There's a large contingent of athletes and coaches from Waterloo Region that will represent Ontario at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.
19 sports will be part of this year's games which run from February 15 to March 3.
Here is a look at the local athletes and coaches who made the trip out west:
- Sarah Hunt - cross country skiing (Waterloo)
- Eric Millar - figure skating (Kitchener)
- Lily Wilberforce - figure skating (Waterloo)
- Owen Brawley - figure skating (Waterloo)
- Sydney Embro - figure skating (Waterloo)
- Aidan Wright - figure skating (Kitchener)
- Janna Griffioen - ringette (Waterloo)
- Maddie MacLean - ringette (St. Jacobs)
- Tatum Allen - ringette (Kitchener)
- Claudia Heeney - speed skating (Waterloo)
- Dylan Deverill - squash (Cambridge)
- Sam Orend - table tennis (Kitchener)
- YingLi Hou - artistic swimming coach (Waterloo)
- Dean DeSilva - hockey coach (Ayr)
- Geoff Haddaway - hockey coach (Cambridge)
- Sheri Markle - ringette coach (Waterloo)
- Julie Byers - speed skating coach (Kitchener)
Even though the games opened Friday, competition actually doesn't get underway until Saturday.
Team Ontario is led by Jennifer Bennett, who resumes the role of Chef de Mission for her second consecutive Canada Games. "I am honoured to once again lead a talented and committed Team Ontario at the Canada Games," Bennett said in a release. "Our goal is that Team Ontario members perform to the best of their ability while upholding Team Ontario values. By doing so, I am confident that our team will have many standout performances, personal bests and podium finishes."
Niagara Region will host the Summer Games in 2021.
WHAT A NIGHT TEAM O! ??????— Team Ontario (@GoTeamOntario) February 15, 2019
A special thank you to the Hon. Minister @MichaelTibollo of @ExploreON for joining our Week 1 Team Ontario pep rally at the @2019CanadaGames in @CityofRedDeer ??????#GoTeamO #ThisIsOurMoment#CanadaGames #CWG2019 pic.twitter.com/o7yVRzhELQ