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 going 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, 3-4 p.m. in the Guernsey Market at Brock.
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 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. Another Canadian women’s wrestler, Jasmine Mian, is a Brock graduate who continued 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 the Niagara community. Refreshments will be served.