Canada Winter Games: Mission Staff Monday with Philippe Saucier

With the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer only a few weeks away, Team BC has put together a weekly feature on the Team BC Mission Staff who will be supporting our athletes during the games. This week they are featuring our very own Philippe Saucier! Have a read and learn some interestings facts about Phil.

The original article can be found here on the Team BC website. 

Philippe Saucier is the Manager of Sport Safety and Event Services with SportMedBC and the Team BC Medical Manager. Keeping everyone safe and healthy is Philippe’s main responsibility! We’d like to think he is doing a great job. The real work begins next week, but if anyone is prepared… its PHIL!

Key point before we begin, Philippe has opened the floor to any cool nickname suggestions that the World Wide Web may have… please send them through! We would love to hear your thoughts. Additionally, I must say that Philippe was one of the first members of the team I met when I first joined, and he immediately left a lasting impact on me. So kind, welcoming and HILARIOUS – I look forward to spending more time with him next month!

Let’s set the stage with some Fast Facts about Philippe:

  • Real Life Occupation: Manager, Sport Safety & Event Services + Certified Athletic Therapist at SportMed BC
  • Favourite Colour: Orange
  • Favourite Food: Apple Pie with vanilla bean ice cream (this is such a good one! Well done, good choice)
  • Favourite Sports Team: Montreal Canadiens…Go Habs Go!
  • Favourite Quote: "Be the change you wish to see in this world" -Mahatma Ghandi (PREACH!)
  • Most used emoji: Heart and smiley face

Philippe is a graduate from Concordia University in Montreal, Québec where he received a Bachelor of Exercise Science specializing in Athletic Therapy. Philippe is a Certified Athletic Therapist and a certified First Responder through the Canadian Red Cross. He has worked extensively with youth, amateur and professional sporting populations, providing injury prevention training, on-field medical coverage, and injury rehabilitation. 

When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your free time?

I love spending my time with my family: going on walks, taking the kids to the park/pool/gym, shopping and doing fun adventures around the greater Vancouver area.

What was the first concert you attended?

My mom’s piano class recital – she was a piano teacher! (that is so cool!)

What was the best Halloween costume you ever had?

I dressed up as Mrs. Doubtfire when I was in high-school, all my classmates didn’t know it was me for most of the evening. (I can totally picture this – you would be entirely convincing – love it!)

If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be?

I would really love to win a gold medal in any swimming event at the Summer Olympics, this was always a dream of mine growing up as a kid on the swim team through high school.

What advice do you have for Team BC athletes heading to Red Deer?

Be open-minded and enjoy each moment. You will be creating memories that will stay with you for the rest of your athletic career, no matter how long or short. This experience will transform your future in ways you can't even imagine! Have fun in all you do!

Philippe moved to BC in 2010 to work full-time as the assistant athletic therapist with Trinity Western University Spartan Athletics. Since joining SportMedBC full-time in the fall of 2016, Philippe has taken on the role of Team BC Medical Manager. He thoroughly enjoyed his 2017 Canada Summer Games experience in Winnipeg and is looking forward to the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. He currently resides in Surrey, BC with his wife and three children.

What dominates the camera roll on your phone?

My kids. Could my kids be any CUTER?!?! (probably not!)

Thanks for all you do Phil – you are one in a million!


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