World Champion, an X Games gold medalist, and South American Champion in her short career.

She created the KSER Scholarship Fund to assist high school student athletes in her ... Read More

Liz Gleadle

Vancouver born and raised Liz Gleadle is an accomplished track and field athlete, having finished 12th  in javelin at the London Olympics in 2012. After a full year off with a back injury, Liz returned to competition finishing 5th at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She had a first place finish at a prestigious Diamond League event that year and finished 3rd at an IAAF event in Marakesh.She broke her own Canadian record at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Japan in May 2015 and will join a talented Canadian athletics squad at the Pan Am Games in Toronto in August 2015.

Liz Janze

This fulltime athlete and university student has jumped from one ice track, to another. Liz Janze, a local Mission BC athlete, had the world of bobsleigh call her name after she retired from her short track speed skating career at the Calgary Olympic Oval. Now you can find her training to qualify for the National Bobsleigh team. Even though Liz has relocated to Calgary for pursuing the sport and degree, she has not forgotten her Mission roots and the people who supported her to where she is now. She is a representation of the many great coaches and athletic communities in Mission and would not be at this elite level without ... Read More

Maëlle Ricker

Maelle grew up loving physical activity and being outside. She played almost every school sport possible and thanks to her parents, she was able to be in the mountains every weekend at Whistler skiing and snowboarding. Sitting still was never an option. Most of Maelle's time outside of class was spent in organized sport, however she did love exploring the outdoors as well. In the summers the Ricker family went camping and hiking whenever possible. Vacations were almost always spent in the mountains... rarely did they go to hot beach loactions. Now Maelle lives in Squamish and has a puppy named Suggen. She will be ... Read More

Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson is one of the most experienced players on the Men’s National Team. Since making his debut in 2005 he has competed at the highest levels of the sport.

At just 21-years-old, he was the youngest member of the Canadian field hockey team at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games.

Another major highlight came at the 2009 Pan American Cup where Canada beat Argentina in overtime in the semifinal and then United States in overtime in the final to win the gold medal and qualify for the 2010 FIH World Cup.

Pearson and his teammates qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games by way of their fourth place finish at World ... Read More

Mercedes Nicoll

Mercedes Nicoll is the most decorated rider of the Canadian women’s halfpipe team, Nicoll has represented Canada at three Winter Olympic Games; Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. In front of a home crowd in 2010 Nicoll rose to the occasion finishing in sixth place – Canada’s best result in halfpipe for both genders in 2010. Her image was featured on the BC Ferries Coastal Inspiration ferry during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games! Later that year, Nicoll went on to podium at two consecutive World Cup events, and placing 4th at the European X-Games and wrapping up the season ranked fourth in the world. ... Read More

Mike Janyk

Whistler native Mike Janyk competed in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics and has been a member of the Canadian Alpine team since 2000. Known as “Seagull” by teammates for his tendency to steal food off their plates, Mike has a love of sport dating to his childhood when he played tennis, baseball and soccer. He’s an avid golfer in the off season and a big Mariners fan.

Mike and teammate Manny Osborne-Paradis have run a ski camp for kids each off season for the past few years and according to Mike it’s a way for them to give back to the community that has been so supportive of him over the years. Mike is planning to attend the ... Read More

Nikola Girke

Nikola Girke started sailing at the age of 9. Her passion for the sport quickly developed her into an avid racer. In the Laser 2 sailing class, Nikola was a three-time National Youth Sailing Champion, representing Canada at the 1995 Youth Worlds placing fifth and winning the Women's Title at the 1995 Laser 2 Worlds. In 1999, Nikola went on to pursure her goals in windsurfing. While living on Maui, she trained and competed in some of the Professional Windsurfing Association's World Cup Tour. The summer of 2001 was Nikola's first season in the 470 class sailboat and after a successful three year Olympic Campaign in the 470, ... Read More

PC 2854 Byron Capers

Byron was born in Washington, DC. While attending high school, his potential as an athlete was discovered in both football and track and he was recognized as one of the top high school athletes in the United States. Byron received a full scholarship to Florida State University. He was part of the school’s first national football championship, as well as being an All-American in track. He earned his degree in political science and criminology, and was then drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. After being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, Byron decided to try his hand in the CFL, where he played in two Grey Cups before retiring.

Since his football career, Byron has worked in marketing.

Perry Solkowski

The CTV sports anchor for the evening news broadcast has been a KidSport ambassador since his arrival on the BC broadcast scene in 1997. After a stellar soccer career as the captain with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology soccer team while taking his broadcasting diploma, Perry has moved to the coaching ranks with his daughters team. This multi talented athlete also won a provincial bowling title as a precocious 12 year old.

As the creator of Perry’s Prospects, a regular Thursday segment featuring stories about the real joy of amateur sport, Perry believes firmly that all kids should have the chance to play ... Read More

Phil Mack

Phil Mack, born in 1985 in Victoria, BC is a ten year veteran on the Canadian National 7s rugby team. Having competed in two Commonwealth Games, as well as two Pan American Games. Phil has accumulated 959 points on the World Sevens series, making him the Canadian All Time Point Scorer.  One of the biggest highlights of his career was winning back to back Pan American Games Gold medals, with the second being on home soil in Toronto. 

Phil is a proud member of the Toquaht Nation on Vancouver island and Head Coach of Thunder Rugby team, an Aboriginal youth rugby program aimed at providing youth with an active lifestyle.

"I ... Read More

Richard Hortness

Richard Hortness is a two time Olympian (Beijing 2008/London 2012), and has been a member of both Pan Am and Commonwealth Games teams in his career. He holds the Canadian record for the 4 x 50 freestyle relay and in 2007 and 2011 held Canadian 100 metre freestyle records.
Richard joins Team KidSport athlete Emily Brydon as an actual KidSport recipient as a young athlete and is a great example of the important role that KidSport plays.
Richard is recently retired from swimming and is moving into the next phase of his life in Secondary Science education certification. Richard is engaged to another Team KidSport athlete, rower Darcy Marquardt and currently lives in Burnaby.

Tom Mayenknecht

Tom Mayenknecht joins Team KidSport after being a friend of the cause since even before he moved to Vancouver in 1995. The sport business commentator is the founder and host of The Sport Market™ on TEAM 1040 and TSN Radio. Doubling as a marketing communications executive who has specialized in professional and Olympic sport for much of his career, Mayenknecht is a principal in Emblematica Brand Builders. Sport philanthropy is important to him in both roles — he advocates KidSport and other leading charities as a radio commentator and he helps market such causes as part of his work with Emblematica. He played ... Read More

Tommy Europe

As a professional football player, Tommy was a two time all-star as a defensive back in the CFL where his bone crushing tackles earned him a reputation as one of the leagues; hardest hitters. The highlight of his 11 year professional career came in 1994 when he won the Grey Cup as a member of the BC Lions. Tommy also played for the Montreal Alouettes, and finished his career as a Winnipeg Blue Bomber.

Tommy is the no-nonsense drill sergeant and host of the popular fitness shows, "The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp," "Bulging Brides," and Tommy Europe Fitness and is the author of the best selling "Ten Pound Shred." Tommy recognizes ... Read More

Trevor Hirschfield

Trevor is a two time Paralympian and co-captain of Canada's Wheelchair Rugby Team. Having medaled in both Beijing 2008 (bronze) and London 2012 (silver), Trevor has his eyes set on a gold medal in Rio 2016. This two time Athlete of the Year with a Disability award recipient had an amazing 2015. He lead Canada to gold (and a spot in the Rio Paralympics) at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games on home soil. He also played a dominant role in Canada’s gold medal at the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge, causing the team to be ranked #1 in the world for the first time in 13 years.