Team BC’s Nicholas Del Bianco (Langley), of the Beach Volleyball team, led the pack as the Flagbearer marching into the Opening Ceremony for the 2011 Kamloops Western Summer Games. He was selected based on his success on the court, in the classroom and at the community level, giving back to the game he loves as a coach and volunteer. His athletic successes have come at the provincial, national and international level, most recently placing 1st at the 18U Nationals in Toronto (2010) and 4th at the U19 World Beach Championships in Portugal (2010).
Upon being selected as Team BC’s Flagbearer, Nick says, "I am very grateful for this opportunity as it becomes a stepping stone in my athletic journey, one that includes Gold at the Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, Gold at the U-21 Worlds in Halifax this August; competing for Gold at the Nationals in Toronto and ultimately, a chance to win Gold at the Olympic Games one day." Further to enhancing his own list of athletic accolades, Nick adds, "It’s also a great honour to lead a group of the best athletes in BC into the Opening Ceremonies. I know that each and everyone of us have all worked so hard and sacrificed so much to be representing our Province in Kamloops."
Nick is coached by Kyra Iannone, an elite athlete herself, who he thanks for not only teaching him his technical volleyball skills, but also many life skills along the way. Teammate, Ben Chow (Surrey) is also a major part of Nick’s success. Nick thanks Ben for "not only competing with [him] but for being there throughout as [they] continue to strive for podium results."
Team BC is delighted to have such a talented star amongst us with a very bright future. We are proud to have had him as our Flagbearer and he looks "forward to meeting all Team BC athletes in Kamloops and will carry the flag with pride."
Check out Nick on the courts here in Kamloops, or at the following upcoming Beach Volleyball events:
2011 Beach Volleyball National Championships, Ashbridges’ Bay, Toronto, Ontario (August 26-28,2011)
2011 SWATCH Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Junior World Championships, Halifax, Nova Scotia (August 30th – September 4th, 2011)
Team BC’s Sara Groenewegen…
Team BC’s Sara Groenewegen (Surrey), of the women’s softball team, recited the Athlete Oath at this evening’s Opening Ceremony. Sara is another one of Team BC’s prized athletes, with many successes at all levels of competition – international, national and provincial. As a type 1 diabetic, she wants to be a role model for all of the young kids who play sports with diabetes to show them to keep doing what they love, no matter what. She represented our team very well tonight infront of all competitors at the Western Canada Summer Games, we are proud to have her as a member of Team BC and excited to see where her athletic career will take her. Check out some of her accomplishments:
International Competition Results 18U Gold Softball Memorial Day Tournament- Gold Medal 18U Gold Softball Hillsboro Oregon Recruiting Tournament
National Competition Results 2010 Bantam A Canadian National Championship – Bronze Medal 2009 Peewee A Canadian National Championships – Gold Medal
Provincial Results 2009 Peewee A Provincial Championships – Gold Medal 2007 Squirt A Provincial Championships – Bronze Medal
Team BC thanks BC Games Society!
Upon arrival, Team BC athletes were wondering how they might carry all of their cool swag, water, snacks, etc. while in Kamloops…..and BC Games Society surprised us all with shoulder bags – a perfect solution!
Athletes, coaches and mission staff would like to give a huge thanks to Kelly Mann, President/CEO of the BC Games Society, for his contribution – these will be a great keepsake for everyone and will no doubt live well beyond these Games! If you’d like to e-mail a personal thank you, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: Women’s Basketball team rockin’ their Team BC retro shades and BC Games shoulder bags!
Team BC Alumnus Composes Games’ Theme Song
Kamloops’ own Kate Morgan wrote and composed the Official Song for the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games, entitled “You Were Made For This”. The lyrics were inspired by Kate’s own experience as a Team BC Athlete. During the Western Canada Summer Games, held in Strathcona County, Alberta in 2007, she and her team mates competed in sprint canoe and won two bronze medals.
Kate’s younger brother, Zachary Morgan (Kamloops), will be competing in the Kamloops 2011 Games, also in sprint canoe.
As for Kate, she has retired her paddle, moved to Vancouver and is focusing on her music career. Kate is well known in Kamloops as an up and coming musical talent. At just 17 years old she performed with Lilith Fair in the summer of 2010 in Calgary and as luck would have it, she was also invited on stage for the finale in Vancouver where she shared the mic with the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Cheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat. Kate’s reaction to her Lilith Fair stint is understandably one of awe, “It was the most incredible experience of my life! I can’t even begin to explain how it felt to spend so much time with all those incredible women”.
Kate performed at the Opening Ceremony and will make several other appearances during the Games, including the Closing Ceremony and our Team BC Pep Rally on Friday, August 10 @ the Upper Field, Tournament Capital Centre. You can check out Kate’s music online at http://www.myspace.com/katealexandramorgan
RELEASE DATE: 8/5/2011
Team BC Medal Count
0 GOLD 0 SILVER 0 BRONZE
What’s Happening Saturday?
Athletics ·13:30 Final – 1500m Female – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·13:45 Final – 1500m Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·13:45 Final – Pole Vault Female – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·13:45 Final – Hammer Throw Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·14:00 100m – Decathlon Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·14:20 Heats – 400m Female – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·14:45 Heats – 400m Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·14:45 Long Jump – Decathlon Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·15:55 Heats – 100m Female – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·16:15 Heats – 100m Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·17:00 Shot Put – Decathlon Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·17:30 Final – Triple Jump Female – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·17:30 Final – Javelin Female – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·18:30 High Jump – Decathlon Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·18:45 Final – 100m Female – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·18:55 Final – 100m Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·19:45 Final – Discus Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·19:45 Final – Triple Jump Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·19:50 Final – 5000m Male – TCC ·20:15 Final – 5000m Female – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·20:40 400m – Decathlon Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium Athletics (Wheelchair) ·15:10 Heats – Athletics 400m Wheelchair Female – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·15:35 Heats – Athletics 400m Wheelchair Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·19:10 Final – Athletics 400m Wheelchair Female – TCC – Hillside Stadium ·19:30 Final – Athletics 400m Wheelchair Male – TCC – Hillside Stadium Baseball ·10:15 BC vs Saskatchewan – Baseball Men – Norbrock Stadium ·16:00 BC vs Alberta – Baseball Men – Canada Games Field Basketball – Mens ·18:00 BC vs Manitoba – Basketball Male – TCC 1 Basketball – Womens ·18:00 BC vs Manitoba – Basketball Female – TCC 2 Softball – Mens ·9:00 BC vs Saskatchewan – Softball Male – Charles Anderson Stadium ·17:00 BC vs Manitoba – Softball Male – Charles Anderson Stadium Softball – Womens ·11:45 BC vs Saskatchewan – Softball Female – Charles Anderson Stadium ·15:00 BC vs Manitoba – Softball Female – Charles Anderson Stadium Tennis ·12:00 BC vs Yukon – Double Wheelchair – Kamloops Tennis Centre ·12:00 BC vs Yukon – Doubles Female – Kamloops Tennis Centre ·12:00 BC vs Yukon – Doubles Male – Kamloops Tennis Centre ·12:00 BC vs Yukon – Doubles Mixed – Kamloops Tennis Centre ·12:00 BC vs Yukon – Single Wheelchair – Kamloops Tennis Centre ·12:00 BC vs Yukon – Singles Female – Kamloops Tennis Centre ·12:00 BC vs Yukon – Singles Male – Kamloops Tennis Centre ·12:00 BC vs Yukon – Team – Kamloops Tennis Centre Triathlon ·10:30 Individual Sprint Final – Triathlon Sprint Female – Lac le Jeune Provincial Park ·12:00 Individual Sprint Final – Triathlon Sprint Male – Lac le Jeune Provincial Park
Team BC Peak Performance Prep
TIP #1: Clear Your Plate It is really important when you are at the games to be able to focus and concentrate on this environment in order to have your best performances. The best way to do this is to be able to turn the outside world off. Cleaning up all you commitments and getting any home based details looked after before you leave for Kamloops is important so you can channel all your energy into the tasks needing attention here. Say good-bye to family and friends and do not make big promises for staying in touch.
SportMED BC Says…
Everyday Tips for Ongoing Success: BeCautious
TRAVELING DURING COMPETITION Traveling between venues can be an overlooked part of your preparation. Here are some ideas to ensure you’re ready to go: • Give yourself extra time when heading to venues – avoid the rush to find a seat on the bus. • Use your time on the bus /vehicle to mentally rehearse your event and competition. • Plan your drinks and snacks accordingly; you don’t want to be stuck with nothing on a lengthy trip.