Welcome Home for the Home Grown: Olympic/Paralympic Celebration

Apr. 4, 2018 3:30 pm
City of Kelowna & PacificSport Okanagan
Stuart Park, 1430 Water Street

The City of Kelowna and PacificSport Okanagan are hosting a Welcome Home Celebration on Wednesday, Apr. 4 for Kelowna’s Home Grown athletes that competed in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Kelsey Serwa, Ski Cross Athlete and Tess Critchlow, Snowboard Cross Athlete will be attending the event.

The celebration will be held in Stuart Park,1430 Water Street, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and offer an opportunity to meet Kelowna’s athletes while enjoying refreshments and other activities.

Mayor Basran will have a question and answer period with the athletes from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Residents unable to attend the event are encouraged to watch the interview on the City's Facebook page via Facebook Live.

The Okanagan is home to many Olympic and Paralympic athletes – past, present and future. Residents that participated in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics representing Team Canada include:


Andrew Ebbett, Ice Hockey, Vernon
Julia Ransom, Biathlon, Kelowna
Emma Lunder, Biathlon, Vernon
Andi Naude, Freestyle Skiing – Moguls, Penticton
Justin Kripps, Bobsleigh, Summerland
Kelsey Serwa, Freestyle Skiing – Ski Cross, Kelowna
Kevin Hill, Snowboard Cross, Vernon
Tess Critchlow, Snowboard Cross, Kelowna
Ian Deans, Freestyle Skiing – Ski Cross, Lake Country


Ina Forrest, Wheelchair Curling, Vernon
Curt Minard, Para-Snowboard, Vernon

Support Staff

Jeff Thorburn, Ice Hockey – Athletic Therapist, Kelowna
David Broman, IPC (Paralympic) Technician, Kelowna

For more information about the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic athletes visit olympic.ca/athletes and for the Paralympic athletes, visit paralympic.ca/athletes.