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Sixteen figure skaters named to Team BC for the Canada Winter Games

Wed, 6 Feb 2019

Burnaby, BC –Sixteen B.C. Figure Skaters from seven clubs have qualified for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Team BC will compete at the Games in Red Deer this February. The athletes were named to the team following the conclusion of the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick last week.

Novice Men entry Wesley Chiu (Richmond), leads the team to the games after recently winning the Canadian Novice Men’s Title in Saint John. David Li (Richmond) leads the Pre-Novice skaters to Red Deer. Li is considered a medal favorite after winning the silver medal in Pre-Novice Men at the Skate Canada Challenge Event in December in Edmonton.

Novice Women entry, Emily Millard(North Vancouver), leads the women to the games after winning the bronze medal in the Novice Women Event at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

Novice Ice Dancers, Kiera Kam (Burnaby) and Mathew Carter (Langley) are heading into the Games  coming off of a strong season so far, including winning the Silver Medal in the Novice Dance Event at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Saint John.

Rounding out the Figure Skating Team are four Special Olympic Figure Skating entries. Jeff Leung (Vancouver) and Eric Pahima (Vancouver) will compete in Special Olympics Level II Men, Jennifer Utendale (Surrey) is the entry in Special Olympics Level II Women and Kari Trott (Port Alberni) is the entry in Special Olympics Level III Women.

The coaching staff will consist of Aaron Lowe (Vancouver, BC) and Keegan Murphy (North Vancouver). The Special Olympics Figure Skating Coach is Jessica Chapelski (Vancouver) and the Figure Skating Team Manager is Joan Omasta (Kamloops).

The Canada Games are the premier multi-sport competition in the country. Twice every four years the provinces and territories come together for this two week event (Canada Summer and Winter Games). The 2019 Canada Winter Games are taking place from February 14 to March 3 in Red Deer, AB. The Figure Skating competition takes place during the second week of the games.

Team BC is comprised of the following athletes (Athlete’s clubs and hometowns are in brackets):

Pre-Novice Women
Maho Harada (Connaught SC, Surrey)
Emily Sales (Kelowna SC, Kelowna)

Pre-Novice Men
David Li (Connaught SC, Richmond)
Brendan Wong (Champs ISC of BC, Burnaby)

Novice Women
Vienna Harwood (Kelowna SC, West Kelowna)
Emily Millard (Champs ISC of BC, North Vancouver)

Novice Men
Wesley Chiu (Connaught SC, Richmond)
Shuma Mugii (Champs ISC of BC, Vancouver)

Novice Dance
Kiera Kam(Inlet SC, Burnaby) & Mathew Carter(Champs ISC of BC, Langley)

Pre Novice Dance
Hailey Yu (Inlet SC, Burnaby) & Brendan Giang (Champs ISC of BC, Burnaby)

Special Olympics Level II Women
Jennifer Utendale (North Surrey SC, White Rock)

Special Olympics Level II Men
Jeff Leung (Sunset SC, Vancouver)
Eric Pahima (Sunset SC, Vancouver)

Special Olympics Level III Women
Kari Trott (Mt. Arrowsmith SC, Port Alberni)

For many athletes, the Canada Games are the stepping-stone to significant international competitions. Past Games have featured future Olympians such as: Marianne St-Gelais (speed skating), Sidney Crosby (hockey), Eugenie Bouchard (tennis), Steve Nash (basketball), Brian Orser (figure skating) and Hayley Wickenheiser (hockey & softball).

For further information please contact:

Courtney Lott
Skate Canada (BC/Yukon)
(B) (604) 205-6960
email: courtney [at] skatinginbc [dot] com