ABOUT OUR
ATHLETEs

Our Team Sobeys athletes represent the best of their sports and the best of Canada. We’re beyond proud and excited to partner with these amazing athletes and play our part in helping to Feed The Dream. We can’t wait to see them in action at the Beijing 2022 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games.

Cassie Sharpe

/Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe/
From the very beginning, Cassie’s family was always there to push her out of her comfort zone and inspire her to go further, and higher. This PyeongChang 2018 Olympic gold medallist and Beijing 2022 Olympic silver medallist’s dreams were fed by her brothers, who joined her in the terrain park every day, her father, who drove
the whole family up to the mountain on weekends, and her mom, who had dinner prepared every night and made sure Cassie was always ready for a day in the halfpipe. If it wasn’t for her family’s support helping to Feed The Dream, Cassie wouldn’t be the champion freestyle skier she is today.

Mark Arendz

/Para Nordic Skiing/
Mark is no stranger to hard work. Growing up on a pig farm in Hartsville, P.E.I., there was always work to be done, and Mark helped his family at every opportunity. And in turn, his family helped encourage him, putting in long hours to watch Mark at practice, or take him to his next competition. In some cases, when Mark needed to train
late at night or early in the morning, his father would ride behind him on a snowmobile, lighting the path in front of him. That work ethic would lead him to four Paralympic Games, including his first gold medal win at the 2018 PyeongChang Games and a 4 medal performance at the 2022 Beijing Games. Needless to say, the farm helped to Feed The Dream, and gave Mark the tools he needed to come home from this year’s Games with 1 gold medal, 1 silver medal, and 2 bronze medals. Congratulations, Mark!

Sarah Nurse

/Hockey/
Ask Sarah what it took to get her to this moment, and she’ll tell you: sacrifice. Growing up, her parents made countless sacrifices to support her athletic career. Her dad worked multiple jobs, and her mom worked late nights to ensure Sarah got to lace up her skates and play the game she loved. It wasn’t an easy journey, being the first
Black woman to play hockey in the Winter Olympics, but she had her family’s love and support along the way. Their sacrifice helped Feed The Dream, and win Sarah a silver medal at PyeongChang 2018, a gold at the IIHF World Championships this past summer, and a gold medal at Beijing 2022. Let’s congratulate Sarah and her teammates on their big win at Beijing 2022.

Mollie Jepsen

/Para Alpine Skiing/
A breakout star in the international Para Alpine Skiing scene, Mollie earned a gold, silver and two bronze medals at her first Paralympic Winter Games, PyeongChang 2018. This year, at Beijing 2022, she won another gold and silver medal, and was given the honour of being Canada’s flag-bearer at the Closing Ceremony. She began skiing at
age two and hasn’t stopped since. She owes her career to her family and her tenacity, which has helped Feed The Dream for her along the way. From midnight drives with her mom up to Whistler after gymnastics practice so she could race early the next day, to constantly pushing herself to do better. It fuels her relentless passion for her sport.

Blayre Turnbull

/Hockey/Alternate Captain/
Blayre put on her first pair of skates at the age of two and was scoring goals by the age of five. This Stellarton, Nova Scotia native holds an Olympic silver medal from PyeongChang 2018, two silver medals and one gold from the IIHF World Championships, and now a gold medal from the 2022 Beijing Games. She left home at an early age
to pursue her dream of playing hockey at the highest level, but her family was behind her every step of the way. In fact, it was their encouragement and support that helped Feed The Dream and inspire Blayre to continue on her journey. A journey that has led her to this gold medal – a big win for all of Canada.

Marie-Philip Poulin

/Hockey / Team Captain/
Marie-Philip’s name is synonymous with Canadian hockey – which is why she was one of the two Opening Ceremony flag bearers for the 2022 Beijing Games. Her dedication to the sport has helped win Canada three Olympic gold medals, at Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014 & Beijing 2022, as well as a silver medal at PyeongChang 2018. She credits
her passion to her brother, who would spend hours with her outside when they were kids, battling for the puck, never giving an inch, in order to make her a better player. That passion was a beautiful gift that has helped Feed The Dream for Marie-Philip, motivating her to compete at the highest level. And to this day, she still battles it out with her brother at a local rink every Christmas.

Brady Leman

/Freestyle Skiing – Ski Cross/
On skis since he was 18 months old, this PyeongChang 2018 Olympic gold medallist knows a thing or two about dedication to the sport. Growing up, Brady’s family did whatever they could to keep him on fast skis, racing as much as he needed to chase his dreams. The grit and determination of his family and their support
for him are what helped Feed The Dream for Brady. From an early age, they were behind him in every way. His grandma, parents and sister were all heavily involved in Brady’s ski club, pitching in and helping out to ensure Brady could stay in the club, train and compete. All this led Brady to the 2022 Beijing Games, where he placed 6th in Ski Cross.

Isabelle Weidemann

/Long Track Speed Skating/
Since she was 11 years old, Isabelle’s world has revolved around skating. Even her brother and sister, Jake and Lily, have excelled in the sport. And her parents, seeing Isabelle’s passion grow as a teenager, moved the whole family to Calgary, to be closer to the national training centre and support their children’s speed
skating dreams. Isabelle owes a lot to her family, crediting them with helping to Feed The Dream that got her to this moment. In fact, Isabelle still eats the same breakfast of oatmeal her parents and grandparents made every morning. Not only to remind herself of where she came from, but who she’s competing for. All this helped Isabelle get to the 2022 Beijing Games, where she won a gold, silver and bronze medal, and was given the honour of being the Closing Ceremony flag bearer.

Max Parrot

/Snowboard – Slopestyle & Big Air/
Max was determined to make snowboarding his career. But coming from a family of skiers, that was no easy task. With his mom’s help, he arranged with neighbours to cut their grass, saving up enough money to buy his first snowboard. His father helped him construct wooden modules in the backyard so he could practice when he wasn’t
on the hill. Max even went as far as trekking with his sister to the local hockey arena to find the little snow he could during the summer months to train. All that family support paid off. It helped to Feed The Dream for Max, earning him a silver medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and getting him to Beijing 2022, where he won both gold and bronze medals.