Team Kidsport

Alexa Loo

Alexa Loo is an eight time national champion and two time Olympian in the snowboard parallel giant slalom event. She represented Canada in Torino, Italy, making history as the first Canadian woman to compete in the event for Canada. She then went on to compete at home in the Vancouver 2010 games where she placed 12th. As an 11 year veteran of the national snowboard team, Alexa was a pioneer in the sport, being the first Canadian woman to make a World Cup final and the first to reach a World Cup podium. She has 3 world cup podiums (one silver and 2 bronze), 11 Continental Cup wins and 22 Continental Cup podiums.

Alexa retired ... Read More

Caroline Cameron

Born and raised in Toronto, Caroline Cameron is a Canadian television sportscaster for Sportsnet. She currently lives in Toronto and co-anchors the National late night/morning edition of Sportsnet Central with Carly Agro. From February 2014 to March, 2016, she lived in Vancouver and co-anchored the National morning edition of Sportsnet Central with James Cybulski.  During her time with Sportsnet, Cameron has covered a wide range of live events as a reporter. An avid tennis player, Cameron lists covering the 2016 Wimbledon final between Milos Raonic and Andy Murray as a career highlight. Cameron has loved sports since ... 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 12 year member of the national team, Denny also competed in the 2006 Torino Games and 2014 Sochi Games, tallying up 4 Olympic medals over his career. Denny’s shared story with Gilmore Junio during 2014 is a shining example of teamwork and selflessness by Junio, when he gave up his Olympic spot in the 1000m competition to Denny, which lead to an Olympic Silver medal win for Canada!

Denny has always been a big believer in the values that sport brings to a child and helps them develop strong, smart habits that ... Read More

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."

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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 ... Read More

Harry Jones

Harry Jones grew up in West Vancouver attending Rockridge Secondary School and completing his business degree at the University of British Columbia. 

Jones has been representing Canada on the international rugby scene since he was 16, when his first opportunity to wear the maple leaf was as part of the U-17 Canadian Team. His first international appearance, or cap, for the Men's National 7's team in came in 2008 (Wellington 7's Tournament) and his debut with the Men's National 15's team was in 2012 (vs. Russia). 

Career highlights include winning Gold at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games in front of a home crowd, being a ... Read More

Hayley Wickenheiser

Five-time Olympic medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world with an uncompromised determination and dedication to her sport. However, it’s not just her lethal slapshot that is respected by her teammates, fans and peers; Hayley is also an award winner, community leader, mentor, history-maker and an accomplished businesswoman.

It all started at age 15 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan when Hayley was chosen for the Canadian Women’s National Team. She has since led the squad to six gold and one silver medal at the Women’s World Hockey Championships. As an ... 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 and Meat City Sandwiches in Vancouver and most recently was eliminated as a contestant on Master Chef Canada. Jon has a passion for helping kids realize their dreams and is a welcome addition 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 a 2-time Olympic Javelin thrower. She placed 12th in London 2012, 16th in Rio 2016, and is the 2015 Pan American Games Gold Medalist.  She has also been a finalist at the Commonwealth Games and World Championships. Between her 8 weekly throwing and lifting sessions, Liz researches ways to improve her performance and health through nutrition, habits, and biohacks. Follow Liz on Twitter and Instagram!

Maëlle Ricker

Maëlle Ricker went to her fourth Olympic Games at Sochi 2014 as the defending Olympic champion in ladies’ snowboard cross, but also with a cast on her left wrist after breaking it during a training accident on January 28. She went on to finish 21st, after falling in the quarterfinals.

Ricker put her name in the history books at Vancouver 2010 as the first Canadian woman to ever win Olympic gold on home soil. Ricker finished first in both her quarterfinal and semifinal to advance to the Big Final where she gained a comfortable lead early and crossed the line for an easy victory.

Maelle grew up loving physical activity ... 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. A three-time National Champion, a 5th place at the 1995 Youth Worlds and winning the Women's Title at the 1995 Laser 2 Worlds inspired Nikola to dream of the Olympics. However, in 1999, Nikola went on to pursure her passion and goals in windsurfing, moving to Maui. She trained and competed in some of the Professional Windsurfing Association's World Cup Tour, before she was recruited back to sailing.

The summer of 2001 was Nikola's first season in the 470 class sailboat and after a successful three year ... 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

Perry Solkowski is a multi-award-winning sports broadcaster, spending 18 years at the anchor desk at CTV Vancouver. Perry spent years traveling as host of the Vancouver Canucks telecast, and still works sidelines for TSN for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Major league soccer broadcast. However, it's his focus on amateur sports that has set him apart in his industry.

As the creator of “Perry's Prospect”, his unique look at kids involved in sports. The heartwarming stories focused on kids giving it their all, making friends and learning invaluable life skills alongside their sports skills. Perry has watched some of his ... 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 has been a friend of KidSport 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 leadership roles in the ... 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.