Sharing the support

Melanie Kok, a PhD candidate in neuroscience, works with Olympians Canada as the Vice President, Ontario Chapter. In this leadership role, she brings together Canada’s Olympic athletes and connects them with the general public to celebrate achievements in sport.

Kok is a former Olympian and won a bronze medal in Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She is using her athletic success to contribute positively to the lives of Canadians.

“As a former Olympian, I feel a sense of social responsibility to give back to the communities that supported me,” she explained. “I think Olympians can serve as great role models for all Canadians.”

Kok hopes to encourage others with Olympic spirit and values. “I strongly believe in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle,” she said.