MEET YOUR ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE

 

TONY WALBY
PARA-JUDO

Years on National Team: 18 Years on Able-Bodied National Team / 7 Years on Para Judo National Team
Term as Athlete Rep: 2017 - 2021 (4 years)
Career Highlights: 7th place London 2012, 7th place Rio 2016
Rep Philosophy: Enjoy this chapter of your life. When your time as a competitor ends, the next adventure awaits!
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GEOFF KABUSH
CYCLING (MOUNTAIN BIKE)

Years on National Team: 23
Term as Athlete Rep: Oct. 2016 - Oct. 2018 (2 years)
Rep Highlights: Elected Cycling Canada Athletes Council Chair and sitting on Cycling Canada BOD
Career Highlights: 3X Olympian, 15 National Titles, World Cup Win
Favourite Quote: “I’d rather have a clean sport than one with a lot of money in it.”
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KAREN VAN NEST
PARA-ARCHERY

Years on National Team: 9
Term as Athlete Rep: Nov. 2017 - Nov. 2019 (2 years)
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NATASHA BODNARCHUK
SKI JUMPING

Years on National Team: 1
Term as Athlete Rep: Apr. 2017 - Apr. 2019 (2 years)
Rep Highlights: Attending AthletesCAN Forum!
Career Highlights: Top 10 in Summer Grand Prix Czech Republic 2017. Competed in World Championships in Lahti, Finland in 2017.
Favourite Quote: "You always have another chance to make your dreams come true, as long as that is what you still want.”
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MARK ARENDZ
PARA CROSS-COUNTRY SKI
PARA-BIATHLON

Years on National Team: 12
Term as Athlete Rep: 2013 - Present
Career Highlights: 6 medals from the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze), 5 medals from the 2017 World Para-Nordic Skiing World Championships in Finsterau, Germany (2 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze), 2 medals from the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games (1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
Favourite Quote: “How do you move a Mountain? One stone at a time”
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MARK ARENDZ
PARA CROSS-COUNTRY SKI
PARA-BIATHLON

Years on National Team: 12
Term as Athlete Rep: 2013 - Present
Career Highlights: 6 medals from the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze), 5 medals from the 2017 World Para-Nordic Skiing World Championships in Finsterau, Germany (2 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze), 2 medals from the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games (1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
Favourite Quote: “How do you move a Mountain? One stone at a time”
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STACEY WELDON
CLIMBING

Years on National Team: 15
Term as Athlete Rep: May 2018 - May 2022 (4 years)
Rep Highlights: I am the first elected athlete representative for the CEC.
Career Highlights: 12th Place Chongqing World Cup, 2015. 7th Place, Youth Worlds 2002+2004.
Favourite Quote: As I transition out of my role as a competitive climber, I am excited to stay involved in the competition climbing world as the CEC’s first elected athlete representative.  I am looking forward to a lot of positive change within our organization over the next few years, and am excited for climbing’s debut in the 2020 Olympics.
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ALEX-ANNE GAGNON
FREESTYLE SKI

Years on National Team: 5
Term as Athlete Rep: Dec. 2017 - Present 
Career Highlights: Almost qualifying for the Pyeongchang Olympics, but I still got the chance to go there and cheer for my teamates.
Favourite Quote: You can accomplish anything you want if you put all your efforts in.
Photo Credit: Freestyle Canada 
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KAI LANGERFELD
ROWING

Years on National Team: 7
Term as Athlete Rep: Mar. 2018 - Present
Career Highlights: Competing in the A final at the 2016 Rio Olympics, reaching the podium at the international level, 3 time national champion
Rep Philosphy: My goal as the mens athlete rep is to make sure that the athletes are able to put all of their focus in achieving high levels of success in their daily training and in competition. Keep things simple and positive and focus on the important things that will help the team.
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ANNIE GUGLIA
SKATEBOARD (STREET)

Years on National Team: The first National Team will be selected in 2019. I have been competing at the international level for nearly 10 years.
Term as Athlete Rep: Dec. 2017 - Dec. 2019 (2 years)
Rep Highlights : I went to Japan in February 2018 for a friendship ties program between Canada and Japan called Kakehashi Project. Along with 9 other Canadian athletes, I visited training facilities, experienced traditional Japanese culture and learned more about Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
Career Highlights: In 2017, I was the first Canadian woman to be invited to compete in X-Games Skateboard Street and ranked 14th.
Favourite Quote: "Do more of what makes you happy!", "Happiness is a journey, not a destination."
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MARIA SAMSON
RUGBY

Years on National Team: 5 
Term as Athlete Rep: Apr. 2017 - Apr. 2019  (2 years) 
Career Highlights: 
 2015 Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup Silver Medallist, 2013 Colette McAuley Award Winner (On & Off-Field Accomplishments), 2013 Nations Cup Champions, 2012 Women’s XV Rugby Canada Player of the Year
Favourite Quote: “Perseverance can change failure into extraordinary achievement”
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ANTOINE VALOIS-FORTIER
JUDO

Years on National Team: 10
Term as Athlete Rep: 2017 - Present 
Career Highlights: Olympic bronze medalist
Favourite Quote: "Focus on what you want to accomplish instead of what you want to avoid"
Photo Credit: La Presse
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CELINA TOTH
DIVING

Years on National Team: 10
Term as Athlete Rep: 2016 - Present
Rep Highlights: Creating the Diver’s promise/commitment to sport, Working with diving Canada’s jr national team, working with KidSportVic and participating in KidsCAN events.
Career Highlights: 2008 First Jr national Championship, First International medal - Bronze Women’s 10m at 2015 Spain Grand Prix, Bronze at 2017, World University Games, finalist at 2016 World Cup Championships, Finalist at 2018 Commonwealth Games
Rep Philosophy: As competitive athletes we strive to be the best of the best and at times this can be a difficult and lonely journey. My journey has definitely not been easy, but what I’ve gained being apart of sport is what I want to share with other sports and future generations of athletes. When competition becomes intense a lot of people forget that we all want the same thing and I’ve learned that you can improve and gain so much more by supporting your teammates and competitors. What I value most from my athletic experience is the support and community I have grown up in. I would not be the person I am today or have accomplished so much without my teammates, competitors, coaches and support staff.
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KELLEIGH RYAN
FENCING

Years on National Team: 10
Term as Athlete Rep: Sept. 2016 - Present
Rep Highlights: Starting the first Canadian Fencers Athlete Council
Career Highlights: Team Gold Pan Am Games 2015, Ind Gold Copenhagen Satellite World Cup 2015, Ind Gold Dallas North American World Cup 2016
Favourite Quote:  "I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan
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MAYA MAC ISAAC-JONES
CROSS-COUNTRY SKI

Years on National Team: 2
Term as Athlete Rep: Sept. 2017 - Present
Rep Highlights: Successful negotiation of bilateral athlete agreement between National Team and NSO.
Career Highlights: 9x Canadian National Champion, 3x top-40 World Cup
Rep Philosphy: My goals as Athlete Rep are to: 1) Provide a confidential space for athletes to express feedback, 2) Communicate feedback and information between athletes and Cross-Country Canada, and help provide an athlete perspective within the organization, and  3) Increase engagement between the NST and younger athletes in our country.
Photo Credit: Peter Collins Photography
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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

PIERRE-LUC LALIBERTÉ
CANOE/KAYAK

Years on National Team: 11
Term as Athlete Rep: 2015 - Present 
Rep Highlights: I am the Chair of our Athlete Council and this year, we will be working on a review of our Athlete Agreements, work on streamlining feedback mechanisms, and developing better information packages for athletes who made the national team. Furthermore, I will be working to increase recognition to our athletes across disciplines.
Career Highlights: 2 X World Cup Silver Medalist (C2 200m, C4 200m) 2016 Olympic Trials Silver Medalist  (C1 200m) 8th Junior World Championships (C4 1000m) Winner of CanoeKayak Canada Fair Play Award
Rep Philosophy: What drives me as an athlete representative is to ensure my fellow athletes have the right environment to perform while they are in sport, and leave the sport feeling like they were valued and want to give back to the sport community.
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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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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. 
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JACQUELINE SIMONEAU
SYNCHRONIZED 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 
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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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