An Olympic champion to guide 71 athletes
Bruny Surin, four-time Olympic competitor and a gold medal winner in the athletics 4x100 relay at Atlanta 1996, will be the chef de mission for the Canadian delegation that will compete in 18 sports at Buenos Aires 2018.
Canada is ready to participate in the biggest multisport tournament in Argentina's history. Their national team, comprised of 39 women and 32 men, will be led by a Canadian sports legend.
The Canadian Olympic Committee chose Bruny Surin as chef de mision for its delegation of 71 young athletes that will compete in 18 sports.
The athlete, a specialist in the 4x100m relay, participated in the Olympic Games at Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 (where he climbed to the top of the podium) and Sydney 2000. He is also a two-time world champion.
“It is such an honour to be Team Canada's chef de mission for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The opportunity to compete at the Olympics changed my life, and I have no doubt that the ability to take part at the Youth Olympic Games will do the same for the young athletes taking part. I am so excited to help them reach their potential,” said Surin.
At Singapore 2010 Canada sent 60 athletes that competed in 18 sports and took home 12 medals – three gold, one silver and eight bronze. Four years later, at Nanjing 2014, a Canadian team of 72 young athletes climbed seven podiums, with three silver medals and four bronze.
For Buenos Aires 2018, Canada decided to send the largest team in its history in athletics: 15 athletes will take part in 12 track competitions and three field events.