Squash athlete Michele Garceau selected as Team BC flag bearer

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(ISN) – After two weeks of action at the 2015 Canada Winter Games including 88 podium performances by B.C. athletes, Team BC is proud to announce that squash athlete Michele Garceau (Surrey, B.C.) has been chosen as the Closing Ceremony flag bearer for Team BC.

A double medalist at the Games, Garceau won the gold medal in the first ever Canada Winter Games squash singles competition and followed that with a silver medal in the team event.

After her singles result on Wednesday she said, “I came into the competition seeded fourth so in my mind, just keeping my seeding would have been a great result. To win the gold, I’m just ecstatic. I don’t know what to think.”

The 18-year-old picked up the sport when she was 11, after some encouragement from her dad, who also plays squash. A few years into her training Garceau recognized she had talent and could see a bright future for herself in the sport.

“I train in North Vancouver and I started to see girls from B.C. going to play at Ivy League schools in the United States and I knew that was something I could do.”

That goal was realized this fall when Garceau became a student at Cornell University, where she is a member of the varsity squash team.

“I am very happy and honoured to represent Team BC as the flag bearer,” said Garceau. “This has been the most ideal set up for squash at the Games with the glass courts and crowds out supporting us. It is a wonderful way to end a great Games.”

It has been a thrilling two weeks of competition with podium performances and personal bests for Team BC.

“We are so proud of the performances of all of our Team BC athletes at these Games,” said Rob Needham, Team BC Chef de Mission. “Michele’s top performances combined with her leadership qualities and spirit of fair play, made her an ideal choice to lead Team BC into the Closing Ceremony.”

The 2015 Canada Winter Games Closing Ceremony will take place on March 1st at 4:00pm at the University of Northern British Columbia.

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