Langley, BC – 4,350 athletes will be travelling to Rio to compete in the 2016 Paralympic games, of that Team Canada will be sending a team of 162 athletes. British Columbia is well represented, sending 33 athletes – among these BC athletes, 4 registered with PacificSport Fraser Valley will be competing.

One of PacificSport Fraser Valley’s athletes is Tessa Popoff who is competing in her first Paralympic Games, “I am so excited, and feel like everyone is supporting and encouraging me to be the best I can be for Rio. Not only have I received support from local businesses like Kintec, but from generous family and friends. I feel lucky and proud to have all of these people supporting me. I can’t wait to make them all proud, especially my daughter Ella. I look forward to that first moment when all of us walk out together as Team Canada during the Opening Ceremonies and see everyone, including my family, cheering for us at this once-in-a-lifetime moment that I am so fortunate to experience.”

The other athletes from the Fraser Valley representing Canada at Rio are:

•             Nathan Stein – Men’s Para-Swimming

•             Tyler Mrak – Men’s Para-Swimming

•             Joanie Caron – Cycling – Track, Road

PacificSport Fraser Valley has been supporting athletes in the Fraser Valley from the grassroots level all the way to elite, Olympic level, for over 15 years. Currently, services include strength and conditioning, discounted training apparel, free massages, and more.  

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