MEET YOUR ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE

 

ALEX-ANNE GAGNON
FREESTYLE SKI

Years on National Team: 5
Term as Athlete Rep: Dec. 2017 - Present 
Career Highlights: Almost qualifying for the Pyeongchang Olympics, but I still got the chance to go there and cheer for my teamates.
Favourite Quote: You can accomplish anything you want if you put all your efforts in.
Photo Credit: Freestyle Canada 
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INA FORREST
WHEELCHAIR CURLING

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KAI LANGERFELD
ROWING

Years on National Team: 7
Term as Athlete Rep: Mar. 2018 - Present
Career Highlights: Competing in the A final at the 2016 Rio Olympics, reaching the podium at the international level, 3 time national champion
Rep Philosphy: My goal as the mens athlete rep is to make sure that the athletes are able to put all of their focus in achieving high levels of success in their daily training and in competition. Keep things simple and positive and focus on the important things that will help the team.
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ANGUS FOSTER
NORDIQ

Term as Athlete Rep: March 2019-2021

Career Highlights: 2x Canadian World Junior/U23 Champion

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MARK PEARSON
COC ATHLETES' COMMISSION

Sport: Field Hockey

Years on National Team: 13

Term on COC Athetes' Commission: 3 Years (Elected to Commission after 2016 Rio Games)

Rep Highlight: Getting to work on the Athletes Commission with a group of amazingly diverse and engaged athletes from across Canada. 

Career Highlight: Qualifying for the 2016 Rio Games in a shootout over New Zealand after missing out on the London 2012 Games.

Favourite Quote: "Don't compare yourself with other people; compare yourself with who you were yesterday."

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CHARLES PHILIBERT-THIBOUTOT
ATHLETICS

Years on National Team: 7 years

Term as Athlete Rep: May 2018- May 2020

Career Highlights: 3rd Pan American Games Toronto 2015, Olympic semi-finalist, 3x National champion

Rep Philosphy: Being an athlete rep is a chance for me to work for the athletes, to make sure that transparency and athlete's rights are at the forefront or our federation's decisions. I also think is it necessary to use this role to enable communication between athletes at large, to make sure they understand what are their rights, and also educate them and give them the tools needed to perform and deal with issues that may come to them. It is also a chance for me to promote and work towards an athlete centered culture in sports at large, and help the sport of athletics in Canada take a stand in global issues like harassment, doping and unfair governance.

Photo Credit: Canadian Olympic Committee

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SEYI SMITH
COC ATHLETES' COMMISSION

Sport: Bobsleigh / Athletics 

Years on National Team: 11

Term on COC Athetes' Commission: 7 years

Rep Highlight: Being a part and being able to speak on behalf of athletes at the first face to face meetings between an Olympic team sponsor and the COC Athlete commission.

Career Highlight: Competing in the 4x100 final at the London 2012 games.

Favourite Quote: "I am pleased, but not satisfied"

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ROB ARMSTRONG
PARA ICE HOCKEY

Years on the National Team: 4 

Term as Athlete Rep: 4 years

Career Highlights: 2017 World Champions, 2018 Paralympic silver medalist 

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ALISON LEVINE
BOCCIA

Years on the National Team: 4 years (ongoing)

Term as Athlete Rep: 2019-2022

Rep highlight: being promoted to co-chair from a regular council position this year 

Career highlights: obtaining and retaining my 4th place world ranking this year. 

Favourite Quote: "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." Nelson Mandela 

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ANNIE GUGLIA
SKATEBOARD (STREET)

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.
Term as Athlete Rep: Dec. 2017 - Dec. 2019 (2 years)
Rep Highlights : I went to Japan in February 2018 for a friendship ties program between Canada and Japan called Kakehashi Project. Along with 9 other Canadian athletes, I visited training facilities, experienced traditional Japanese culture and learned more about Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
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."
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AHMAD ZEIVIDAVI
GOALBALL

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STEPHEN NEVEU
WATER SKI / WAKEBOARD

Years on National Team: 6
Term as an Athlete Rep: Oct. 2017 - October 2019 (2 years)
Rep Highlights: Helped create Athletes Council for WSWC and assisted in creating a revised Waterski National Team structure. 
Career Highlights: 2013 U 21 World Champion; 2016 California Pro AM Champion; 5 Time Canadian National Champion 
  
Photo Credit: Waterski and Wakeboard Canada 
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MARIA SAMSON
RUGBY

Years on National Team: 5 
Term as Athlete Rep: Apr. 2017 - Apr. 2019  (2 years) 
Career Highlights: 
 2015 Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup Silver Medallist, 2013 Colette McAuley Award Winner (On & Off-Field Accomplishments), 2013 Nations Cup Champions, 2012 Women’s XV Rugby Canada Player of the Year
Favourite Quote: “Perseverance can change failure into extraordinary achievement”
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ANTOINE VALOIS-FORTIER
JUDO

Years on National Team: 10
Term as Athlete Rep: 2017 - Present 
Career Highlights: Olympic bronze medalist
Favourite Quote: "Focus on what you want to accomplish instead of what you want to avoid"
Photo Credit: La Presse
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KEVIN EVANS
PARA-ARCHERY

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WHITNEY BOGART
GOALBALL

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CELINA TOTH
DIVING

Years on National Team: 10
Term as Athlete Rep: 2016 - Present
Rep Highlights: Creating the Diver’s promise/commitment to sport, Working with diving Canada’s jr national team, working with KidSportVic and participating in KidsCAN events.
Career Highlights: 2008 First Jr national Championship, First International medal - Bronze Women’s 10m at 2015 Spain Grand Prix, Bronze at 2017, World University Games, finalist at 2016 World Cup Championships, Finalist at 2018 Commonwealth Games
Rep Philosophy: As competitive athletes we strive to be the best of the best and at times this can be a difficult and lonely journey. My journey has definitely not been easy, but what I’ve gained being apart of sport is what I want to share with other sports and future generations of athletes. When competition becomes intense a lot of people forget that we all want the same thing and I’ve learned that you can improve and gain so much more by supporting your teammates and competitors. What I value most from my athletic experience is the support and community I have grown up in. I would not be the person I am today or have accomplished so much without my teammates, competitors, coaches and support staff.
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RYAN STADNYK
LAWN BOWLS

Photo Credit: Bowls Canada 

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MAYA MAC ISAAC-JONES
NORDIQ

Years on National Team: 2
Term as Athlete Rep: Sept. 2017 - Present
Rep Highlights: Successful negotiation of bilateral athlete agreement between National Team and NSO.
Career Highlights: 9x Canadian National Champion, 3x top-40 World Cup
Rep Philosphy: My goals as Athlete Rep are to: 1) Provide a confidential space for athletes to express feedback, 2) Communicate feedback and information between athletes and Cross-Country Canada, and help provide an athlete perspective within the organization, and  3) Increase engagement between the NST and younger athletes in our country.
Photo Credit: Peter Collins Photography
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CHRISTOPHER RUDOLPH
MODERN PENTATHLON

Photo Credit: Pentathlon Canada

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DUSTIN HODGSON
PARA SOCCER

Photo Credit: Canada Soccer

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