Alumni Feature: Tyla Flexman

The 2017 Canada Summer Games will celebrate the Games' 50th anniversary by bringing Canadians together and celebrating the thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers who’ve been a part of the previous 25 editions.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games, we’ve reached out to Games alumni to share their experiences.

Tyla Flexman, Canada Summer Games Alumni

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I'm from Vancouver B.C and grew up playing field hockey in B.C. While playing for Team BC and the Junior National Team I played at the Canada Games in 2005 in Regina. I went on to play for Canada for 5 years representing Canada at the Pan Am Games and Commonwealth Games. I retired in 2012 and now work in sport and am currently in school doing my MBA. I was fortunate to be able to return to the Canada Games as mission staff with Team BC for the 2013 and 2015 Games and will be returning for the 2017 Games!

What was your most memorable Canada Games experience?

The Canada Games was a preparation event for us before the Junior World Cup so it was a great environment for us to get a multi-sport tournament under our belts before heading to the World Cup. My most memorable experience was the closing ceremonies. Our team had won gold and all the athletes had a giant dance party. Also the cafeteria is always a great place to meet people so be friendly in food lineups. Ya never know, you might meet the next Steve Nash!

What's your favourite quote?

"All that I can I will" - it's a French proverb and reminds me to give everything I have to whatever I'm doing if it's sport, working or giving back the community!

What role has sport played in your life since the Canada Games?

Sport is and always will be a big part of my life. I've been fortunate to stay actively involved after my career in sport. After playing for Canada I ended up working in sport partnerships at Fortius Sport & Health and plan to continue to pursue a career in sports business. Joining the Team BC mission staff for the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Games was a great opportunity to stay involved and give back.

What advice do you have for athletes who will participate in the 2017 Canada Summer Games?

Multi-sport games are like no other event! Enjoy the moment and get to know the athletes around you. I ended up crossing paths with many athletes I met at the Canada Games throughout my career. And of course, have fun!

Are you an alumni of the Canada Games?  We'd love to hear your story as we celebrate 50 years of Canada Games. Click here for more details.