BC and Vancouver Island Well Represented on Canadian Olympic Team


With Files From Canadian Sport Centre Pacific

VICTORIA (ISN) – British Columbia and Vancouver Island will be well-represented on the Canadian Olympic Team with B.C.- connected athletes accounting for 40 per cent of the team and Vancouver Island athletes accounting for 15 per cent.

B.C. Olympians in London will be competing in 22 sports during the Games, which open tomorrow and continue until Aug. 12. There are 110 athletes with a connection to British Columbia on the Canadian Olympic Team. Of those, 67 were born and raised in British Columbia, while the other 43 were born elsewhere, but receive substantial support through the B.C. sport system.

The B.C. contingent at the London 2012 Olympic Games also includes 52 coaches and technical staff, medical and support team members, as well as officials who call British Columbia home.

Victoria triathlete and Olympic gold medallist Simon Whitfield will magnify British Columbia’s presence at the Opening Ceremony. In addition to his role as a competitor, Whitfield has the honour of leading the Canadian Olympic Team as flag-bearer.

“I join British Columbians everywhere in congratulating our Olympic athletes on their tremendous success as high-performance competitors,” noted BC’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Ida Chong.  “We invest substantial amounts of funding into sport in British Columbia – more than $50 million in the next year alone – and we couldn’t be prouder of this group. I wish all our Olympic athletes the very best of luck at the Games.”

Wendy Pattenden, CEO, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, also lauded the success of our BC athletes. “For a province that represents only 13 per cent of our national population, we are proud of the fact that B.C. will be sending 40 per cent of the athletes who make up the 2012 Olympic team.”

“I am proud of the CSC Pacific team of sport science professionals who work together with the athletes, coaches and our sport partners to help win more medals for Canada, as B.C.-based athletes could bring home up to 50 per cent of Canada’s medals in London.”

Here on Vancouver Island, we are sending 41 athletes in total to the games, 32 alone from here in Victoria.   That total represents 15 per cent of the Canadian Olympic team and 37 per cent of the total of 110 BC based athletes heading to the games.

In addition, 10 of the 96 coaches and technical staff and 4 of the 36 medical support staff hail from Victoria.

Quick Facts:

  • · 277 athletes make up the Canadian Olympic Team.
  • · 40 per cent of the athletes representing Canada in London are either born and/or train in B.C.
  • · 96 coaches and technical staff lead the Canadian Olympic Team in London.
  • · 27 per cent of Canadian Olympic coaches and technical staff are from B.C.
  • · 36 medical staff are part of the team supporting the Canadian Olympic Team.
  • · 31 per cent of Canadian Olympic medical support staff are from B.C.
  • · 43 Canadians are working at the London Olympics as international competition officials
  • · 19 per cent of Canadian competition officials are from B.C.
  • · The Canadian Paralympic Committee will name the Canadian Paralympic Team in August.

For Vancouver Island:

  • 32 of 277 athletes are from Victoria = 12% of the Canadian Olympic Team and 29% of the 110 BC-based athletes headed to London
  • 9 of 277 athletes are from Vancouver Island = 3% of the Canadian Olympic Team and 8% of the 110 BC-based athletes headed to London
  • 41 of 277 athletes from all of Vancouver Island = 15% of the Canadian Olympic Team and 37% of the 110 BC-based athletes headed to London
  • 10 of 96 coaches and technical staff are from Victoria = 10% of the Canadian Olympic Team and 39% of the 26 BC-based coaches headed to London
  • 4 of 36 medical support staff are from Victoria = 11% of the Canadian Olympic Team and 37% of the 11 BC-based medical support team headed to London 

Learn More:

Canadian Sport Centre Pacific: http://www.cscpacific.ca/

Canadian Olympic Committee: http://olympic.ca/

For a list of British Columbia-linked athletes on Canadian Olympic Team, visit: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/ministries/community_sport_and_cultural_development/British%20Columbia-linked%20athletes%20on%20Canadian%20Olympic%20Team.pdf

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.