Saanich Olympic medalist Ryan Cochrane is the honorary captain for Team BC for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Black Press File Photo

Saanich Olympic medalist Ryan Cochrane is the honorary captain for Team BC for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Black Press File Photo

Cochrane named honorary captain for Team BC

Olympic medalist to help guide B.C.’s entry at 2017 Canada Summer Games

Former Olympic Games medalist Ryan Cochrane is trading his swim trunks for a captain’s cap and whistle.

Cochrane, who followed up an Olympic bronze in 2008 with a silver medal in 2012, was named honorary captain for Team BC for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Cochrane’s journey as one of Canada’s most prominent Olympic athletes began with a strong performance as a member of Team BC at the 2005 Canada Summer Games, where he won five medals in the pool. He recently announced his retirement from competitive swimming to embark on a career in business.

He is looking forward to the opportunity to share his experience and advice with Team BC athletes to help inspire and motivate them to success at the upcoming Summer Games July 28 to Aug. 13 in Winnipeg.

“Team BC has a very strong history at the Canada Games and I’m delighted to be able to support our next generation of athletes,” Cochrane said. “These games are a major stepping stone to the international level and I know our Team BC will be one of the toughest and ready to take on the country.”

Rob Needham, Chef de Mission for Team BC, called Cochrane a role model for what it is possible to achieve in sport.

”His leadership as our team captain will make a lasting impression on our athletes and coaches,” Needham said in a press release.

For more information visit canadagames.ca.