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Kamloops company makes its Dragons' Den debut this week

From left to right, Jim Flux, Kyle Flux, Monique Vek and Evan Flux pose in front of a "Dragons' Den" poster while they auditioned for the TV show in Toronto.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Monique Vek
October 03, 2017 - 11:57 AM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops woman who has been designing athletic wear and tackling a tough subject will appear on the small screen this week.

Monique Vek, who owns M Sport 6, says she and her son Kyle Flux will be on the Thursday, Oct. 5, episode of the TV show "Dragons' Den" pitching their breathable athletic wear, which is also aimed at helping women going through menopause deal with hot flashes.

Vek and her family flew to Toronto earlier this year to try out for the show. 

M Sport 6 was created by Vek about three years ago, when the equestrian found wearing a western shirt while riding in the summer was too hot, and thought she would be more comfortable in her cycling jersey.

After athletes from non-equestrian sports started purchasing the breathable athletic wear, she also discovered women were purchasing the shirts to help them deal with menopause.

"Women had hot flashes and used the shirts for that," Vek told in April. "I’m thinking, just business-wise – what a wicked market."

Vek said the shirts are still marketed as athletic wear and always will be, but she hopes bringing the idea of menopausal wear to TV will help break the stigma.

The episode of "Dragons' Den" Vek will be appearing in airs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5 on CBC television.

Monique Vek, creator of local company M Sport 6, stands with her son Kyle Flux as they audition for the CBC TV show
Monique Vek, creator of local company M Sport 6, stands with her son Kyle Flux as they audition for the CBC TV show "Dragons' Den".
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Monique Vek

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