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Rupinder Johal Chosen for Canada Summer Games Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer

A Team BC contingent made up of 382 athletes, 87 coaches and managers, and 25 mission staff is set to travel to Niagara to take on the nation‘s best at the 2022 Canada Summer Games from August 6-21, 2022.

The 2022 Canada Summer Games will see over 5,000 young athletes and staff descend on the Niagara region for two weeks of the top multi-sport competition in Canada. Athletes will compete in 18 sports at venues across 13 municipalities in Niagara.

Leading Team BC into the Opening Ceremony in Niagara will be 17-year-old wrestler Rupinder Johal of Abbotsford. Johal has represented Canada at multiple international championships, including the 2022 U17 World Championships and U17 Pan Am Championships, where she struck Gold in the 73kgs category and won the Women‘s Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Johal, who also earned Gold at the U17 Canadian Trials and Silver at the U20 Canadian Trials in 2022, is an honour roll student and went undefeated in BC high school competition during the 2021-22 season. She did not surrender a single point during her high school season.

The 2022 Canada Summer Games are the first to be held since the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, where Team BC finished second behind Team Ontario (212 medals) and ahead of Quebec (138 medals) with a record-setting 146 medals. Team BC is expected to be a top performer once again at the Games.

Many high-level athletes have launched their athletic careers through the BC Games and Team BC. At the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Team BC was represented by 20 alumni including medalists Micah Zandee-Hart, Cassie Sharpe, Justin Kripps, Emily Young and Meryeta O‘Dine.


Jennifer Scott, Team BC - Chef de Mission “It's always a joy to see BC's athletes compete and shine at the Canada Games, but these Games are uniquely special. These Games are a testament to the determination, perseverance and passion of the athletes, coaches and mission staff alike.”

“Rupinder Johal represents the best of Team BC – the passion, the volunteer spirit, and the mix of high-level academics and competition. She is an exceptional athlete, leader and community champion, and we are honoured to have her represent Team BC.”

Rupinder Johal, Team BC – Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer "Being selected to be a flag barrier at the 2022 Canada Summer Games makes me very happy and proud to be able to represent my province. I am truly grateful to be selected and given this opportunity."

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About Team BC

Team BC brings together the best athletes, coaches, managers, and Mission Staff to represent British Columbia at the Canada Summer and Winter Games. Visit for the latest news and updates.

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David Conlin

Communications Manager

BC Games Society

Week 1 Sports:



Beach Volleyball

Box Lacrosse (Women)

Cycling (Mountain)

Ruby Sevens

Soccer (Men)

Softball (Women)

Swimming (includes: Para and Special Olympics)




Week 2 Sports:

Athletics (includes: Para and Special Olympics)

Box Lacrosse (Male)

Canoe Kayak

Cycling (Road)




Sailing (includes: Para)

Soccer (Women)

Softball (Men)

Volleyball – Indoor

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