Aiden Rebele is one of several Mission athletes competing at the BC Winter Games this weekend.

Mission athletes head to BC Games

From the ski hill to the ice rink, archery to judo, Mission athletes are ready for the BC Winter Games in Penticton.

Ben Lypka

Mission Record

Skiing is all in the family for Mission’s Emi Bryan.

Her father Steve Bryan got her on the slopes at the tender age of three, and the feeling of hitting powder was like nothing else she’d ever experienced.

“I had the freedom to go really fast and do whatever I wanted to do,” she said, of her days learning the sport in Whistler.

Growing up, she saw her two older brothers excel on the Mission Secondary School ski team, and she continued carving away, beginning competitive racing at seven years old. Emi joined the Hemlock Ski Team, and has continued to develop into a strong skier.

Her biggest highlight occurred earlier this year, when she placed 29th out of 49 skiers in a U14 Coast Zone race in Whistler in January. Given the majority of the racers were one year older than Emi with a lot more racing experience, this was a great result for her. It marked the first U14 race for Emi, and she said she was thrilled to be tagged to compete at the 2016 BC Winter Games.

“I was just so excited,” she said.

Emi said her goal for the Games is to do her best to win it all. She added that she’s familiar with the course at Apex, and is feeling confident heading into the races this weekend. She said a lot of her strength comes from the tight bond she’s formed with her friends on the Hemlock Ski Team, where she trains several times a week.

“They’re like a family to me,” she said. “I can trust them with anything, and we’re always pushing each other to do better.”

The 12-year-old is in Grade 7 at Hatzic Middle School, and plans on attending Mission Secondary School to follow in her brother’s footsteps on the ski team.

Also hitting the slopes, is Mission native and Manning Ski Club member Aiden Rebele.

His dad introduced him to the slopes, and the rest is history.

“My dad used to take me skiing when I was really young and I really liked it,” he said. “I like going really fast and just being outdoors and in the mountains.”

Rebele initially joined the Hemlock Ski Team, but more recently joined the Manning club. He qualified for the Games with a strong showing in Whistler earlier this year.

“My coach, Kelly Blair, called me and told me and I was really happy,” he said.

The 12-year-old is a Grade 7 student at Abbotsford’s MEI. He said it’s going to be an honour to compete for the Fraser Valley zone team.

“I’m just going to do my best and try to get a new best time,” he said.

Rebele and Emi are two of several Mission athletes competing at the Games. Also heading to Penticton are:

  • Benjamin Seeley, archery
  • Charles Cheung, diving
  • Seth Floyd and Shuntaro Izumi, judo
  • Shivani Bahadur, Jared Bolland, Janie Green and Annabelle Green, speed skating

Mission is also sending a number of official and coaches to the Games, including: Darcy Falk (archery), Glen Ford (judo), Layton Keely (judo), Julian Green (speed skating), Kristina Kreick (speed skating) and Dave McQuaid (speed skating).

The Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games run from Feb. 25 to 28. Read next week’s edition of the Mission City Record for details on how the athletes fare.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Massive new six-building complex planned for development in Mission

Complex to bring 289 residential units, 11 commercial retail units and four new office spaces

The website Chigoby is among eight scam online retailers that have been identified by the Better Business Bureau. The site was fraudulently using an Abbotsford residential address, but has since switched to one in Poland.
Eight scam online-shopping websites fraudulently use Abbotsford address

Better Business Bureau says victims lost hundreds for non-existent or poor-quality products

Last year, the Mission Christmas Bureau celebrated its office opening with an open house. Covid-19 has forced the organization to switch to online registrations this year. / Kevin Mills File Photo
Registration for this year’s Mission Christmas Bureau will be completed online

Bureau gearing up to make Christmas possible for hundreds of local families and children in need

Barry Shantz in 2015 in front of a homeless camp at Gladys Avenue and Cyril Street. Abbotsford News file photo.
RCMP officers cleared in killing of Abbotsford homeless advocate

Barry Shantz was shot following a mental health crisis at his home on on Jan. 13, 2020,

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of Oct. 18

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

FILE – People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing facility in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, August 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
167 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death recorded as B.C. enters 2nd wave

Three new healthcare outbreaks also announced

Rio Tinto Alcan’s aluminum smelter at Kitimat competes against producers in the Middle East and Russia that have no carbon tax. (Rio Tinto)
B.C. carbon tax highest in Canada, export industries unprotected

B.C. NDP, B.C. Liberals say they’re looking at exemptions

In this file photo, snow is seen falling along the Coquihalla Highway. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Weather statement issued for Coquihalla, Hwy 3, as arctic front approaches

The early season snowfall expected to hit Fraser Valley, Friday, Oct. 23

Vancouver teacher suspended after swearing, touching students and complimenting underwear

McCabe touched students, including rubbing their backs and necks, touching their hair and hugging them

The Surrey Eagles are currently seeking billet families for its players in advance of the 2020-‘21 BC Hockey League season. (Garrett James photo)
BCHL team in ‘desperate’ need of billet families for upcoming hockey season

COVID-19 pandemic has made finding homes for players difficult: billet co-ordinator

John Horgan brought the NDP campaign to Langley on Wednesday, Oct. 21, just three days before the B.C. vote (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Horgan brings NDP campaign to Langley

Predicts gains, says people are looking at the party ‘differently’ after three years

A glimpse of some of the 480 (approx) cars written off as a result of the acid spills along the Trail highway in 2018. Photo: Trail Times
2 years after huge highway acid spill, Kootenay Ford dealer’s frustration grows with ICBC

Trail AM Ford owner Dan Ashman says he just wants fair compensation from ICBC

Most Read