Olympian Kelsey Serwa named Honourary Team BC Captain


Olympian Kelsey Serwa named Honourary Team BC Captain for the 2015 Canada Winter Games

(ISN) – Olympian and Team BC alumna, Kelsey Serwa, has been named the Honourary Team BC Captain for the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

A member of Team BC at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Serwa won gold in alpine skiing. She transitioned to the emerging sport of ski cross in 2009, quickly leading her to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In 2011, she won both the X Games and World Championship and then battled back from injuries to culminate with an Olympic silver medal at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

“I am thrilled to be part of Team BC again. It was a real eye-opener for me to attend the Canada Games in 2007 and I remember the pride I felt representing my province. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with the 2015 athletes and cheering on Team BC to a fantastic performance!”

Serwa is a proud British Columbia athlete. She started skiing almost as soon as she could walk at Big White, the resort that her grandfather co-founded near Kelowna. Her first multi-sport Games experience was the 2002 BC Winter Games in Williams Lake and from there she was a member of BC Alpine Provincial Teams and the Alpine Canada National Development Team.

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Kelsey Serwa on being named Honourary Team BC Captain. What a fitting tribute for someone who is such a tremendous ambassador for our province and our youth,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

Serwa knows first-hand what the athletes will be experiencing as they prepare for this important multisport games on home soil.

“Many of Canada’s greatest athletes have started on their path to success as a part of Team BC,” said Rob Needham, Chef de Mission for Team BC. “Having an accomplished athlete like Kelsey as part of our team will inspire and motivate our Team BC athletes and coaches at the 2015 Games.”

Serwa will be involved with Team BC leading up to and during the Games and will share her journey and experiences with the athletes to help motivate them to have their best performances at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

About Team BC
Team BC brings together the best athletes, coaches, managers, and mission staff to represent British Columbia at the Canada Winter Games, Canada Summer Games, and Western Canada Summer Games. Team BC will send a dedicated team of 350 to the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, February 13 to March 1, 2015.

About the Canada Winter Games
The Canada Games are a national multi-sport competition with participation from every province and territory in Canada. The Games are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer and are a key step in the development of Canada’s amateur athletes. The 2015 Canada Winter Games will be held in Prince George, bringing together approximately 3,300 athletes, coaches, and managers from every province and territory to compete in 19 sports.