Lethbridge, Alberta: Four athletes and one coach with a Lethbridge connection will represent Canada and one athlete representing the Netherlands at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games beginning July 23, 2021. They will join 371 athletes and 131 coaches; the largest delegation Canada has sent to an Olympic Games since Los Angeles in 1984.
This is the second time the Olympic Games will be hosted by Tokyo Japan, which previously welcomed 5,151 athletes in 1964. The 2020 Games will welcome almost double that number of athletes at 11,090.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will officially start on Friday July 23rd and continue until Sunday August 8th. While Larry Steinke, Liz Gleadle, and Kayla Moleschi are experienced Olympians representing Canada in their fifth, third, and second Games respectively, Jillian Weir, Keyara Wardley, and Ross Bekkering are rookies.
“The Olympics are a time for the very best to shine and be recognized. We are so proud of all of Canada’s Olympians, especially those with Lethbridge connections," said Neil Langevin, University of Lethbridge Pronghorn Athletics. "A special pride comes in congratulating Larry Steinke on attending his fifth Olympics as a coach, this is an incredible accomplishment. His work with athletes in Canada and in our Pronghorn Athletics program has been notable. He is truly a world leader and has directly impacted Liz and Jillian. Having coached Kayla as a Pronghorn, my heart will be wishing her well in her bid to get a second Olympic medal. While Keyara went straight to the National team I have followed her progress and know that many Canadians will see her incredible talents on display in Tokyo.”
Susan Eymann Lethbridge Sport Council executive director said, “There is already excitement in the air as local children and youth return to sport. How inspiring for our young athletes to have these five exceptional people with ties to Lethbridge represent Canada on the Olympic stage.”
Michelle Day Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden executive director said, “Nikka Yuko will be displaying George Gemer’s 1964 Tokyo memorabilia and have ongoing performances of the Tokyo Olympic Dances by the Minyo Dancers.
"Lethbridge has a strong and proud sporting history and it's a passion in which many residents take great joy and pride," says Lethbridge Mayor, Chris Spearman. "It's wonderful to see that history being continued at the very highest level on the world stage and we wish them all the very best of luck in Tokyo!"
Communication Manager, Lethbridge Sport Council
Executive Director, Lethbridge Sport Council