MEET YOUR ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE

 

CHRIS DE SOUSA COSTA
KARATE (KUMITE)

Years on National Team: 11
Term as Athlete Rep: Oct. 2017 - Oct. 2020 (4 years)
Rep Highlights: Successful negotiation of bilateral athlete agreement between National Team and NSO.
Career Highlights: 2x Jr. Pan-American Champion, Sr. Pan-American Silver & Bronze medalist, US Open Champion, 2x Commonwealth, Champion, 5th Place Jr. World Championships, 11x Canadian National Champion, 3x North American Champion
Favourite Quote: #KeepEvolving
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LinkedIn: 
http://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisdesousacosta
Twitter & Instagram: @athleticmotion

FELICIA WONG
TENPIN BOWLING

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BRENDA BOWSKILL
SAILING

Years on National Team: 9
Term as Athlete Rep: Jan. 2018 - Jan. 2019 (1 year) 
Rep Highlights: Successful negotiation of bilateral athlete agreement between National Team and NSO.
Career Highlights: 5th at 2017 World Championships, Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year 2017 recipient, 2x Sail Canada Female Athlete of the Year, Olympic Games rep for Rio 2016, Olympic and World Championship record holder for laser radial division.
Favourite Quote: "You can do anything you put your mind to”, “Things worth having in life don’t come easy”, “Balance!” 
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SHAE FOURNIER
WATER POLO

Years on National Team:  10
Term as an Athlete Rep: Nov. 2016 - Nov. 2018 (2 years) 
Career Highlights: A silver medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games; a silver medal at the 2017 World League Super Final and 4th place at the 2017 World Championships. 
Rep Philosophy: I believe it is important for athletes to be surrounded by a supportive community. My goal as an athlete rep is to always be there to support my teammates and fight for a positive environment within our program.
Photo Credit: Canadian Olympic Committee
Contact:https://athletescan.com/sites/default/files/images/imageedit_3_9095549933_0.png 

 

 

CAMILLE BÉRUBÉ
PARA-SWIMMING

Years on National Team: 9
Term as an Athlete Rep: 2013 - Present
Rep Highlights: 2017 AthletesCAN Forum, member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at CPC. 
Career Highlights: Two-time Paralympian (London 2012 & Rio 2016), 3x medallist and Team Captain at the Toronto 2015 Para Pan Am Games
Favourite Quote: "Throw me to the wolves, I'll come back leading the pack." This means that acting as a leader in challenging situations is what motivates me to keep on trying to make a difference for athletes. 
Contact:https://athletescan.com/sites/default/files/images/imageedit_3_9095549933_0.png 

JACQUELINE SIMONEAU
ARTISTIC SWIMMING

Years on National Team: 6
Term as an Athlete Rep: 2016 - 2018 (2 years) 
Rep Highlights: Creating an athletes council and adopting AthleteCAN's athlete contract template.
Career Highlights: Placed 7th in duet at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 2x PanAm Games Gold medallist. Currently ranked 3rd in solo in the 2017 World Series. 
Rep Philosophy: Mens sana in corpore sano 
Contact:https://athletescan.com/sites/default/files/images/imageedit_3_9095549933_0.png 

RYAN RIEHL
ADAPTIVE WAKEBOARD/WATERSKI

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PIERRE-LUC THÉRIAULT
TABLE TENNIS

Years on National Team: 12
Term as an Athlete Rep: 2015 - Present 
Career Highlights: North American Champion 2012 in singles, Bronze medal at the 2015 Panam Games in the Team Events. 
Favourite Quote: "There is no substitute for hard work" - Thomas Edison

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MARILOU DOZOIS-PRÉVOST
WEIGHTLIFTING

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CHRISTINE ROBBINS
PARATRIATHLON

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HEATHER BANSLEY
VOLLEYBALL

Years on National Team: 10
Term as an Athlete Rep: Jan. 2017 - Present 
Career Highlights: 2016 Rio Olympian, 5 World Championship Appearances (2017, 2015, 2013, 2011)
Crédit Photo: Comité olympique canadien
Contact:https://athletescan.com/sites/default/files/images/imageedit_3_9095549933_0.png 

MARTHA MCCABE
SWIMMING

Years on National Team: 8
Term as an Athlete Rep: 2016 - 2020 (4 years) 
Career Highlights: 2x Olympian, 2011 World Championship Medallist
Contact:https://athletescan.com/sites/default/files/images/imageedit_3_9095549933_0.png 

MERCEDES NICOLL
SNOWBOARD

Years on National Team: 18
Term as an Athlete Rep: Oct. 2016 - Oct. 2018 (2 years)
Rep Highlights: Being the first snowboard athletes council in Canada.
Career Highlights: 4x Olympian
Favourite Quote: "Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together" -Marilyn Monroe
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PIA BLAKE
ORIENTEERING

Years on National Team:  5 
Term as Athlete Rep: 2018 - Present 
Career Highlights: Making the A-final at the Junior World Championships 2016, 2nd place in the North American Relay 2018

Rep Highlights: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.", "It is not down in any map; true places never are."

Photo Credit: David Yee
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JESSE WARD
SITTING VOLLEYBALL

Photo Credit: Volleyball Canada

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CATHY OVERTON CLAPHAM
CURLING

Years on National Team: 7
Term as an Athlete Rep: 2015 - Present (3 years)
Rep Highlights: Attending my first forum! 
Career Highlights: World champion and 5x Canadian champion 
Contact:https://athletescan.com/sites/default/files/images/imageedit_3_9095549933_0.png 

MARK HYNES
SHOOTING

Years on National Team: 6
Term as Athlete Rep: Nov. 2018 - Nov. 2019
Career Highlights: Commonwealth Games and Pan Am Games
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JILLIAN DROUIN
ATHLETICS

Years on National Team: 8
Term as Athlete Rep: July 2017 - July 2019 (2nd term)
Rep Highlights: Improving the pregnancy policy in our carding criteria; Strengthening the athlete vote on our National Teams Committee
Career Highlights: 6th at Commonwealth Games 2010 (high jump); Athlete of the Meet, Heptathlon and High Jump Champion at NACAC U23 Championships 2008; Competing in front of a home crowd at Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games
Favourite Quote: "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future" / "Not all who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien (both)
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ALI GHAFOUR
TAEKWONDO

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STEFAN WAPLES
SPEED SKATING

Years on National Team: I represented Canada as a member of the national long track speed skating team for eight years. Specializing in the middle/long distance events early on in my career and transitioning to the team pursuit and mass start events later on in my career. 

Term as Athlete Rep: In 2014 I assumed the role of athlete rep representing long track speed skating in the west. I maintained that role until after my retirement from high performance sport in 2018. After a brief period of no formal responsibilities I took over the role of athlete director on the board of directors for Speed Skating Canada in June of 2018.

Career Highlights: I am proud to have competed in four Olympic trials and to have represented Canada in world cups, and world championship events.  

Rep Philosophy: I struggled to make the national team, I struggled to make world cups, and as a result I was used to fighting for myself. I used the lessons I had learned in fighting for myself to help fight for other athletes and eventually found myself in an athlete rep role. Moving through the sport system, from off the team, to on the team, to an athlete rep and now as a board member I’ve gained a lot of perspective. I’ve realized that everyone who is involved with sport genuinely wants to make it better and it’s the approaches that can be divisive. I to keep this in mind whenever I’m speaking with someone about sport, there are so many perspectives and approaches but the common goal of improving sport is always a constant. I view my role as an athlete director is to try to combine as many of these approaches and perspectives as possible and watch my sport, and all sport improve.

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DANIEL MORRIS
BLIND BOWLS

Years on National Team: 2
Term as Athlete Rep: Sept. 2017 - Sept. 2019 (2 years)
Rep Highlights: Advocating for the inclusion of vision impaired bowlers to compete with and against all other lawn bowlers in Canada.
Career Highlights: Silver and bronze at 2017 Blind World Championships
Favourite Quote: Courage is contagious
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