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AthletesCAN celebrates Board members competing at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games following 30th anniversary

Board members at Commonwealth Games

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to celebrate four of its Board members will be competing at the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games that begin this week.

Para swimmer Camille Bérubé, Vice President and wheelchair basketball player Robert “Bo” Hedges, diver / secretary Celina Toth, and lawn bowler / treasurer Rob Law will all be representing Team Canada when the Games open Thursday, July 28 in Birmingham, U.K.

The quartet gives AthletesCAN a significant presence at the Games among the delegation of 273 athletes assembled by Commonwealth Sport Canada ahead of Thursday’s Opening Ceremony – following the organization’s milestone 30th anniversary last Wednesday, dating to its founding on July 20, 1992.

“We are thrilled to have Camille, Bo, Celina and Rob competing at the Commonwealth Games on behalf of AthletesCAN. With our recent 30th anniversary, it is a fitting time for our Board to showcase their athletic talents on the international stage, while continuing to serve the athlete voice on behalf of all our members.”

Erin Willson - AthletesCAN President, London 2012 Olympian in Artistic Swimming

Bérubé (Gatineau, Que.) heads into the Commonwealth games as a three-time swimming Paralympian, having represented Canada in London, Rio and Tokyo across multiple disciplines. She has also competed at five World Championships (2009, 2010, 2013, 2019, 2022), in addition to the 2015 Para Pan American Games in Toronto.

Hedges (Wonowon, B.C.) serves as captain of Canada’s wheelchair basketball team. A four-time Paralympian, he captured a gold medal at London 2012 and a silver medal at Beijing 2008. He also represented Canada at the last four Para Pan American Games and a pair of World Championships.

Toth (Victoria, B.C.) will be looking to improve on her ninth-place finish in the 10m platform from the 2018 Commonwealth in Gold Coast, Australia. The lone Board member with past experience at the event, Toth also made her Olympic debut last summer in Tokyo.

Law (Winnipeg, Man.) has been a member of the senior national lawn bowls team since 2018. In his second year, he won a pair of bronze medals at the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships in the pairs and fours disciplines.

All national team athletes nominated for the Commonwealth Games are eligible for AthletesCAN membership, by joining #TheCollective today.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games run from July 28 – August 8CBC Sports will provide exclusive Canadian broadcast and streaming coverage, featuring six daily streaming feeds of the competitions available on CBC Gemcbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, and up-to-the-minute news across CBC Sports digital and social media platforms.

Daily updates of the event can also be found on commonwealthsport.ca and the Commonwealth Sport Canada digital channels.

About Commonwealth Sport Canada

Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) is the franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth sport movement in Canada. CSC is an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community and supports Canada’s athletes to achieve excellence at Olympic, Paralympic Games, and world championships. The mission of CSC is to enrich the lives of youth across the Commonwealth and host the Commonwealth Games. CSC is responsible for all aspects of Canada’s participation in the XXII Commonwealth Games and will be sending a team of almost 400 of Canada’s best athletes and coaches to compete for Canada. The upcoming Games will occur in Birmingham, England from July 28 through to August 8, 2022. For additional information go to: www.commonwealthsport.ca

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN and Join #TheCollective today.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

Patrick Kenny
Communications Team Leader
Team Canada 2022
613-724-7160
patrick@commonwealth.ca