AthletesCAN Ambassadors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

JACQUELINE SIMONEAU, ARTISTIC SWIMMING 

Years on National Team: 11
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"

 

NIKOLA GONCIN, WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL 

Years on National Team: 11
Favourite Quote: "We are what we repeatedly do, excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
Fun Fact: I am big into snow sports; skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, snowmobiling etc. 

 

LEX ALBRECHT, CYCLING 

Years on National Team: 11
Years on UCI Pro Tour: 9
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.

 

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"

 

TREVOR HIRSCHFIELD, WHEELCHAIR RUGBY 

Years on the National Team: 16 years on the National Team
Career Highlight: 3X Paralympian, Qualified for Tokyo 2020ne
Fun Facts: Father of two, Kohen 2 and Oakley 10months, Turned a storage unit into my gym/court to maintain my training during the lockdown

 

ANNIE GUGLIA, SKATEBOARD

Years on National Team: 0.1 year! We just made official/public our first National Skateboard Team as of March 2020.
Term as Athlete Rep: Dec. 2019 - Dec. 2021 (2nd term)
Career Highlights: Winning the National Champion title for Women’s Skateboard Street for 3 years in a row.
Favourite Quote: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? » I absolutely love Mary Oliver.

 

Victoria Hayward, Softball

Years on National Team: 12
Career Highlight: Qualifying for Tokyo2020 on home soil
Fun Fact: I was the first ever athlete signed to play in the Athlete's Unlimited professional softball league
Motivational Quote: "How you do anything is how you do everything"

 

Joseph Polossifakis, Fencing

Years on National Team: 
Favorite accomplishments: 5 time panam games medalist, and 2016 Olympian
Motivational quote: How you do anything is how you do everything

 

Samuel Pedlow, Beach Volleyball

Years on National Team: national team members since 2010
Career highlight: NORCECA continental champion 2016, Commonwealth  Games Silver Medal
Fun Fact: I have two cats (George Harrison and Penny Lane), and collect vinyl records
Favourite Quote: Courage Not Craft

 

Segun Makinde, Athletics

Years on National Team: 10+
Career Highlights: being named to my 2nd Olympic team 
Favourite Quote: "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity"           

 

Natasha Bodnarchuk, Ski Jumping

Years on the National Team: 4
Career Highlight: Top ten in a Summer Grand Prix in Frenstat, Czech Republic. 
Fun Fact: I LOVE reading! On top of that (and sometimes even more so) I love to talk about books and find out what others are reading. 

 

Neville Wright, Athletics & Bobsleigh

Years on National Team: 15 years (between 2 sports)
Favourite Career Highlight: 

  • Competing at my first Olympics in Canada (Vancouver 2010)
  • 2man World Cup Gold in Whistler
  • World University Games 100m Bronze Medal

Motivational Quote:

  • I Can, I Do, I Will (Neville Wright)
  •  "If There is No Struggle, There is No Progress" Frederick Douglass

 

Jeremy Hall, Para Rowing


Photo: Kevin Light

Years on the national team: 3
Career highlight: The A Final at the 2018 World Rowing Championships. Having started rowing less than a year before, it was only my second international event. Despite the lack of experience relative to the competition, I executed the race well and finished with a silver medal.
Fun fact: I won a Canadian National Para Ice Hockey Championship with Team Alberta prior to rowing.
Favourite Quote: Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness.

 

Scott Gow, Biathlon

Years on the National Team: 9
Favourite Accomplishment: 2018 Olympian, World Championship Bronze Medalist, National Champion
Career Highlight: Sharing the podium with my brother and teammates for our 3rd place in the relay event at the 2016 World Champs
Favourite Quote: I've failed over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan

 

Lanni Marchant, Athletics

Years on National Team: 10