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Islander Competing in the Beijing 2022 Olympics

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Islander Competing in the Beijing 2022 Olympics

With just 10 days to go from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, athletes around the globe are gearing up to compete on the world’s biggest stage.

Among the many Canadian athletes heading to Beijing is PEI’s very own, Brett Gallant, who will be making his Olympic debut on the ice.

Like many Canadians who reach the Olympics, Brett Gallant started his competitive athletic career by competing at the Canada Games in 2007. At the young age of 17, the young curler took home a bronze medal for Team PEI in Whitehorse. It was the start of a victorious career that would see him win multiple Canadian Junior Championships, Brier Championships, World Championships, and now the possibility of an Olympic medal.

Canadian Olympic rosters have proven the Canada Games represent a key step in the development of the country’s next generation of national, international and Olympic/Paralympic champions.

After representing Prince Edward Island for numerous years, Gallant moved to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2012 to join Brad Gushue’s team as third. That year, he made his first of nine Brier appearances. When Mark Nichols re-joined for the following season, Brett shifted to second.

Gallant won three Brier titles, and went undefeated at the World Championships in 2017 while playing second for Team Gushue. Their latest achievement - winning the Olympic trials in Saskatchewan.  

Gallant has also found success in mixed doubles with partner Jocelyn Peterman, winning the national title in 2016 and again in 2019 at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship. The couple went on to win silver at the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Championships.

Jocelyn Peterman will also be fulfilling her Olympic dreams in Beijing, after the Jennifer Jones rink out of Manitoba won the women’s Trials final.

Despite many challenges and cancellations due to COVID-19 pandemic, Brett Gallant and his fiancee Jocelyn Peterman will be wearing the maple leaf in Beijing.

His fellow Islanders and friends at the Canada Games are cheering him on!

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