31 athletes from Niagara competing at Canada Summer Games

Ontario won’t be the only home team for fans in the Niagara community following the start of the 2022 Canada Summer Games on Saturday at venues across the region.

Nicholas Murray-Coplen, a native of St. Catharines, will row for British Columbia at the quadrennial Games which are due to end on Sunday, August 21.

In all, 31 area athletes are on Ontario rosters in a variety of sports. St. Catharines, with 10, has the most medal hopefuls in its hometown. Niagara Falls, Pelham and Welland have four each, followed by Grimsby, Lincoln and Niagara-on-the-Lake, two each; and Thorold, West Lincoln and Wainfleet, one each.

With the region boasting 2,000-metre competition courses in St. Catharines and Welland, it’s no surprise that 15 Niagara Canada Summer Games athletes are rowers.

The Ontario Provincial Track and Field Team has five athletes from the region.

In addition, 10 people from the region will help out as coaches, managers or support staff. The mission staff includes three people from Niagara: Eric McLoughlin, St. Davids; James O’Brien, St. Catharines; Joseph Pagnotta, Virgil.

Here are the Niagara Region athletes ranked by sport:

Baseball: Aiden Taggart, Grimsby.

Women’s basketball: Sarah Hurley, Corryn Parker, both Pelhams.

Golf: Matthew Martel, Pelham.

Indoor lacrosse, men: Trent Mooradian, St. Catharines, alternate.

Rowing: Kai Bartel, Niagara-on-the-Lake; Owen Bartel, St. Catharines; Stasia Bittman, Welland; Payton Gauthier, Niagara Falls; Stephen Harris, St. Catharines; Malarie Jones, Wainfleet; Shane Keagan, Pelham; Hailey Mercuri, Vineland; Lucas Maroney, Welland; Nicholas Murray-Coplen, St. Catharines; Teagan Orth, St. Catharines; Riley Pisek, St. Catharines; Nikolas Schramm, Niagara Falls; Madeson Scott, Welland; Cait Whittard, St. Catharines.

Men’s football: Mason Petrucci, St. Catharines.

Swimming: Emily Skulj-Thompson, Thorold.

Athletics: Noah Dommasch, St. Catharines; Owen Konkle, Grimsby; Shannon Swinson, Beamsville; Grace Tennant, Caistor Center; Trinty Tutti, originally from Welland and now living in North York.

Women’s volleyball: Kennedy Millin, St. Catharines; Nikola Mitrovic, Niagara Falls.

Struggle: Zubin Gatta, Niagara-on-the-Lake; Sarah Guenther, Niagara Falls.

Coaches: cycling, road, David Jack Pelham; rowing, Mary Rao, John Ruscitti, both of St. Catharines; athletics, Patrick Reid, Pelham; volleyball, Matthew Ragogna, St. Catharines; wrestling, Heather Sweezey, St. Catharines.

Managers: rowing, Grant Boyd, rowing; rugby sevens, Amanda Andres, St. Catharines.

Technical support: rowing, Dereck Schwandt, St. Catharines.

Participating assistant: Jennifer Korsantje, Grimsby.

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