We often refer to the Canada Games as a big family. Whether you’re an athlete, coach, manager or official, being part of the Games creates a unique bond. The second week of the Canada Summer Games takes this bond a steph further with a number of siblings competing for Team BC.
Athletics has the largest contigent of family ties with three groups of siblings. The men’s 400 m and 4 x 400 m relay events will see, Coquitlam’s Benjamin Ayesu-Attah while his sister, Esinam Ayesu-Attah, will be representing BC in the women,s 200m, 4 x 400m relay and 4 x 100m relay events.
Kathryn van Ryswyk is competing in the women’s 100m hurdles, 4 x 100m relay and pole vault events. Her brother Riley will be competing in the pole vault event on the men’s side.
Brothers James and Rostam Turner from Kelowna are competing against each other in decathlon this week. They both finished first in their 100 m heat this morning and are hoping to climb the podium at these Games.
Team BC beach volleyball also brought the fam. Twins Megan and Nicole McNamara from Delta just turned 16 and have been making their mark in the beach volleyball world, winning a number of championships in the last couple of years, including 2012 U18 Beach Volleyball Nationals. We’re keeping an eye on them this week!
Rowing’s Aaron and Maxwell Lattimer from Delta and Ellen and Katherine Gleadow from Vancouver are also attending the Games as a family. They’ll be looking to score some hardware this week at Lac Magog.
Rounding up the sibling count are Vancouver’s Carsten and Elsabet Lapointe. Both are competing in triathlon and hope to represent BC to the best of their ability – maybe even bringing home a few medals.