Olympic wrestler Jasmine Mian elected to Calgary City Council

CALGARY – Newly elected Calgary City Councilor Jasmine Mian joins several Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have run for political office in Canada and have won in recent years.

Mian, an Olympic wrestler in Rio in 2016, follows MPs Adam van Koeverden (kayaking), Lyne Bessette (cycling), Carla Qualtrough (Paralympic swimming) and British Columbia MP Michelle Stilwell (Paralympic athletics) in office. public.

Evan Dunfee, a walker who won an Olympic bronze medal in Tokyo last summer, has expressed interest in running for city council in Richmond, British Columbia.

“He texted me a little while ago and just encouraged me, and said ‘I think I am running,'” Mian told The Canadian Press.

“I think he would be amazing, in part because there is so much walking and door-to-door walking, and he would take him out of the park.”

Mian (pronounced MEE-in) was the only woman running in Ward 3 of Calgary.

The results, which will be formalized on Friday, won him by 2,253 votes in the municipal elections on Monday.

“It was actually very similar to when I was on the Olympic team, as a lot of the election work as a city councilor is done in the many months leading up to election day,” he said. Mian told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.

“I really believe that the leadership skill set that I developed through the sport of wrestling put me in a position where I knew it was something I could do and that I could do in a way. significant. “

Mian placed 12th in the 48 kilo division in Rio. She won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Affiliation with the Olympic rings helps name recognition, but Mian, 31, was developing expertise in municipal governance before competing in Rio.

She holds a master’s degree in psychology with a thesis on pedestrian safety, as well as a master’s degree in public policy with a focus on issues such as how municipalities regulate short-term rental housing companies.

“I think when I put my name in the race I thought my background in public policy would be a huge asset,” Mian said.

“I certainly think that will be an asset now that I am elected and that I will govern.”

Elections every four years also reflect the quadrennial periods between the Olympics, she said.

“I had to laugh because obviously as an Olympian I was still living my life on those four-year cycles,” Mian said.

“I got elected last night and I said to my husband, ‘Hey, we’re back on the four-year cycle, remember?’”

Mian was born in Guelph, Ontario, and raised in Barrie. She moved to Calgary in 2012 for training at the University of Calgary.

“I quickly realized that Calgary is more than a sports city,” she said. “It’s a young city and it’s a city that likes to win.”

“I think we’ve certainly had challenges over the past five years.

“There are a lot of question marks as to what Calgary’s future will look like, but what makes me really optimistic is that I think we have a great team that got elected yesterday that can help. to navigate in this next chapter. “

Mian joins Calgary’s first female mayor, Jyoti Gondek, previously Ward 3 councilor, as well as a high turnover council. Three incumbents were elected in 14 districts.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 19, 2021.

Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Robert J. King