By Gary Ahuja - Langley Times - LINK to Story

When Team B.C. walks into next month's Western Canada Summer Games opening ceremonies, Nick Del Bianco will carry the flag.

Del Bianco, a beach volleyball player from Surrey — he also plays on the Trinity Western Spartans men's volleyball team — was chosen to lead the team into the ceremonies in Kamloops.

"It's a great honour to lead a group of the best athletes in B.C. into the opening ceremony," he said.

"I know that each and every one of us have all worked so hard and sacrificed so much to be representing our province.

"I look forward to meeting all Team BC athletes in Kamloops and will carry the flag with pride."

In 2009, Del Bianco won first at a youth beach volleyball tournament in Switzerland and he was fourth at the U19 world beach championships in Portugal last year.

As a first-year outside hitter for Trinity Western last year, the Fleetwood Park graduate helped the Spartans win the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national men's volleyball championship in March.

Community, Sport and Cultural Development Sport Minister Ida Chong announced Del Bianco as the flag bearer on Thursday (July 14).

"This year the Games will have added significance for all of our Team BC athletes because they are competing at home," she said.

The Western Canada Summer Games run Aug. 5-14.

Approximately 2,300 athletes will compete in 19 sports. The competition features athletes from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory.

Last Updated: 2012-03-07
Author: Mark Janzen