Sports

Olympic heroes getting sendoff

The region’s Olympians are preparing to go up against the best in the world, and maybe Nanaimo can help give them an Olympic-sized sendoff. PacificSport, a provincial sports body, is organizing an event called Liftoff to London this Thursday (June 21) at Diana Krall Plaza.

Current and former Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be there to meet fans, and people will be encouraged to scrawl well-wishes on Canadian flags that will be sent to London.

Nanaimo swimmer Tommy Gossland and Nanoose high jumper Mike Mason will be competing in the Olympics and Nanaimo rower Tony Theriault and Nanoose wheelchair racer Michelle Stilwell will be competing at the Paralympic Games.

Other mid-Island athletes going to London are Comox distance runner Cam Levins, Parksville wheelchair rugby player Trevor Hirschfield and Duncan wheelchair basketball player Richard Peter.

“These athletes have accomplished so much already and are such an inspiration to our society especially in their local towns,” said Drew Cooper, PacificSport GM, in a press release.

Thursday’s event starts at 11 a.m.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Children in poverty: Community gives kids a place to play
 
Children in poverty: Breakfast programs help children focus on school
 
Police searching for missing townhouse complex manager
BEAUTIFUL YOU: Spring style: what you need now
 
Uchucklesaht to start construction in February
 
ICBC blocking record 25,000 drivers for Port Mann toll evasion
Cyclists question safety of bike and transit lane
 
This and That, January 21
 
Sooke says goodbye to a special food icon

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event




Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.