Powering Performance, one athlete at a time.
Drive for Team Canada.
In May and June of this year, Drive for Team Canada visited BMW Retailers across the country providing Canadians with thrills behind the wheel and inspiration from Canadian Olympians. Participants were provided the opportunity to test drive any new BMW model. BMW Canada will be donating $10 to the Canadian Olympic Foundation for each test drive that was completed, benefiting the development of future Olympians.
Team BMW: Summer Athletes.
In addition to being the official vehicle of The Canadian Olympic Team. BMW proudly supports these 11 inspirational Canadians. The enthusiasm and perseverance our summer athletes demonstrate on a regular basis are a constant source of inspiration to all Canadians. The accolades they have garnered throughout their esteemed careers truly are a tribute to the dedication they show to achieving their personal best.
Brooke Henderson, Golf
Growing up watching her big sister play, Brooke from Smiths Falls, Ontario took to golf immediately, getting her hands on her first clubs at the age of 3 and into her first competitive competition at 9. Since then, Brooke became the youngest golfer ever to win a pro event, earned her first LPGA Tour victory at the Cambia Portland Classic last August and became the second youngest golfer to ever win the KPMG PGA Championship. She has rocketed to #2 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings and will lead Canada as Golf returns to the Olympics in Rio.
Derek Drouin, High Jump.
Derek, a high jumper from Corunna, Ontario, was a 5-time NCAA champion at Indiana University. He captured Bronze for Canada at the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, won Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, won Gold again at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, and became the first Canadian to win Gold in high jump at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships just a month later. He is also one of only twelve men in history to reach the height of 2.40m, with his jump at the Drake Relays. Leading into Rio Derek is ranked the number one high jumper in the world.
Mark de Jonge, Sprint Kayak – K1 200m.
After competing for several years in the 1000m and 500m distances, Mark from Halifax, Nova Scotia, pursued a career in engineering only to return to full-time training in 2011 for the 200m distance. Mark won Bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games and is the two-time defending World Champion in the men’s sprint kayak K1 200m event. He will enter the Games in Rio as a favourite for Gold.
Meaghan Benfeito, 10m Individual and 10m Synchronized Diving.
Meaghan Benfeito from Laval, Quebec decided to give diving a try after seeing first-hand how much fun Alexandre Despatie and Émilie Heymans were having while “flying” through the air. From that day, she closely followed the same path as these two diving legends and in 2008 competed at her first Olympics in Beijing. At London 2012 she captured her first Olympic medal; a bronze in 10m synchro with her friend and partner, Roseline Filion.
Having won Gold at the Pan Ams in Toronto and another Bronze at 2015 World Championships, Meaghan aims to cement her own legendary status come the Rio Olympic Games.
Roseline Filion, 10m Individual and 10m Synchronized Diving.
Originally a gymnast from ages 5 to 9, Roseline switched her focus to diving after being inspired by Annie Pelletier’s bronze medal performance at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Twelve years later, she realized her own Olympic dream by qualifying to compete at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She experienced the biggest moment of her career alongside her synchro partner, Meaghan Benfeito, as they won Olympic bronze together at the London Games in 2012. After Gold at Pan Ams and Bronze at World’s with Meaghan in 2015, Roseline suffered an ankle injury late in the year. Just six weeks later she was back in competition on the World Cup earning Canada a second spot in 10 metre Individual for Rio. Roseline looks to provide more inspiration this summer in Rio.
Ryan Cochrane, Freestyle Swimming – 400m and 1,500m.
Ryan began swimming with his twin brother Devon in the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Now at the age of 27, Ryan from Victoria, BC is the Canadian record holder in the 400m, 800m and 1500m Freestyle, and a two-time Olympic medalist having won Bronze in the 1500m in Beijing and Silver in that discipline in London. He has also been named Canadian Swimmer of the Year from 2008 – 2015 with multiple World Championship, Commonwealth Games and Pan Am Games podiums and titles to his credit. Competing in the most grueling of all short course swimming events the veteran leader of Canadian swimming Ryan shows no signs of letting up with his sights set firmly on upgrading to a gold medal in Rio, 2016.