Local athletes make it to Rio with help from Langley-based support program

Several Fraser Valley athletes at the Rio Games are connected to a Langley program.

Daniel Jansen VanDoorn

Team Canada is sending 313 athletes to the upcoming Olympic in Rio, including locals such as Daniel Jansen VanDoorn.

Among these B.C. athletes, nine registered with PacificSport Fraser Valley will be competing. One of PacificSport Fraser Valley’s athletes is Team Canada’s youngest member, Shallon Olsen, who just turned 16 in July and will be competing in artistic gymnastics.

“The games are a once in a lifetime experience and I want to enjoy it and soak it all in the best I can,” she said. “Being the youngest on the team is somewhat an advantage for me in my opinion because you have younger bones, younger everything making it easier for you to flip around.”

The other athletes from the Fraser Valley representing Canada at Rio are:

– Adam Froese, men’s field hockey

– Daniel Jansen VanDoorn, men’s volleyball

– Devohn Texeira, men’s field hockey

– Jagdish Gill, men’s field hockey

– Kim Gaucher, women’s basketball

– Lisa Roman, women’s rowing eight

– Mike Mason, men’s high jump

– Sukpahl Pensar, men’s field hockey

PacificSport Fraser Valley has been supporting athletes in the Fraser Valley from the grassroots level all the way to elite, Olympic level, for over 15 years.

“PacificSport is very proud to work with so many great community partners in supporting our athletes on their way to the Olympic Games” noted Jared Kope, executive director of PacificSport Fraser Valley. “This is a time to celebrate these athletes’ hard work and dedication, but also to celebrate the community collaboration and B.C. sport system. Athletes, you have the Valley, province, and nation cheering you on.”

Currently, PacificSport Fraser Valley high performance services include strength and conditioning services, sport education workshops, free access to fitness centres, free massages, discounted training apparel, and more.

A legacy of the 1995 Western Canada Summer Games, PacificSport Fraser Valley is a not-for-profit regional sport hub providing athlete, coach, and community sport services in the Fraser Valley.

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