ATHLETESCAN AMBASSADORS

TEAM LEADS

 

AMBASSADORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIAM SMEDLEY, CANOE (SLALOM)

Years on National Team: 6
Career Highlights: 2017 Canadian National Champion (C2-Mixed Team), Racing the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games finals. 

 

MERCEDES NICOLL, SNOWBOARD (HALFPIPE)

Years on National Team: 20
Career Highlights: 5X National Champion 8 World Cup Podium Finishes, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games 6th , 2010 Euro X Games 4th

 

SAM CORNETT, SQUASH

Years on National Team: 11
Years on PSA World Tour: 10
Career Highlights: Playing in the Women's Doubles final at the TO2015 Pan Am Games, and my best result was a top 16 finish at the World Champaionships.  

 

NIKOLA GONCIN, WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL 

Years on National Team: 10

Favourite Quote: "We are what we repeatedly do, excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
Fun Fact: I am big into snow sprots; skiing, snowbaording, ice fishing, snowmobiling etc. 

 

LEX ALBRECHT, CYCLING 

Years on National Team: 10
Years on UCI Pro Tour: 8
Fun Fact: I love coffee: making it different ways, exploring cities around the world by scouting out their coolest third wave coffeeshops and sharing and comparing techniques, discoveries and experiences with teammates, friends and family. I love riding motorcycles and I am pretty good at fixing stuff! My dream is to learn how to sail one day.

 

ERICA GAVEL, WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

Years on the National Team: 6
Career Highlights: The day I realized a career in wheelchair basketball could be just as meaningful as my stand-up career.
Favourite Quote: “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which under prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant” -Horace

ERICA WIEBE, WRESTLING 

Years on National Team: 12
Career Highlights:  2016 Rio Summer Olympics gold medalist

 

KAREN PAQUIN, RUGBY 

Years on National Team: 7
Career Highlights:  My best rugby memory is when we won the semi final against France during the 15s World Cup in 2014. The stadium was full with 18 000 French fans and a handful of Canadians. The game was tough, physical, intense and by the 80th minute, it was ours. It was a very special moment for us and for women's rugby in Canada.
Favourite Quote: "We play better when we smile"

 

KAILLIE HUMPHRIES, BOBSLEIGH 

Years on National Team: 15
Career Highlights: Receiving my first Olympic gold medal in 2010 Vancouver. Finishing the race and knowing my best was the best in the world. My support structure was amazing and together we preformed at the highest level possible. Very proud moment Standing on the stage in front of a home crowd singing the national anthem.
Favourite Quote: "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or are learning to do."

 

HEATHER BANSLEY, BEACH VOLLEYBALL 

Years on National Team: 11
Career Highlights: Current world ranking: 6, 2016 Rio Olympian (5th Place), 5 World Championship appearances (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) 
Fun Fact: I recently adopted a 3-legged dog, Terry. She comes with me to training everyday. 

 

ALEX GOUGH, LUGE 

Years on National Team: 13
Career Highlights: Bronze at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.
Fun Fact: Avid knitter!

 

TREVOR HIRSCHFIELD, WHEELCHAIR RUGBY 

Years on National Team: 14
Fun Fact: Looking to get my open water diving license int he future and give surfing a try.

 

JACQUELINE SIMONEAU, ARTISTIC SWIMMING 

Years on National Team: 10
Career Highlights: Competing at the Pan Am Games in 2015 in front of a home crowd and qualifying for the Olympics in front of my friends and family was a truly memorable moment in my career. The Olympics in Rio 2016 was also a career highlight and the beginning of my dreams coming true!
Favourite Quote: "Mens sana in corpore sano" / "a healthy mind in a healthy body"

 

ANNIE GUGLIA, SKATEBOARD

Years on National Team: The first National Team will be selected in 2019. I have been competing at the international level for nearly 10 years.
Career Highlights: In 2017, I was the first Canadian woman to be invited to compete in X-Games Skateboard Street and ranked 14th.
Favourite Quote: "Do more of what makes you happy!", "Happiness is a journey, not a destination."