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Sport Manitoba – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Preparation for the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg is well underway for Team Manitoba, as they officially announced the Mission Staff tasked to help the host province make these their best Games yet.

Led by Chef de Mission Barry Moroz and Assistant Chef de Mission Marcie Halls-Stronciski, the Mission Staff features qualified individuals who were selected to give the best support possible for Team Toba athletes, coaches, and teams from now, leading up to, and during the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

The opportunity for a larger, well-tailored Mission Staff presents itself as a home-advantage for Manitoba in 2017.

“Mission Staff play a huge role in the success of any Games, and those who are making the commitment have helped us put together a great support system,” says Chef de Mission Barry Moroz. “We have a lot to be excited about with the experience and expertise this group brings to the team.”

Comprised of professional sport administrators, performance planners, communications specialists and volunteers, Mission Staff offer support to Team Manitoba athletes, coaches, and managers leading up to and during Games, and are a key link of communication between individual teams and the larger Team Manitoba. The organization and preparation they provide is integral for the performance and overall experience of everyone involved in the Games.

The following individuals will represent the Team Manitoba Mission Staff for the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg:

Core Staff:

Chef de Mission: Barry Moroz (Portage la Prairie)
Assistant Chef de Mission: Marcie Halls-Stronciski (Winnipeg)
Office Manager: Leigh Legal-Young (Winnipeg)
Media/Communications: Joey Traa (Winnipeg)
Sport Performance: Adam Decker (Winnipeg)
Sport Performance: Brent Lohmer (Stonewall)
Sport Performance: Neal Prokop (Winnipeg)
Logistics: Pat Kirby (Winnipeg)
Logistics: Pete Conway (Winnipeg)

Sport Mission Staff Sport Mission Staff
Athletics Bryce Koscielny (Neepawa) Basketball (M) Terry Skarban (West St. Paul)
Baseball Aaron Tycoles (Rivers) Cycling – Road Anna Schappert (Winnipeg)
Basketball (F) Haley Kirkbride-Taylor (Winnipeg) Golf Haley Kirkbride-Taylor (Winnipeg)
Canoe/Kayak Dene Sinclair (Winnipeg) Soccer (M) Paul Thompson (Winnipeg)
Cycling/Mountain Bike Anna Schappert (Winnipeg) Softball (F) Val Pelleck (Winnipeg)
Diving Carl Bartel (Winnipeg) Swimming Carl Bartel (Winnipeg)
Rowing Kevin Kowalyk (Winnipeg) Tennis Kylo Harris (Beausejour)
Sailing Katja Smutny (Winnipeg) Volleyball – Indoor (F) Mano Navarro (Winnipeg)
Soccer (F) Marinos Papageorgopoulos (Winnipeg) Volleyball – Indoor (M) Luc Therrien (Winnipeg)
Softball (M) Kylo Harris (Beausejour) Wrestling Bill Whiteway (Arnes)
Triathlon Darian Hole (Winnipeg) Medical Mandy Los (Winnipeg)
Volleyball – Beach Lloyd Voth (Winnipeg)    
Medical Mandy Los (Winnipeg)    

*Note: Three additional Mission Staff will be added by April 1, 2016

Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Games, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre, and Sport Resource Centre.


For more information please contact:

Joey Traa
Marketing Coordinator
Sport Manitoba
(204) 925-5906 (work)
(204) 230-5036 (cell)