Team Canada’s Olympic roster is set and there are 15 representing the province of Alberta out of the 264 athletes representing our nation.
Does that total seem rather low to you? That is only 5.7% of the total athletes representing Canada are Albertan. Should we be sending more? Possibly, but for now let’s celebrate the Albertans who are going.
Out of the 15, seven are from Calgary.
Kayaker Mark de Jonge has probably the best chance to medal. He finished in sixth place at the 2011 World Championships in the men’s 200m. De Jong will be joined by gymnast Nathan Gafuik, badminton player Grace Gao, track athlete Akeem Haynes, cyclist Monique Sullivan, swimmer Jillian Tyler (women’s 100m breaststroke), and Michael Tayler in kayaking slalom.
Edmonton will be represented by four athletes– triathlete Paula Findlay, men’s platform diver Eric Sehn, women’s basketball player Michelle Plouffe and women’s soccer goalie Erin McLeod of St. Albert.
Others are two hammer throwers from Lethbridge–Jim and Heather Steacy, (who are brother and sister), epee fencer Sherraine Schalm from Brooks (2005 World Championship bronze medallist), and freestyle swimmer Richard Hortness from Medicine Hat.
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