Six athletes and two coaches headed to the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have connections to Brock University.
Former or current students, club members and coaches make up the Brock contingent headed to the Summer Games in three sports: wrestling, rowing and track and field.
To celebrate the Brock connection, the community is invited to a send-off party Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Guernsey Market.
Expected to be in attendance will be wrestlers Michelle Fazzari, a Brock alumna and her Brock Wrestling Club teammate Jillian Gallays, as well as Jessica Lewis, a fifth-year Brock student who will represent her native Bermuda in the track events of the Paralympic Games.
Also at the send-off party will be Marty Calder, head coach of Brock’s legendary wrestling program who will serve as assistant coach for the Canadian women’s wrestling team in Rio. Another Canadian women’s wrestler, Jasmine Mian, is a Brock graduate who went on to continue her studies in Calgary, where she now lives and trains.
Three other Brock alumni headed for the Games in rowing won’t be in attendance because they’ve already left for training camps. Competing on the Canadian men’s rowing team are Brock Badgers alumni Eric Woelfl and Tim Schrijver, while fellow alumnus Terry Paul will coach the men’s quad team.
Tuesday’s send-off party is open to everyone at Brock and from the Niagara community. Refreshments will be served.
Olympic and Paralympic send-off party
Where: Guernsey Market, Brock University
When: Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Who: Athletes Jessica Lewis, Michelle Fazzari and Jillian Gallays
Brock contingent headed to 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Michelle Fazzari and Jasmine Mian: Brock alumnae, women’s wrestling
- Jillian Gallays: Brock Wrestling Club member, women’s wrestling
- Jessica Lewis: Fifth-year Brock student, track racing in Paralympics representing Bermuda
- Eric Woelfl and Tim Schrijver: Brock alumni, men’s rowing
- Marty Calder: Assistant coach of Canadian women’s wrestling team
- Terry Paul: Brock alumnus, coach, Canadian men’s quad rowing team