Wednesday, August 26, 2015


From far and wide, the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games brought people together for sport, cooperation and friendship. A case in point is Alex Rapcea and Bri Sampson who take time to chat before the fly home to their respective cities. Never having known each other prior to the Games, they now share a common bond.

Born in Bucharest, Romania, Alex moved to Vancouver with her family when she was 15 years old for better opportunities in Canada. Alex works in human resources in the oil & gas and mining industry. A dancer, she also is involved in jazz and ballet when not behind a desk. A love of sports, playing soccer and softball, she took time away from western Canada to travel to Toronto to work in event venue management. A key role, event management oversees the running of a venue and its operation. Alex worked from Hamilton where soccer was being played, then in Toronto, at Ryerson for wheelchair basketball.

Travelling somewhat farther, Bri (Brianna) is from Newcastle, Australia, north of Sydney. "It was very last-minute, very spur of the moment," Bri says of her decision to fly to Canada for her first time and work at Pan Am, also in event venue management. She comes by this honestly as she works in a similar role back home and had just finished a contract allowing her time to come to Canada. Bri worked at the velodrome in Milton, Ontario. It is with some sadness that Alex heads back to Australia on Monday. "It was my first visit to Canada, it's amazing, I loved it," Alex says of her tip, I'm sure we will see her again.

ALEX FUN FACT: " I have worked for three Olympics and two World Cups," she says of the opportunities to work the Vancouver, London and Sochi Olympics as well as the South Africa and Rio de Janeiro World Cup soccer events.

BRI FUN FACT: "I was born with six fingers," Bri says of her fun fact. "They cut it off and now its gone," she laughs, explaining her hand surgery. 


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