Brent carries flag for B.C.

Kayak racer Alex Brent will carry the flag for Team B.C. when the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games open in Wood Buffalo...

Alex Brent of the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club has been chosen to carry the flag for B.C. at the Western Canada Summer Games

Alex Brent of the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club has been chosen to carry the flag for B.C. at the Western Canada Summer Games

Kayak racer Alex Brent will carry the flag for Team B.C. when the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games open in Wood Buffalo, Alberta today.

“It’s unbelievable to imagine myself being the flag bearer for Team B.C.,” said Brent, who trains with the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club.

“I understand the amount of hard work and time that is required to reach this level of competition and it’s a great honour to be selected from a group of such high caliber athletes.”

Brent is a 2012 B.C. Summer Games and 2013 Canada Summer Games alumnus. He has had a good start to 2015, finishing second in K-1 1,000m and sixth in K-1 500m at the national team trials.

He is part of a strong contingent of athletes from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows at the Western Canada games:

• cyclist Kelsey MacDonald;

• runner Reid Muller;

• baseball coach Shawn Schaefer;

• hammer thrower Natasha Akbarizadeh;

• softball player Courtney De Adder;

• athletics Jordan Ellingson and Shania Payne;

• canoe/kayak competitors Matthew Koehler, Oh Eun Bin, Omar Said, Sebastian Sorescu, and Julianna and Justin Won.