Four UVic Athletes to Compete at London 2012

EDMONTON (ISN) – As the London 2012 Summer Olympics approach, the Canada West Universities Athletic Association continues to educate and develop elite, world-class athletes, 21 of whom are heading to London to compete in the Games.

When the Games of the XXX Olympiad open on July 27th in London, England there will be a strong Canada West presence as 21 current or former student-athletes represent their country during the 17-day event. There will be 20 members with the Canadian Olympic team and one member-turned-coach with the United States delegation.

Among the group are athletes from UBC (7), University of Calgary (4), University of Victoria (4), University of Lethbridge (3), two from the University of Alberta, one from the University of Regina and one from the University of Saskatchewan.

Listed twice on the list is USA wrestler Ali Bernard, now a coach with Alberta after winning five CIS gold medals in her career with the Regina Cougars and Alberta Pandas. By sport, swimming represents the largest contingent as 14 current or former conference stars have qualified, including lone Canada West Paralympic qualifier Zach McAllister from the Lethbridge Pronghorns. Four have qualified in athletics, topped by 2007 BLG Award winner, current Canadian heptathlon record-holder and Calgary Dinos graduate Jessica Zelinka, along with ITU Triathlon race winner Paula Findlay out of Alberta. Former Dino Leah Callahan of Canada will wrestle for Canada in the same weight class as Bernard (72 kg). Kaylyn Kyle from Saskatchewan is the lone women’s soccer player from Canada West.

The 21 Canada West student-athletes who have qualified for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, July 27-August 12 (with event, Canada West seasons):

Alberta (2)

*Ali Bernard, U.S. Olympic team wrestling (72 kg / 158.5 lbs.), 2009-10 (athlete) & 2010-present (coach)

Paula Findlay, athletics (triathlon), 2007-09

UBC (7)

Scott Dickens, swimming (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, medley relay), 2004-07, 2008-09

Brent Hayden, swimming (50 free, 100 free, 4×100 free relay), 2001-03

Savannah King, swimming (400 & 800 free), 2010-present

Tommy Gossland, swimming (4×100 free relay), 2007-12

Heather MacLean, swimming (4×100 free relay), 2010-present

Martha McCabe, swimming (200 breaststroke), 2007-12

Tera Van Beilen, swimming (100 & 200 breaststroke), 2011-present

Calgary (4)

Leah Callahan, wrestling (72 kg), 2007-11

Erica Morningstar, swimming (200 IM), 2009-present

Amanda Reason, swimming (4×200 free), 2011-present

Jessica Zelinka, athletics (heptathlon, 100m hurdles), 2004-07

Lethbridge (3)

Jim Steacy, athletics (hammer throw), 2003-05, 2007, 2009

Heather Steacy, athletics (hammer throw), 2007-09, 2011

Zach McAllister, Paralympic swimmer, 2012

Regina (1)

*Ali Bernard, U.S. Olympic team wrestling (72 kg / 158.5 lbs.), 2004-07

Saskatchewan (1)

Kaylyn Kyle, women’s soccer, 2006-07

Victoria (4)

Hilary Cadwell, swimming (200 backstroke), 2010-11

Ryan Cochrane, swimming (400, 1500), 2010-11

Stephanie Horner, swimming (400 IM), 2010-11

Richard Weinberger, swimming (10km marathon swim), 2010-11