Chilliwack sends two athletes to 2019 Canada Winter Games

The Games run Feb. 15 to March 3 in Red Deer Alberta.

The full list of athletes and coaches representing B.C. at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Two Chilliwack athletes are making the trek to Red Deer, Alberta.

Ben Hagkull will play in the wheelchair basketball tournament. Nine provinces are involved. Hagkull’s Team B.C. is in pool A alongside Alberta, Ontario, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Pool B includes Manitoba, New Brunswick, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

Hagkull’s crew opens Feb. 17 against Alberta and results will be available online here.

Kate Klassen will play in an eight team female hockey tournament.

The pools are identical to wheelchair basketball, minus Newfoundland, which isn’t sending a team.

Klassen and company open Nov. 24 against Alberta and results can be found here.

Two Chilliwackians, Alana See and Carl Niehhuis, are listed as ‘mission staff,’

According to the Team B.C. website, ‘mission staff are volunteers that are selected from experts in the sport, recreation, health services and communications sectors to provide support to the provincial sport organizations, athletes, coaches and managers leading up to and during the Canada Games. Mission staff provide support in the areas of operations, performance services, sport management, and communications. The mission staff team works to minimize distractions to ensures that athletes, coaches, and managers can optimize their performances and enhance their overall experience at the Games.’

The Games will include 19 sports involving up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches.

The Games conclude March 3.

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