Meet the Special Olympics Team BC 2020 speed skating team

Special Olympics Team BC 2020 Speed Skating Coat of Arms
Team BC 2020 Speed Skating Coat of Arms

We will spend the eight weeks leading into the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games introducing the inspiring members of the Special Olympics Team BC 2020 Training Squad, one sport per week!

Team BC 2020 has 13 stellar speed skaters from Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Langley, Nelson, Richmond, Surrey, and Victoria, supported by five fabulous coaches from SOBC – Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Nelson, and Victoria.

There are several fantastic families within this team, as four of the five coaches are parents of five team athletes, and they are all working hard to make a family feeling within the speed skating team as a whole. They have been putting in outstanding efforts in their dryland training as well as on the ice.  

The team includes a number of National Games rookies who are proud and excited, and several veterans including Coquitlam's Rene Girard gearing up for his NINTH National Games (!) and Abbotsford’s Paige Norton and Chris Hamilton who will be competing in their fifth and sixth National Games, respectively.

Our Team BC 2020 Training Squad speed skaters describe themselves as humorous, enthusiastic, awesome, fearless, hardworking, happy, active, and friendly!

Team motto

Rise to the challenge - soar like an eagle!

Team goals

  1. Be ambassadors for Team BC and our sport.
  2. To come to these Games prepared and to give it our best.

Team member profiles

Name Role Local Hometown
Elizabeth (Liz) Ashton Athlete Victoria VICTORIA BC
Eric Bruneau Athlete Coquitlam COQUITLAM BC
Nicky Chow Athlete Richmond  
Reid Demelo Athlete Coquitlam  PORT MOODY BC
Frankie Fu Athlete Coquitlam  PORT COQUITLAM BC
Rene Girard Athlete Coquitlam  COQUITLAM BC
Chris Hamilton Athlete Abbotsford ABBOTSFORD BC
Nicholas Libera Athlete Coquitlam  COQUITLAM BC
Paige Norton Athlete Abbotsford ABBOTSFORD BC
Jesse Thibeault Athlete Surrey SURREY BC
Zack Thibeault Athlete Surrey SURREY BC
Ian Walgren Athlete Nelson  
Matthew Williams Athlete Langley LANGLEY BC
Donna Bilous Head Coach Abbotsford  
Kaehlen Allison Coach Victoria  
Rosella Infanti Coach Coquitlam  
Walde Libera Coach Coquitlam  
Bruce Walgren Coach Nelson  
Wayne Williams Mission Staff Chilliwack