Trinity Western Spartans outside hitter Nick Del Bianco will carry the flag for Team B.C. at the Western Canada Summer Games opening ceremonies next month.

‘Huge honour’ for Del Bianco

Local beach volleyball player chosen to carry B.C.'s flag in opening ceremonies

A local athlete has been granted a special honour.

When the Team B.C. athletes march into the opening ceremonies of the upcoming Western Canada Summer Games, local beach volleyball standout Nick Del Bianco will carry the province’s flag.

“It is a true honour to be selected as the flag bearer,” Del Bianco said.

“In my mind, it represents leading all of B.C.’s athletes into the Games and into the competition.

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

The 19-year-old Del Bianco was appointed the flag bearer last week by Ida Chong, the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The Western Canada Summer Games run Aug. 5-14 in Kamloops and the full list of B.C. athletes will be released on July 29.

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.

Del Bianco is competing in beach volleyball. He also plays indoor volleyball and last season, his first with Trinity Western, the Fleetwood Park graduate helped the Spartans win the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championship.

He has competed in several big competitions before — in 2009, he won gold at a youth beach volleyball tournament in Switzerland and he was fourth at the U19 world beach volleyball championships in Portugal last year.

But this will be his first time competing in a multi-sport competition. And he is excited for the opportunity.

Del Bianco has been busy since the university season ended.

Training with his partner, Ben Chow, the pair have competed in several tournaments and two weeks ago, they attended a tryout in Toronto to represent Canada at the U21 world championships in Halifax. The competition is in late August and they should find out soon whether or not they will represent their country.

And in addition to competing and training, Del Bianco keeps busy coaching.

He is part of a beach volleyball club, Sideout Beach, and he conducts camps in Langley and White Rock. Del Bianco also coaches a group of high performance girls from all over the Lower Mainland.

Altogether, he spends about 20 hours per week coaching.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sources, City of White Rock launch Thanksgiving Food Drive

Volunteers, donations sought for annual food-bank initiative

Surrey man charged with series of break-ins in Surrey, Langley

David Sinh Liu is facing 10 charges related to seven recent break-ins

COVID-19 exposures at Surrey schools: An updated list

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

Future of Massey Tunnel replacement in the air after snap election called

On Friday the ministry said it was identifying property ‘necessary for future infrastructure improvements’

COVID-19: 4 more deaths, 366 new cases in B.C. since Friday

A total of 8,208 people in B.C. have tested positive for COVID-19 since January

Group wants Parliament, courts to hold social media to same standard as publishers

Daniel Bernhard made the comments shortly after Friends of Canadian Broadcasting released a research paper

COVID-19 testing lineup wraps around block in Chilliwack

Testing lineup includes seniors, children and their parents as demand seems to surge

B.C.’s Chase Claypool catches first NFL touchdown pass

Abbotsford grad establishes new record for longest scrimmage TD by a Canadian

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. has highest number of active COVID-19 cases per capita, federal data shows

B.C. currently has 1,803 active cases after weeks of COVID-19 spikes in the province

181 days gone: Family continues to look for man last seen in RCMP custody 6 months ago

Brandon Sakebow’s last known location was leaving Mission RCMP cell, police say; family has doubts

Most Read