The Olympics can be a touchy subject. They either inspire national pride or incite political discussion about what role the quadrennial athletic celebration should be playing, how cities should be chosen, etc. That being said, when all the drama is over and the games actually begin, it is hard not to celebrate along with the rest of the nation. We at the Pedaler are no exception, and can’t help but be excited for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics! While the Winter Olympics are typically when Canada tends to shine (a fortunate side-effect of our constant state of winter within which to train), we have our fair share of competitive summer athletes as well. Thanks to our mild climate, Victoria is a popular spot for summer athletes who take advantage of the ability to train outside year-round. Check out our list of Summer Olympians to watch this August with a connection to our awesome city!
Antje von Syedlitz (Rowing) –Originally from Smithers, BC, Antje trained on the University of Victoria rowing team.
Brenden Bisset (Field Hockey) – From Vancouver, BC, Brenden is currently a student at the University of Victoria.
Caileigh Filmer (Rowing) – Born and raised right here in Victoria!
Catharine Pendrel (Cycling – Mountain Bike) – Graduated from the University of Victoria.
Hilary Caldwell (Swimming) – Current student at the University of Victoria.
Hilary Stellingworth (Athletics) – Lives in Victoria and is currently an assistant coach at UVic.
Kai Langerfeld (Rowing) – Trained on the University of Victoria rowing team.
Laura Brown (Cycling – Road and Track) – Graduated from the University of Victoria
Lindsay Jennerich (Rowing) – Born and raised right here in Victoria!
Matthew Sarmento (Field Hockey) – Used to play field hockey for the University of Victoria.
Patricia Obee (Rowing) – Born and raised in Victoria!
Richard Weinberger (Swimming) – Studied at UVic and lived in Victoria
Ryan Cochrane (Swimming) – Born and raised in Victoria, and graduated from the University of Victoria.
If you want to really get into the spirit of the Olympic Games, why not host your own mini-olympics? Do cycling time trials around your own neighbourhood (playing safe, of course), try your hand at kayaking or canoeing, host a backyard three-on-three soccer tournament, anything to get outside and enjoy the rest of summer!
We are certainly to host our own version of the games! Stay tuned to see what the Pedaler Olympics has in store…