With less than a month left to go before the Summer Olympic Games kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, local athletes are making their final preparations.
29 current and former University of British Columbia student athletes, who are part of Team Canada’s roster, received a special sendoff from UBC’s newly-appointed president Santa Ono. Another 17 members of the UBC community will be in Brazil as coaches, management, support staff, and medical and paramedical personnel for Team Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.
UBC claims their Rio 2016 contingent is the largest of any Canadian university.
“It’s an honour to wish the athletes, who are able to be here today in the midst of their pre-Olympic training regiment, our very best,” said Ono, sporting his signature bow tie under a Thunderbirds jacket. “Just getting a chance to compete on the world stage is a tremendous achievement. When you consider the training and the academic work our current or former students are putting in, they are already winners. They essentially have two full-time jobs: being a student and also competing at the highest level.”