Biathlon BC is proud to announce the eight athletes who will compete for Team BC in biathlon at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

Emile Vogel-Nakamura (Vancouver)
Jarod Algra (Abbotsford)
Arthur Roots (Prince George)
Bobby Kreitz (Prince George)
Emily Dickson (Prince George)
Tekarra Banser (West Kelowna)
Claire Lapointe (Prince George)
Jennah Smailes (West Kelowna)

Coaches:
Glenn Rupertus – (Squamish)
Erica Erasmus – (Vanderhoof)
Rob Swan – Team Manager (Kelowna)
Ron Metza – Wax Tech (Vernon)

“I am honoured to be selected to represent Team BC at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.  I am very much looking forward to competing at my home club against the best athletes in the country,” said Emily Dickson (Prince George).  Living in Prince George, I am able to see the energy that is building in the community as the Games approach, which makes me even more excited to be a part of the event.  After talking to many alumni, I recognize this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for me.”

The team was selected based on the results of two days of competitions at the North American Cup #1 biathlon event in Canmore, Alberta on December 6-7.  Athletes from across BC raced in a Sprint competition and a Mass Start competition, with the top four male and top four female performers earning spots on Team BC.

The BC team athletes will be training with their clubs over the next two months, and participating in two provincial-level biathlon events leading up to the Canada Winter Games:  BC Cup 1 in Quesnel on January 3-4 and BC Cup 2 in Whistler on January 24-25.  At the 2015 Canada Winter Games the biathlon competitions will take place in the first week of the Games, February 13-20, 2015 at the Otway Nordic Centre.

About Biathlon BC
Biathlon BC is the Provincial Sport Organization responsible for biathlon in the province.  The mission of Biathlon BC is to promote and encourage biathlon in all parts of British Columbia as a recreational and competitive sport.  Biathlon BC is a volunteer-driven not-for profit society with 13 member clubs.  For more information visit www.biathlonbc.ca

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.  For more information visit TeamBC.org.

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.

Media Contact:

Clayton Whitman
Administrator
Biathlon BC
604-828-5848
office@biathlonbc.ca

Lia Threlfall
Team BC
Communications Manager
250-812-3887
liat@bcgames.org