KITCHENER — Chelsea Aubry went to Europe looking to unwind on a long vacation after a historic performance at the London 2012 Olympics.
But a thief in Rome has left her with little more than memories from her role with the first Canadian women’s basketball team at the Games since 2000.
On Monday, the Kitchener-raised athlete had all of her Olympic gear stolen out of the trunk of her rental car while sightseeing near the Vatican City.
They took everything she had — the Team Canada jacket the 28-year-old wore at the closing ceremonies, the basketball gear she competed in, her Olympic athlete’s pass, sneakers, clothes and jewelry, including a special gold London Olympics charm.
“All they have left is literally what they have on their backs,” said Shelley Aubry, Chelsea’s mother.
“All of the Olympic stuff she had with her was there. She can replace a lot of that stuff, but she can’t replace the Olympic stuff. I’m just sick about it.”
Aubry and her Australian boyfriend reported the theft to police in Rome, her mother said, but aren’t holding out much hope for a happy ending. They replaced their rental car with its smashed window and left the city soon after.
“I’m not sure she’ll ever see any of it again,” her mother said. “The police basically laughed at them.”
The pair still have another two weeks to spend in Europe before flying to Australia, where Aubry has played professionally since 2009.
The 10-year veteran of the Canadian senior women’s basketball team had planned to use the vacation to consider her next move — including possibly retiring from the national team, and whether she’d play another season with Australia’s Bendigo Spirit.
After hearing about the theft, Basketball Canada said they would replace the team gear that was stolen. The Canadian Olympic Committee said it would help however it could to replace the Canada jacket and other items given to Olympians.