Follow CIS athletes at the London Olympics (UPDATED August 10th)


Click the links below to read about CIS athletes road tothe Olympics:

1.CanadaWest sends 21 student-athletes to London 2012Olympics

2.Lethbridge ‘Horns to be Well Represented inLondon

3.NineVictoria Vikes athletes bound for London Games

4.OLYMPIC PROFILE: Medal hopeful Tera VanBeilen is ready to surprise everyone

5.Fiveformer Brock student-athletes Olympic bound

6.Dalhousie’s David Sharpe headed to LondonOlympics

7.FormerManitoba Bison Desiree Scott named as part of Canada women’ssoccer team nominated roster for London 2012 SummerOlympics

8.Swimming: CIS produces over half of CanadianOlympic roster

9. Olympic breakthrough forOttawa Gee-Gee Segun Makinde

10. UofC Alumni Associationsupports Zelinka’s Olympic quest

11. Follow Universityof Calgary Olympians with ‘Postcards fromLondon’

12.Fourteen McGillians headed to SummerOlympics

13.London-bound: Gee-Gee Makinde to take his mark on theOlympic stage

14.Followthe University of Toronto Varsity Blues at the 2012 OlympicGames

15.SummerOlympic Games get a taste of McMaster

16. Windsor head coachVallée to work as CTV basketball analyst at LondonOlympics

17. Local Olympian returnsfor Highland Games (StFX’s Eric Gillis)

18.EightQueen’s alumni set for London 2012 Olympics

19. Former Bison DesireeScott hits milestone with 50 appearances with Canada women’ssoccer team during third match at London 2012 SummerOlympics

20.UBC’sBrent Hayden Wins Olympic Bronze Medal

21. McGill swim gradPoon misses medal round in 50 free

22. Former Bison DesireeScott wins Olympic bronze medal with Canada women’s soccerteam after 1-0 victory over France in bronze medal match at London2012 Summer Olympics

23.BrockUniversity’s Verbeek captures Olympic silver

24. UVic swimmer RichardWeinberger earned Olympic bronze in the men’s open water 10-kmmarathon swim


Canada West sends 21 student-athletes toLondon 2012 Olympics

Source: Canada West Communications

EDMONTON – As the London 2012 Summer Olympics approach, theCanada West Universities Athletic Association continues to educateand develop elite, world-class athletes.

When the Games of the XXX Olympiad open on July 27th in London,England there will be a strong Canada West presence as 22 currentor former student-athletes represent their country during the17-day event. There will be 21 members with the Canadian Olympicteam and one member-turned-coach with the United Statesdelegation.

Among the group are athletes from UBC (7), University ofVictoria (4), University of Calgary (4), University of Lethbridge(3), two from the University of Alberta, one each from theUniversity of Manitoba, University of Regina and University ofSaskatchewan.

Listed twice on the list is USA wrestler Ali Bernard, now acoach with Alberta after winning five CIS gold medals in her careerwith the Regina Cougars and Alberta Pandas. By sport, swimmingrepresents the largest contingent as 14 current or formerconference stars have qualified, including lone Canada WestParalympic qualifier Zach McAllister from the LethbridgePronghorns. Four have qualified in athletics, topped by 2007 BLGAward winner, current Canadian heptathlon record-holder and CalgaryDinos graduate Jessica Zelinka, along with ITU Triathlon racewinner Paula Findlay out of Alberta. Two members of thewomen’s soccer team previously played in Canada West, whileformer Dino Leah Callahan of Canada will wrestle for Canada in thesame weight class as Bernard (72 kg).

The 22 Canada West student-athletes who have qualified for theLondon 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, medleyrelay), 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

Manitoba (1)
Desiree Scott, women’s soccer, 2005-06 to 2009-10

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

*competed for two Canada West schools, member of U.S. OlympicTeam /

About Canada West Universities AthleticAssociation
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the fourconferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning atleast 10 CIS national titles every year, 1997 to 2010. Comprised of16 schools from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Albertaand British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major awardwinners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, withmany going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leaguesor events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games.“cwuaa” on Twitter.


‘Horns to be Well Represented inLondon

Source: Lethbridge Sports Info

Lethbridge – As the Olympic and Paralympic games approachin London, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns will be wellrepresented with three athletes and a coach set to representCanada.

Former Pronghorn track stars Jim and Heather Steacy along withtheir coach Larry Steinke will head to London for the 30thOlympiad, while 19 year-old Zack McAllister will compete in theParalympics.

For Jim Steacy, who went undefeated during his university careerin the weight throw, it will be his second appearance at theOlympics. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Jim qualified for thefinals in the hammer throw and finished 12th with a throw of 75.72metres.

“Having the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Gamesonce in my career was a dream come true, so getting to representCanada in London at my 2nd Olympic Games is more than I could haveever hoped for when I started throwing 13 years ago,” saidJim Steacy.

“This time around will be much less overwhelming, butit’s still an experience that will be very intense. Ican’t wait to get to London and put on the red and whitejersey again. It will be a tremendous honour to represent myfamily, friends, the community of Lethbridge and all of Canada onthe biggest sporting stage in the world.”

The Canadian record holder and eight-time Canadian champion inthe hammer throw won five Canada West and five CIS weight throwtitles in his Pronghorn career and was never defeated at theUniversity level.

The qualifying round for the men’s hammer throw will beAugust 3rd with the finals going two days later.

Coming off her second consecutive Canadian hammer throw title,Heather Steacy makes her first appearance at the Olympic Games inthe Hammer throw.

Last season, Heather qualified for her first World Championship,competing in Daegu, Korea. She finished 14th in her qualifyinggroup but has taken another huge step forward this season setting anew personal best with a throw of 72.16 metres.

In four seasons as a Horn, Heather won four Canada West weightthrow titles to go along with two CIS gold, one silver and onebronze medal.

“I am really looking forward to competing in London, and Iam very grateful to have had the opportunity to grow as an athletewithout having to leave home,” said the youngest Steacy.“Having the community and the U of L behind me pretty wellfrom the get go has been hugely important and I really appreciateit.”

“I think it’s finally going to set in once I finallyget off the plane and head into the village that I am actually anOlympian.”

“I’m super excited to get there and have theprivilege of putting on the uniform to compete. I don’t feellike I can have expectations going into the Olympics without havingexperienced it before, but I am hoping to throw a personal best andmake the finals.”

Heather will step on the track for the qualifying round August8th and the finals will be held August 10th.

McAllister joined the ‘Horns swimming program this pastJanuary after graduating from LCI. He has come up through theLethbridge Amateur Swim Club (LASC). He will be representing Canadaat the Paralympic Games, Aug. 29 to Sept. 9 in London.

The Canadian record holder in the men’s S8 400-metrefreestyle event, McAllister earned his spot on the Paralympic Gamesteam by swimming his personal best and Canadian record time of fourminutes, 49 seconds at the Olympic Trials in Montreal thisspring.

McAllister represented Canada at the Para Pan American Games inGuadalajara, Mex. in fall 2011, and after enrolling at theUniversity of Lethbridge in January 2012, attended meets in LosAngeles, Colorado and Sheffield, England. McAllister’sdisability is a condition by which he has too many bones in hislimbs, thereby restricting growth and range of motion in both hisarms and legs.

The Pronghorn track and field head coach for 12 seasons, LarrySteinke is the National Event Coach for throws and has representedCanada in this capacity since the 2007 Pan Am games. This will beSteinke’s second trip to the Olympics as a coach and has alsorepresented Canada as a coach at two World Championships (2009,2011), Commonwealth Games (2010) and World Junior Championships(2010).

In addition to coaching the Steacy siblings, Elizabeth Gleadle,who qualified for London in the Javelin throw, moved to Lethbridgespecifically to train under the guidance of Steinke.


Nine Vikes athletes bound for LondonGames

Source: Victoria Sports Info

Several athletes from the University of Victoria Vikes athleticsprogram have moved on to compete for Canada on the internationalstage. Over 150 Vikes athletes in a wide range of sports havecompeted for Canada, amassing 37 gold, 19 silver and 8 bronzemedals in Olympic and Paralympic competition.

This summer, several Vikes alumni in the sports of rowing andswimming will again represent both the University of Victoria, aswell as Canada. UVic rowers alone have totaled 94 medals since the1976 Olympics in Montreal.

The London Olympics are set for Jul 27-Aug 12, with rowingand swimming scheduled for the first two weeks of competition.

In rowing, Canada’s women’s eight finishing 300thof a second behind gold medalists, the United States, at the 2012World Cup, hosted in Lucerne Switzerland. The second place finishin 2012 and at the 2011 World Rowing Championship was good for aqualifying spot to London. Rowing veterans and Vikes alumnaeRachelle Viinberg (nee de Jong) and Darcy Marquardt, will be two ofthe names on the list to go. Marquardt will be looking forredemption this year after coming just shy of a medal in thewomen’s pair in 2004 and the women’s eight in 2008.Viinberg is also no stranger to the Olympic stage, after capturingeighth place at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

London-bound rower Lindsay Jennerich is expected to pace thelightweight doubles race this year. Jennerich had top-twoperformances at the World Rowing Championships, finishing first in2010 and second in 2011. The Victoria-native qualified for thisyear’s Olympics at the 2011 World Rowing Championships inBled, Slovenia, racing 7:03:74 behind Australia (7:03:25).

The 2012 Canadian men’s eight, typical medalfavourites, will include Vikes alumni Gabe Bergen and Doug Csima.Both helped the eight to set a new world record in a time of5:19.35 during their heat race at the 2012 World Cup in LucerneSwitzerland. In the final, the eight went on to capture the bronzemedal and qualify for London. Both Bergan and Csima were also inthe crew that placed fourth at the 2010 World Cup and eighth at the2011 World Cup.

Also a 2012 Olympic medalist hopeful is 2008 Beijing bronzemedalist and 2010 CIS swimming rookie of the year Ryan Cochrane.The 23-year-old qualified for London in the 1500-m during 2011 FINAWorld Championships and secured his spot for the 1500-m andadditionally the 400-m freestyle at the 2012 Olympic swim trials inMontreal.

Vikes alumna Hilary Caldwell earned her spot to London afterplacing second in the women’s 200-metre backstroke also atthe 2012 Olympic swim trials. Caldwell touched in at a time of2:19.14, meeting the Olympic standards. This will beCaldwell’s first Olympic nomination.

Stephanie Horner will compete in her second Olympics in the400-m individual medley after cruising to victory in 4:42.25 at the2012 Olympic trials.

Open water swimmer, Richard Weinberger, won the London 10kmMarathon Swimming International, the test event for the Olympicgames. Weinberger won by a margin of 26 seconds, soundly beatingsecond place Olympic favourite Thomas Lurz of Germany. Weinbergerwas also the champion at the 2011 Pan American Games, winning the10-km open water event in 1:57.31. Weinberger qualified for Londonafter winning the silver medal at the FINA Olympic Marathonqualifier on Jun. 10 in Portugal. This will be Weinberger’sfirst Olympic nomination.

The 2012 summer Olympic games are set to take place from Jul27-Aug 12. For more information visit


OLYMPIC PROFILE: Medalhopeful Tera Van Beilen is ready to surpriseeveryone Source: Gudrun Jonsdottir (UBC PublicAffairs)
Tera VanBeilen has been getting multiple interview requests aweek since she made the Canadian Olympic swimming team four monthsago. That was days after her 19th birthday.

“People even ask me for autographs,” says Van Beilen,one of UBC’s student-athletes going to London this summer.“It’s all so crazy and surreal, I can’t believe it’s actuallymy life.” Van Beilen came to UBC last year tostudy kinesiology and to swim. Even though she now considersherself a UBC athlete, she will always be a representative of herhometown of Oakville, Ontario. “It’s kind of weird, they kindof just want to own me everywhere,” she says.

Her swim for an Olympic medal wasn’t supposed to happen this yearand for that, she credits UBC.

“It’s really all thanks to training with my coach Jozsef Nagyand being in the Aquatic Centre here in Vancouver,” says VanBeilen, who notes that UBC’s reputation as a swimming powerhouse isliving up to her expectations.

The life of a world-class swimmer has its ups and downs, as VanBeilen describes her daily routine just weeks before the big event.Four times a week she has practices early in the morning, aroundlunchtime and in the evening; in between, she naps.

“It’s a lot of hours a week. I don’t bother to count becauseit makes me feel like I’m crazy.”

At the end of the day, her love for swimming, and seeing how farshe has come, helps her drag her feet out of bed every morning.“I have a bigger goal in mind,” she says.

Competing at the Olympic level has given Van Beilen experiencesthat most people will never have. “Sometimes when I’m on theblocks in Australia, Europe or China, I think to myself: ‘am Iactually in this country swimming? I have such a crazy life,’ andthen the beeper goes and it is time to focus.”

Now the big event is just around the corner for Van Beilen, who isstill unsure whether both her parents will get to watch her livingher dream. She has only received one guest ticket to her eventsthus far.

“When I think about both my swim events being sold out, itmakes me a little freaked out,” she says.

When Van Beilen steps into the spotlight in London, it won’t justbe the 17,000 spectators watching, it will be the whole world.That’s a lot of pressure for a newcomer.

“I always swim well under pressure. I like the adrenaline.Nobody knows who I am so I can use that to my advantage; I cansurprise them all.” ——————————————————————————————————————————————
Five former Brock student-athletes Olympicbound

Source: Brock Sports Info

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Five former Brock Badger student-athleteswill be representing Canada at the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic andParalympic Games in London, England.

“The Olympic Games are the pinnacle event of amateur sports in theworld,” said Brock University Director of Athletics Robert Hilson.”To have these five former Brock student-athletes and alumnirepresent Canada speaks volumes about their dedication, commitmentand pursuit of excellence in sport and their everyday lives. Wewish them the best of luck as they look to capture gold inLondon.”

Tonya Verbeek (Women’s Wrestling)

Tonya Verbeek enters her third Olympic games of her illustriouscareer as she prepares for London 2012.

Verbeek won the Olympic silver medal at 55kg in Athens 2004 andfollowed that up with a bronze medal performance at the Beijing2008 Olympic Games. She was Canada’s first ever-Olympic medalist inwomen’s wrestling.

Verbeek was a three-time World Medalist capturing silver in 2011(Istanbul), bronze in 2009 (Herning) and bronze in 2005 (Budapest).She captured silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi), silverat the 2003 Pan American Games (Santo Domingo) and bronze at the2007 Pan American Games (Rio De Janeiro). Verbeek is also an11-time National Champion.

In 2002 she helped lead the Brock women’s wrestling team to theirfirst ever CIS National Championship. She was named the BrockFemale Athlete of the Year twice in 1999-00 and 2000-01.

Verbeek was a figure skater in her youth and was a one-time jumproper and a member of the Lincoln Leapers and Jump Energy team; shejumped rope for 11 years starting in Grade 11.

Marty Calder (Team Canada Wrestling Coach)

Marty Calder enters his sixth season as the head coach and 18thseason with the Brock men’s and women’s wrestlingprogram. He has coached two-time Olympian Tonya Verbeek since2000.

The former two-time Olympian (1992, 1996) and Canadian Universitywrestling standout has continued to excel in the coaching ranks, ashe has become one of the top coaches in Canada over the pastdecade.

On the international level he has had the opportunity to coachBrock Olympians Tonya Verbeek, two-time Olympic medalist, EvanMacDonald, Saeed Azarbayjani and Canadian Senior Champions JessicaMacDonald, Michelle Fazzari and Ryan Weicker. He is currently thecoach of the Canadian Men’s National Program.

Calder has been recognized by his peers in Canadian UniversitySport earning 17 Coach of the Year honours. He has been named OUAMen’s Coach of the Year five times while earning OUAWomen’s Coach of the Year four times. He has also beenrecognized at the national level earning CIS Men’s Coach ofthe Year five times and CIS Women’s Coach of the Year fourtimes.

As a student-athlete Calder won the CIAU and OUA Championship in1991-92. Since joining the team as a coach in 1994, he has beenpart of the Badgers wrestling dynasty which has won 13 Nationalcrowns including a CIS record 10 consecutive men’s titlesfrom 1998-2008 and 28 OUA Championships; 16 men and 12 women.

As a wrestler, the seven-time Senior National Champion representedCanada in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. While at Brock, Calderwas a five-time OUA champion and four-time CIAU champion and firstteam All-Canadian while leading his team to the first Nationalchampionship in school history.

He went on to win Brock Male Athlete of the Year three times. Forhis career performance he was inducted into the Brock Hall of Famein 2003 along with the first CIAU National Championship team whichhe was part of.

Originally from St. Catharines, Calder was a two-sport athletegrowing up playing lacrosse and wrestling.

Terry Paul (Senior Men’s National Rowing Coach)

Terry Paul has enjoyed a great career both as an athlete and acoach.

In 1987 as a student-athlete he led Team Canada to a bronze medalat the World University Games. In 1990 and 1991, he coxed Canada toback-to-back silver medals at the World Rowing Championships. Atthe 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Paul coxed Canada’s men’seight to a gold medal finish.

Since then, he has gained much experience as a coach in Canada withthe men’s program and with the Swiss National Team. This will behis fifth straight Olympics as a coach.

In 1993, as the coach of Team Canada, he led the Canadians to sevenmedals at the 1993 World University Games in Buffalo which includedtwo gold and five silver medals.

Terry coached the 2002 World Cup gold medalist lightweight men’sfour, and women’s double, and has been in charge of the Under-23and non-Olympic programs. In 2006, he coached the Under-23 men’seight to a gold medal and the senior coxed four to a silver medalat the World Championships.

In 2008, Terry coached the men’s pair to Olympic Silver inBeijing.

Terry rowed for the Badgers from 1983-87. He was inducted into theBrock Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.

Elisabeth Walker-Young (Assistant Chef de Mission – ParalympicGames)

In 2010 former Brock Badgers swimmer Elisabeth Walker-Young wasnamed the Assistant Chef de Mission for the London 2012 ParalympicSummer Games.

As a member of the Canadian Paralympic Swim Team for 13 years,Elisabeth competed at the 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000Sydney, and 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, winning three gold, onesilver and two bronze medals overall. Throughout her swimmingcareer, Elisabeth broke numerous Canadian and World records and wasteam captain for more than half of her career.

In addition to her extensive experience as a competitor, Elisabethalso has the professional acumen and leadership expertise in sport.She has worked in sport administration in the development stagewithin the provincial sport system and has also managedinternational projects and operations for the Vancouver 2010Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic WinterGames.

Elisabeth has been involved with the Canadian Paralympic Committeefor years as a National Team Member, as a speaker through theHeroes program, as Co-chair of the Classification Taskforce, and asa member of the Paralympic Development Committee. Leading up to theBeijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games, Elisabeth co-facilitated theteam building activities for Mission Staff and led the Diversityand Sensitivity Training session.

An NCCP certified swim coach, Elisabeth coached for one year uponher retirement from the sport. She is now a member of SwimmingNatation Canada’s ParaSwimming Coach and Athlete SelectionCommittee and guest coaches when opportunities presentthemselves.

Walker-Young was a member of the Brock Badgers swim team from 1997through 2002, winning nearly every race she competed in and setmultiple national and world records. She parlayed herdominance in the collegiate pools of Canada to great success on theinternational stage.

Jeff Dunbrack (Head Coach National Adaptive Rowing Program)

Jeff is in third year with Rowing Canada as the Lead Coach of theNational Adaptive Rowing program.

Dunbrack rowed for Brock University from 1998-2003. As astudent-athlete he helped lead the Badgers to four OUAChampionships (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003) and three CURC NationalChampionships (1999, 2002, 2003). He was named the Brock Oarsman ofthe Year in 2001-02.

In 2004 he joined the Brock coaching staff and was an assistant in2004 and 2005. In early 2005, Dunbrack became the Head Coach of theSt. Catharines Rowing Club where he held the position for twoyears.

From 2006 to 2010, Jeff served as the High Performance Coordinatorwith Wheelchair Basketball Canada. He was the Team Leader for theSilver Medal winning men’s wheelchair basketball team at the 2008Beijing Paralympic Games.

His experience in the Canadian Paralympic community combined withhis rowing background and coaching skills serve him well in hiscurrent position with the adaptive program.

This year, Jeff oversaw the first-ever World Championship gold foradaptive rowing in the LTA 4+.

The 2012 Olympic Games take place between July 27th and August12th. The 2012 Paralympic Games take place between August 29th andSeptember 9th.

Dalhousie’s David Sharpe headed to LondonOlympics

Source: Dalhousie SportsInformation

HALIFAX, N.S. – David Sharpe’s dream of becoming an Olympianbecame reality this week as he was named to the 2012 CanadianOlympic swim team heading to London.

David grew up in Halifax, NS and has been swimming for theHalifax Trojans Aquatic Club since he was seven years old. Aftergraduating from high school he choose to stay in Halifax and attendDalhousie University where he continued his training on the Tigersvarsity swim team.

A highly decorated athlete, David’s hard work has not goneunnoticed.

He currently holds six Atlantic University Sport (AUS) recordsand has been recognized by the AUS as a three-time AUS championshipswimmer of the meet, a two-time AUS male swimmer of the year and asthe 2009-10 Atlantic conference rookie of the year. David is athree-time AUS all-star and a three-time Canadian InteruniversitySport (CIS) first team all-Canadian.

In the past three years competing for the Tigers, David hasearned 14 AUS titles and three gold, three silver and two bronzeCIS medals.

Earlier this year at the Olympic Trials in Montreal David earnedan Olympic nomination with a 1:58:81 victory in the 200m butterfly,only .02 seconds ahead of second place. Since that race he has beenpatiently waiting while swimmers around the world complete theirtime trials before he could be officially named an Olympiccompetitor.

David says, “I knew I would be finding out on Saturday and whenmy coach Aaron (Maszko) finally called I got pretty excited. I lookforward to competing and hope to set a new best time.”

No stranger to national level events, David represented Canadaat the 2009 and 2011 Universiade Games and has previouslyparticipated in Canada Games and the Eastern CanadianChampionship.

This is an historical event as David is the first male and onlythe third ever Nova Scotian to attend the Olympics in swimming(Nancy Garapick was the first in 1976 and Marie Moore was thesecond in 1984).

Swim Nova Scotia President Sue Jackson says, “This is excitingfor swimming in Nova Scotia. The Olympics is the ultimate goal nowto have one of our own go is incredible. This story shows the youngones that dreams come true.”

David is a third-year student in Dalhousie’s science program andis working on a major in mathematics.

Former Bison Desiree Scott named as part ofCanada women’s soccer team nominated roster for London 2012Summer Olympics
Scott earns first-ever spot on Olympic squad as one of 18 playersselected

Source: Manitoba Sports Info

The Canadian Soccer Association has nominated its roster for theLondon 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Canadian headcoach John Herdman has selected 18 players that will join TeamCanada for the London 2012 Summer Olympics and former ManitobaBisons player and Bison coach Desiree Scott was one of the playersnamed to the women’s soccer team.

Canada’s roster features goalkeepers Karina LeBlanc and ErinMcLeod, defenders Candace Chapman, Carmelina Moscato, Emily Zurrer,Robyn Gayle, Lauren Sesselmann, Chelsea Stewart and RhianWilkinson, midfielders Kaylyn Kyle, Diana Matheson, Kelly Parker,Sophie Schmidt and Desiree Scott, and forwards Jonelle Filigno,Christine Sinclair, Melissa Tancredi and Brittany Timko.

This marks Canada’s second participation in the Women’s OlympicFootball Tournament. Canada is one of 12 teams focused on a podiumresult, with the competition split into three groups of four teamsfor the group phase.

This is Scott’s first-ever selection to the nationalOlympic squad. She commented after hearing the news, “I’mofficially part of the 18 player roster heading to London thissummer! I am completely honoured and blessed and honestly cannotstop smiling right now! Who would have ever thought this would bepossible.”

The Winnipeg native has gained vast experience with the Canadiannational team over the last four years as she has 43 caps(appearances) for Team Canada so far. Her national resume includes:Canada Soccer Female Player of the Month for January 2012 afterhelping Canada qualify for the London 2012 Women’s OlympicFootball Tournament while earning three-straight “Player ofthe Match” honours; started four of five games (played in allfive) and started both of the playoff matches at the 2012 Pan AmGames, which Canada won gold; she became the first Manitoba-trainedplayer to participate in a FIFA Women’s World Cup – the world’sbiggest women’s sporting event. Scott played in two 2011 World Cupgames, after being selected to the 21 player roster; Scott playedfor Canada in back-to-back wins at the Cyprus Women’s Cup in2011 and 2010 plus part of two CONCACAF championships (gold in 2010and silver).

The 2009-10 Bison Sports Female Athlete of the Year, Scott madea huge imprint on the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer programas a player during her illustrious five-year career (2005-09). Sheearned four total conference All-Star recognition (First Team:2008, 2009; Second Team: 2005, 2006) along with being named 2005Canada West Rookie of the Year plus 2009, 2008 CIS First TeamAll-Canadian. The midfielder registered the most points and assistsin a Bison career with 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists) in 64conference regular season games. Scott also was part of the Bisonwomen’s soccer coaching staff during the 2011 season.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Canada faces Japan on 25 July inCoventry, South Africa on 28 July in Coventry, and Sweden on 31July in Newcastle. Both Japan (champion) and Sweden (bronze) weremedal winners at the most recent FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany2011.

Either two or three teams will advance from each group, witheight teams participating in the quarter-final phase. Thequarter-final matches are on 3 August, the semi-final matches areon 6 August, and the final medal matches are on 9 August.

CIS produces over half of Canadian Olympicroster

OTTAWA (CIS) – The Canadian Olympic swimming trials cameto an end on Sunday in Montreal with 31 athletes being nominatedfor the 2012 Summer Games. Of the group, no less than 17 arecurrent or former CIS swimmers.

Highlighting the list of Canadian university standouts whobooked their ticket for London are University of British Columbiateammates Savannah King (400-800 freestyle) and Tommy Gossland(4×100 free relay), the reigning CIS female and male swimmers ofthe year.

Other CIS stars past and present who claimed an Olympic berthover the last six days include UBC’s Heather MacLean (4x100free), Martha McCabe (200 breaststroke), Tera Van Beilen (100-200breast), Scott Dickens (100-200 breast, 4×100 medley) and BrentHayden (50-100 free, 4×100 free); Victoria’s Hilary Caldwell(200 backstroke), Stephanie Horner (400 IM) and Ryan Cochrane (400free, 1500 free); Calgary’s Erica Morningstar (200 IM) andAmanda Reason (4×200 free); as well as Montreal’s AudreyLacroix (200 butterfly), McGill’s Victoria Poon (50 free,4×100 free), Guelph’s Andrew Ford (200 IM), Toronto’sColin Russell (4×100 free) and Dalhousie’s David Sharpe (200fly).

Eight of the 17 London-bound CIS swimmers have previous Olympicexperience, including King (2008), Morningstar (2008), Lacroix(2008), Poon (2008), Dickens (2004), Hayden (2004, 2008), Cochrane(2008) and Russell (2008).

Cochrane, who earned CIS swimmer-of-the-year honours with theVikes in 2010-11, won Canada’s lone swimming medal at the2008 Olympics in Beijing with a bronze in the 1,500metres.

McCabe, Morningstar, Dickens and Russell have also been namedCIS MVP during their career.

The 31-member Olympic roster is Canada’s largest swimmingcontingent since 2000 and four more than in 2008. The swimmingcompetition in London will run from July 28 to August 4.

TRIAL NOTES: On Saturday, Van Beilen (2:24.03) and McCabe(2:24.81) swam the second and third fastest times in the world thisyear in the women’s 200 breaststroke… McCabe claimed bronzein the event at the 2011 FINA world championships in Shanghai.

Olympic breakthrough for Gee-Gee SegunMakinde

Source: Ottawa Sports Info

Following the conclusion of the 2012 Canadian Track and FieldTrials, Athletics Canada named their list of athletes who are boundfor the London Olympic Games. Third year uOttawa Finance studentOluwasegun Makinde, known as Segun, was named as one of the membersof Canada’s 4x100m Olympic relay team after he captured a nationalsilver medal in the 200m.

Segun and his younger brother Tolu, who also competes with theGee-Gees track and field team, attended Colonel By Seconday Schoolin Ottawa. Both brothers were members of the double-gold winninguOttawa relay team at the 2012 CIS Track and Field Championships.Segun won this year’s OUA gold medal in the 300m, but slipped to5th at the CIS Championships.

Makinde, who is coached by five-time Olympian Glenroy Gilbert,is already an experienced international competitor. He representedCanada at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2008, and more recentlycame fifth in the 200m at the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen,China last September.


UofC Alumni Association supportsZelinka’s Olympic quest

Source: Erin Mason, University of Calgary Alumnioffice

CALGARY – When alumna and Canadian heptathlon and hurdlingchampion Jessica Zelinka takes aim at an Olympic medal in Londonlater this month, she’ll have her family and her countrycheering for her, and special support from the University ofCalgary Alumni Association.

Zelinka’s 2012 Canadian Track and Field Trials race bibwas auctioned on Twitter last week to raise money to send herhusband, fellow University of Calgary graduate Nathaniel Miller,and their daughter, Anika, to London. When the auction concluded,the University of Calgary Alumni Association stood beside Zelinkawith the winning bid in hand.

“Jessica is a very special alumna, a former Dino, and a seriousmedal contender in London,” said University of Calgary AlumniAssociation President Ken McKinnon. “This was a tremendous chanceto support one of our own alumni and her family. The AlumniAssociation is behind Jessica all the way. We’re so proud ofher.”

The London, Ont. native remains one of the most decorated Dinosstudent-athletes in history after graduating with a BA in 2007. Atwo-time University of Calgary female athlete of the year (2003,2007), Zelinka also won the BLG Award as the top femalestudent-athlete in CIS in 2007 – a year that saw her record severalrecord performances.

Winning five gold medals, including a still-standing CIS recordin the pentathlon with 4,380 points, she scored 58 of the team’s103 points as the Dinos captured the 2007 CIS women’s track andfield team title. She was a three-time CIS female track athlete ofthe year and won Athletics Canada’s Fred Tees Trophy as the topCanadian track and field athlete enrolled at a Canadian universitythree times during her varsity career.

Now, she’s among the top female athletes that Canada is sendingto London for this summer’s Olympic Games.

Zelinka’s first Olympic quest was Beijing in 2008 when shefinished fifth in the world in the heptathlon. The chance to pursueher Olympic dreams came true yet again this past Canada Day weekendwith a Canadian heptathlon title and national record, as well as a12.68-second first-place finish in a world-class 100-metre hurdlesfield to qualify for both events in London.

“I wanted the community to get behind this auction,” saidZelinka. “I was so glad the Alumni Association saw the opportunityto step in and support me. It’s so fitting and it means a lot.”

Zelinka is London-bound this Friday and will start hercompetition Aug. 3 in the two-day heptathlon, with the 100-metrehurdles to be held a few days later on Aug. 6 and 7.

She’ll have a busy schedule, but Zelinka is excited to share theOlympic experience with her family, especially her youngdaughter.

“I can’t wait to see their faces,” she said.

The Alumni Association and entire University of Calgarycommunity will be rooting her on from home.

The University of Calgary Alumni Association is committed tobuilding a rich and vibrant support network amongst graduates ofthe University of Calgary. For more information, please


Follow University ofCalgary Olympians with ‘Postcards from London’

Source: Calgary Sports Info

CALGARY – The final countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Gamesis well underway, and more than a half-dozen members of theUniversity of Calgary family are getting ready to show the worldwhat they are made of.

And you can track them all with today’s launch of our Postcardsfrom London website, which offers bios, schedules, twitter handles,stories and snapshots from overseas.

Of the group, four are current or former Dinos student-athleteswho continue a long tradition of Olympic success which includes 11medal-winning performances. CLICK HERE to view the Dinos’ Olympichistory.

First to step onto the world stage in London – on July 27– will be national champion gymnast Nathan Gafuik forqualification events. While taking part in all disciplines,Gafuik’s specialty is the high bar and he is a medal hopeful in acompetition that is wide open.

Gafuik practically grew up on the University of Calgary campus– his mother has worked at the university for nearly all ofNathan’s life – and he continues to train at the university’sgymnastics centre.

Swimmer Erica Morningstar has her heats in the 200-metreindividual medley July 31. This is her second Olympic Games, andMorningstar has spent the past four years working toward a spot onthe podium.

“Last time, it was about going to compete and getting intothe semi-finals and finals,” she said. “This time, Iwant to win a medal and I want to win it badly.”

Fellow Dinos swimmer Amanda Reason will form part of theCanadian team for the women’s 4×200-metre freestyle relay Aug. 1.The squad is looking to upset the strong U.S., Chinese andAustralian teams.

The track and field competition traditionally begins in thesecond week of the Olympic Games, and that is when University ofCalgary alumna Jessica Zelinka will attempt to improve on herfifth-place finish in the heptathlon at the Beijing 2008 Games. Sheis in good form, having set a new the Canadian record of 6599points at this month’s Canadian Olympic trials. A similarperformance will put her in strong medal contention.

Zelinka will also contest the 100-metre hurdles after a surprisewin at the trials.

Two big names from the Dinos wrestling program round out thecampus-connected competitors late in the second week of the Games.Reigning gold medalist Carol Huynh will attempt defend her title inthe women’s freestyle 48-kilogram class. Currently an assistantcoach in the Dinos program, Huynh could become the first CanadianOlympian to win consecutive gold medals in the same event.

Recent University of Calgary graduate Leah Callahan, athree-time CIS national champion between 2009 and 2011, will lookto add an Olympic gold medal to her trophy cabinet in the72-kilogram freestyle class.

Incoming law student Inaki Gomez will be competing in the speedwalking on Aug. 4, and cyclist Clara Hughes is taking part in boththe road race and time trials as the former fine arts studentattempts to add to her Winter and Summer Games medalcollection.

The exploits of these athletes will be closely followed by theirmany supporters at the University of Calgary – a task madeeasier with the launch of our Postcards from London site.


LONDON CALLING: Fourteen McGilliansheaded to Summer Olympics

Source: McGill Sports Info

MONTREAL – A 14-member entourage from McGill University,including six athletes, is headed to London for the Summer OlympicGames, July 27 to Aug. 14.

Among the McGill graduates participating as athletes are formerRedmen rowers Doug Vandor (BSc ’98; MSc Experimental Surgery, ’02)of Dewittville, Que., and Derek O’Farrell (BSc, Physiology, ’07), anative of Toronto who resides in Montreal.

Former Martlet swimmer Victoria Poon (BSc Kinesiology, ’10) willbe competing, along with ex-Martlet volleyball starMarie-Andrée Lessard (BCom ’01) who will be in the beachvolleyball competition. Both hail from LaSalle, Que.

Also going is Martine Dugrenier of Laval, Que.. a McGill grad(BEd ’08) who wrestled at Concordia. The sixth Olympian is Montrealnative Jo-Annie Fortin, a synchronized swimmer who was recentlyadmitted to McGill and will be a psychology freshman inSeptember.

Among the coaches and officials heading to England are a numberof former prominent McGill athletes, including IOC member RichardPound (swimmer, BCom’62, BCL’67) of Montreal and IOC director oflegal affairs Howard Stupp (wrestler, BEng’78, LLB’83, BCL’83) ofLaval, Que., in addition to modern pentathlon coach John Hawes(swimmer, BSc ’72, DipEd ’73) of Pointe Claire, Que., plus COCdirector of Olympic preparation & integrated planning DerekCovington (track & field; MA’92) of Montreal and physician Dr.Linda Thyer (track & cross-country; MDCM, 1994), who was bornin Montreal and raised in Nelson, B.C.

Rounding out the squad of McGill grads is wrestling coach VictorZilberman (MA ’79) of Cote St. Luc, Que., Dr. Suzanne Leclerc(PhD ’04) of Montreal and sports psychologist Dr. Wayne Halliwell(MA’73) of Beaconsfield, Que.

The above-mentioned athletes are among 112 McGill students orgrads that have gone on to Olympic glory over the past century.McGillians have won a combined total of 28 Olympic medals,including eight gold, nine silver and 11 bronze. Topping that listis the late Dr. Phil Edwards, a graduate from the faculty ofmedicine, who racked up five bronze medals while representingCanada at the Summer Games in Amsterdam (1928), Los Angeles (1932)and Berlin (1936).

He was the first Canadian to win medals in three Olympic Gamesand his achievement stood for 66 years until short-trackspeed-skater Marc Gagnon equalled the feat in 2002. That standardwas surpassed by Clara Hughes, who has merited medals (6) over fourdifferent Games (1996, 2002, 2006, 2010).

Six McGill students have won Olympic gold but swimmer GeorgeHodgson, who reached the top of the podium twice at Stockholm in1912, is the only one to strike gold at the Summer Games.

McGillians have fared better at the Winter Olympics with hockeygoaltender Kim St-Pierre earning gold at three Olympiads (2002 inSalt Lake City, 2006 in Turin and 2010 in Vancouver). Two of herMcGill teammates — Charline Labonté and Catherine Ward –also were part of the win in 2010, which added to the gold thatLabonté won in 2006. Freestyle skier Jennifer Heil claimedher gold at the 2006 Games.

Curious about other McGill Olympians? Read on for the names ofpast and present student athletes at McGill who have participatedin winter and summer Olympic Games.


London-bound: Gee-Gee Makinde to takehis mark on the Olympic stage

Source: Ottawa Sports Info

Despite being just 21 years of age, third-year Gee-Gees sprinterOluwasegun Makinde (Ottawa, Ont.) is a veteran competitor on theinternational stage, having first represented Canada back in 2007.That year, Makinde competed at the World Youth Championships inAthletics, and finished eighth in the 200m. Since then, Makinde hascompeted at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, the 2010 IAAF WorldJunior Championships, and the 2011 Summer Universiade where hefinished fifth in the men’s 200m event.

“It’s really cool to represent Canada on theinternational stage,” said Makinde. “Not only am Irepresenting Canada, but I’m representing Ottawa, my school,the Gee-Gees, my high school, my elementary school, even all thepeople back in my neighbourhood. I’m competing with thatknowledge and that kind of helps me run really well.”

After running at the 2012 Canadian Track and Field Trials, heldin Calgary, June 27 to 30, Makinde will now compete at the biggestinternational stage of them all, the 2012 Summer Olympics. At theTrials, Makinde ran a personal best of 20.71 seconds in the 200mevent to finish in a close second place. This excellent showing,combined with Makinde’s stellar history in sprinting andrelay events, led to his nomination to the Canadian 4x100m Olympicrelay team.

“I competed on Saturday and then I found out on the nextday during breakfast,” said Makinde about being named to theCanadian Olympic team. “They announced the whole team thereat breakfast—you went up there and got your [Olympic] jacket.It was pretty cool.”

Makinde won’t have much time to celebrate however, as hebegins his final preparations for the London Olympics. The commercestudent is hoping that his prior experiences in competing atinternational events will come in handy when he is faced withpressure-packed situations at the Olympic Games.

“I’ve competed at different international stages,with each one getting bigger and bigger, and this is kind of thebiggest stage there is, especially for our sport. All thoseexperiences coming together and knowing some of the things I didwrong, some of the things I did well, now it’s time tocombine them all together,” explained Makinde.

Like the majority of sports fans, Makinde started watching theOlympic Games when he was just a kid. While most people’sexperience with the Olympics end there—sitting in acomfortable couch in front of a television screen—Makindestarted to believe that he may be able to compete in the Olympicsone day, as the years went by.

“I remember watching the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, the 2004Olympics in Athens, and of course, the 2008 Games in Beijing. Atfirst, I just watched it because it was cool and it was fun, and Iwas just cheering for Canada and also Nigeria because I’mfrom Nigeria,” said Makinde. “But as I started to dotrack and field and got pretty good, I started thinking, ‘Iwant to be there too’, and then eventually it turned into‘I want to win an Olympic medal now.’”

Now that he is London-bound, the veteran sprinter also realizesthat there are many responsibilities that come with being anOlympic athlete—just as he looked up to the athletes whocompeted at past Olympic Games, many young, future Olympic hopefulswill now look up to Makinde as a possible role model.

“I have a responsibility, not just to lead Canada, buttowards the people who are looking up to me now. I realize thatthere are a lot of people who look up to me, especially kids, andnow I have to conduct myself like an Olympian. It’s kind oflike a job responsibility and I take that really seriously,”said Makinde.

At the London Olympic Games, Makinde will be joined by hisOttawa Lions coach Glenroy Gilbert—a former five-timeOlympian—who is the national coach for the 4x100m relay team.Ottawa Lions teammate Oluseyi Smith was also selected to the 4x100mrelay team and he will compete together with Makinde in London.

“I know some of the other guys on the team, we’vecompeted against each other in past events. Team chemistry is soimportant in relay, to know how your other member receives hisstick, how he leaves the mark—if you don’t know thosetype of things, it’s really easy for things to happen likedropping the baton,” said Makinde of the importance ofteamwork between the relay athletes.

Of course, strong team chemistry was one of the biggest reasonsbehind the Canadian 4x100m men’s relay team’s goldmedal winning performance at the 1996 Olympics. Canada has onlyever won two Olympic medals in the men’s 4x100m relayevent—this year’s squad is expected to have a shot atmaking the podium. Though Makinde will likely have chances toqualify for at least a couple more Olympic Games in the future, heis hoping to return home from his first Olympics with a medal inhis hand.

“There’s no point of going to the Olympics just tosight-see or be a spectator. I’m for sure hoping to win amedal, even though it’s my first one. That’s whatI’m training for. I’m not training to run and just havefun, I’m hoping to win, and to bring back somehardware,” said Makinde.

And for everyone from the university community who will becheering for the 4x100m Canadian men’s relay team, Makindehas a special message for them.

“A big shout out to uOttawa, because that’s myschool. I want to thank everyone at uOttawa for supporting me,especially my professors, who really helped me out in accommodatingmy travels this year.”


Follow the University of TorontoVarsity Blues at the 2012 Olympic Games

Source: Toronto Sports Info

TORONTO – Check back for up-to-date information and results onthe 11 athletes and three staff members that are set to representthe University of Toronto and their respective countries at the2012 Olympic Games in London (July 27-August 12).


Summer Olympic Games get a taste ofMcMaster

Source: McMaster Sports Info

The world’s largest sports competition, the Summer OlympicGames, is set for London, England from July 27 to August 12,2012.

Making the trip to the UK for this summer’s Olympics areseveral members of the McMaster Athletics and Recreation family,who will be representing the university as well as the Canadianteam, both in competition and behind the scenes.

The Canadian women’s basketball team recently qualified forthe Summer Games, marking Canada’s return to Olympiccompetition for the first time since 2000. Members of the Canadianstaff are assistant coach Lisa Thomaidis and team manager AnneMarie Thuss.

Thomaidis is a McMaster alumna who played five great seasons in theMaroon & Grey, being named an OUA All-Star three times. Sheserved as an assistant coach under present Mac mentor TheresaBurns, and she is currently the head coach at the University ofSaskatchewan. In 2006, Thomaidis was inducted into the McMasterAthletic Hall of Fame.

A current assistant coach with the Marauder women’sbasketball team, Thuss has been on the McMaster staff since 2001and spent one year as the team’s interim head coach. She hasbeen involved with the Canadian national team program for severalyears, and said being part of the Olympic qualifying experience wasa very emotional time. “To have been part of this journey forthe past 10 years with these remarkable women through qualificationtournaments, Pan Am championships and World championships, it isfitting that their commitment to work hard for each other and theircountry has earned them a berth in the Olympics this summer,”said Thuss. “Nothing was more fitting then to have the teamqualify on Canada Day in Ankara, Turkey and it was emotional on somany different levels for many of us.”

Heading to London as the head athletic therapist for the Canadianbeach volleyball team is Colleen Cupido. The manager ofMcMaster’s David Braley Sports Injury and RehabilitationClinic, Cupido has been piling up the air miles as she was inMexico for a recent Olympic qualifying event that saw Canada win inboth men’s and women’s competition and qualify for thesummer games. A former national team athlete herself, Cupido saysthe Olympics represent the pinnacle of achievement withinone’s sport. “Having the opportunity to wear theCanadian flag while representing our country in the Olympic Gamesis a dream come true for me and all the members of our NationalBeach Volleyball delegation,” said Cupido before leaving forLondon. “I feel both honored and privileged to be a part ofthe team in the role as Chief Therapist, and I will cherish myOlympic experience forever.”

Also joining the Sports Medicine staff for the Canadian Olympicdelegation is Tara Baker, who will be serving as a physiotherapistfor the Canadian mountain bike team. Baker holds Bachelor ofKinesiology and Masters of Physiotherapy degrees from McMaster andwas an employee of the Pulse Fitness Centre while completing herstudies.

A stellar competitor for the McMaster cross country team overhis varsity career, Andrew Yorke is going to the Olympics in achallenging position. Yorke was named as the team alternate forMen’s Triathlon, meaning he will only compete should one ofthe three Canadians set to go in London suffer injury or illness.Yorke commented on his status, “The Men’s triathlon goes offon August 7th. In the unfortunate circumstance that someone wasinjured I would race at the games as a team concept racer, aidingmy fellow Canadians on the swim and bike portions of the race andthen free to race for myself on the run.”

Despite being in the difficult position of alternate, Yorke isdetermined to get the most out of his exposure to the world’sbiggest sports festival. “Getting named to Team Canada was anexhilarating feeling. Not many athletes ever get the opportunity toparticipate, even in a small role, at a major games so I feel veryfortunate that Triathlon Canada has recognized my hard work bynaming me to the team,” said Yorke. “My goal has alwaysbeen to challenge for a high placing at the Olympics in 2016 and Isee this as a stepping stone to realizing my ultimate dream fouryears from now. My coach Barrie Shepley (Mac alumni) has instilleda belief that I could compete with the best in the world one day,and I have to thank him for all of the support he has and continuesto give me.”

One of Yorke’s teammates on the Canadian Triathlon team isdecorated Olympian Simon Whitfield, who was recently named asCanada’s Flag Bearer for the Opening Ceremonies. Taking noteof Yorke’s vast improvement over the last year, Whitfield hasmade McMaster a second training base in preparation for the LondonGames. The native of B.C. has been training extensively withMcMaster Swim Coach Andrew Cole, and Rory Sneyd and Paula Schnurrfrom the Mac Cross Country team. Already a Gold (2000 in Sydney)and Silver (2008 in Beijing) Olympic medalist, any successWhitfield has in London will have a tint of Maroon to go along withit.

Among the medal favourites in London will be the Canadianmen’s eights rowing crew, featuring McMaster alumni DougCsima and Jerry Brown. The Canadian men’s eight won the lastOlympic Gold medal at the 2008 games in Beijing, and set the worldrecord over 2000-metres at a regatta in Switzerland last May toqualify for the summer games. A native of Oakville, Csima was amember of the McMaster Varsity Rowing Crew from 2003-07 and hasbeen a top performer for Hamilton’s Leander Boat Club and amember of the National rowing team since 200

8; while Brown of Cobourg got started rowing a little later. Aformer offensive tackle with the Marauder football team from2004-2007, Brown did not take up the sport until 2008 and joinedthe Canadian men’s eight in 2011.

Heading to her second Olympics is alumna Donna Vakalis, who will becompeting in the Modern Pentathlon. Vakalis served as Canadian teamalternate in 2008 in Beijing, but will compete in London and entersthe Games ranked 32nd in the world. Modern Pentathlon hascompetitors engage in fencing, swimming, running, shooting, andshow jumping. New to the competition in 2012 is the introduction oflaser pistols, replacing the formerly used pellet guns.

In a recent Toronto Star article, Vakalis commented on thediversity of her event, and having to excel at five sports in oneday. “It’s learning to live with knowing youcan’t spend 100 per cent of your time just doing one thing… you hope to be a more balancing person than that, so youtry to excel at multiple things,” she said.

While not competitors in sports that are offered by CanadianInteruniversity Sport (CIS), there are three more McMaster alumnithat will be competing in London.

One of Canada’s most successful summer Olympians, kayakerAdam Van Koeverden, will be back on the water as he shoots foranother podium finish. The Oakville native and 2007 McMastergraduate won Gold and Bronze medals at the 2004 Games in Athens,and brought home a Silver medal from Beijing in 2008. He is againlisted among the favourites in his best event, the K-1 1500mrace.

Making their first appearance in Olympic competition are EquestrianDavid Marcus who will compete for Canada in Dressage, and FontHill’s Joe Veloce, who will debut on the Cycling track at thenew Olympic Velodrome.

As a event that only occurs every four years, it’s a specialtime for those involved and triathlete Andrew Yorke comments onjust how meaningful the Olympic Games are for the participants.“The Olympics are the pinnacle of our sport and competingthere justifies your sacrifices, and the sacrifices of teammates,coaches, family and friends. There is nothing more I would love todo than wear the Maple Leaf on my chest and represent Canada at theOlympics and hopefully have the chance to do something special forthe entire country.”

McMaster Athletics and Recreation wants to send best wishes to allof the Marauders heading to the biggest sporting stage in theworld, whether as competitors or as support staff that will helpour Olympians be at their best. BRING HOME THE GOLD!


Windsor head coach Vallée towork as CTV basketball analyst at London Olympics

Source: Windsor Sports Info

Windsor Lancers women’s basketball head coach Chantal Vallee hasbeen hired as a basketball analyst by CTV to help cover theCanadian Women’s Basketball portion of the Olympic Summer Games inLondon, England.

Vallee, a Montreal native and the head coach of the two-timedefending CIS women’s basketball champions will leave for London onThursday and will cover Team Canada’s games at the Olympics.

She will work along side play-by-play announcer and well knownbasketball insider Paul Jones at the Olympics.

Team Canada has been placed in Pool B for the Olympics and willplay five round robin games before the medal round begins. They’lltip-off the tournament on Saturday, July 28th at 6:15am easterntime against Russia.

Coach Vallee is very excited to be part of the Olympicexperience in London this summer.

“I am thrilled about this new adventure and for the chance toshare in the Olympic Games this year,” commented Vallee. “I’mhonoured that CTV and producer Gord Cutler has given me thisopportunity in London. It will be great exposure for our program,our university and our City to be represented on CTV during theOlympic Games. I am looking forward to this new challenge and toexperience the Olympics in a different capacity than solely aviewer and fan.”

For the complete Canadian Women’s Basketball schedule at theOlympics, see below.

Pool B – Canadian Women’s Preliminary Schedule
Sat., July 28th vs. Russia (6:15am)
Mon., July 30th vs. Great Britain (3:00pm)
Wed., August 1st vs. France (4:00am)
Fri., August 3rd vs. Brazil (9:30am)
Sun., August 5th vs. Australia (9:30am)


Local Olympian returns for HighlandGames (StFX’s Eric Gillis)

Source: Gail MacDougall, The Casketnewspaper

World caliber runner and Antigonish native Eric Gillis donnedthe kilt and participated in the Antigonish Highland Gamesfive-mile road race on July 13th. The 32-year-old, who willrepresent Canada in the marathon at next month’s Olympics inLondon, England, joined 306 runners in the annual event.

“I decided about six weeks ago that I would like to comehome and run in the Highland Games or at least be a part of theweekend,” Gillis said.

“I knew I wouldn’t go into the event to race it, but itgave me an opportunity to step back from the pressure of trainingand the expectations I have for myself heading into theOlympics.”

Gillis said he did a 90-minute workout Thursday, covering over40k, so Friday was a recovery day. “I just wanted to enjoythe crowd and just go out and run,” the accomplished athletesaid. “I’m here (Antigonish) to get a good vibe from this andtake this feeling to London with me.”

Gillis said people probably expected him to win the race, butright now the Olympics are more important than the AHG race, sofollowing his training schedule was of upmost importance. Prior torace time Gillis said he would cover the distance in 35 minutes,which is exactly what he did.

Gillis began his running career in the area, participating inNova Scotia School Athletic Federation track and cross countryevents from Grade 7 through Grade 12. Championships were notuncommon for the Bernie Chisholm-coached athlete and Gillissubsequently moved on to compete at the university level where in2003 he won the Canadian Interuniversity Sport cross countrychampionship as a member of the X-Men.

“I really enjoyed the social aspect of being on a team.Antigonish was a place I was able to train well and run well. Bothhigh school and StFX were places I felt comfortable in and bothplaces allowed me to progress. Bernie coached me on both teams andI enjoyed that.”

Gillis said Antigonish provided a solid base in schooling,socially and athletically during his teenage years and it has kepthim grounded in pursuing his goals. While offered opportunities toattend school outside Canada, Gillis said the choice to stay in thecountry and run at StFX was the right one.

“I liked being a big fish in a small pond,” Gillissaid. “I liked the extra support I got at StFX – theprogram they have for students with learning disabilities is verygood and I benefitted from that. Putting my degree first was mypriority and then athletics after that. It worked out very well forme in all aspects of my university life.”

Gillis competed in the 10,000m race in the 2008 Olympics inChina and made the decision shortly after to tackle marathonrunning.

“My coach (Dave Scott-Thomas) and I thought in 2009 weneeded a re-start and the marathon is a challenging event,”Gillis said. “It’s very different from the track. I felt thatwas the time to take a break from having to run extremely fast onthe track and it was almost like learning a new event. I had a lotof fun training for my first marathon.”

Gillis said he always knew he would eventually become a marathonrunner, but it was a long-term goal, not something he focused onday-to-day. He ran his first marathon in Houston, Texas in 2010confirming that he wanted to concentrate on the sport in theensuing years. He has run three marathons leading up to theOlympics.

“I’ve had success with the Toronto race last year and Ifeel I can take confidence from that,” he said. “Goinginto London, if I can add a bit more on, I’ll be very happy to goto the Olympics with that kind of fitness.”

Gillis has been running out of the Speed River Club in Guelph,Ont., under the direction of Scott-Thomas, since graduatiing fromuniversity.

The runner noted there were many times where running wasn’t hisfirst priority, unlike now, but added in recent years thecommitment has always been there.

He wonders how different things could have been, if he hadtravelled a different path. “A lot of fortunate things havehappened that have allowed me to keep progressing,” hesaid.

“Once I got older I realized that my success isn’tnecessarily just about the work I put into it, but I’ve also hadsome breaks and a lot of help along the way.”

Gillis said it was important to keep a positive mind frame inattaining his goals, noting there is not just one route toachieving them. He focused on finding a way, despite setbacks.

In 2009, the year following the Beijing Olympics, Gillis said hewasn’t having a great year but made the commitment to earn a spotin the London Games. “I had to step back and think of whatthe long-term goal was,” he said. “My goal was to runfast in the marathon but my focus had to be how I was going to dothat as opposed to that’s what I want to do. Don’t focus just onwhat you want in life, but rather how to achieve it. I’ve hadthousands of goals in my running career that add up and got me tothe Olympics.”

Gillis first represented Canada at the World University crosscountry championships in 2003 and has returned to the world stageon numerous occasions since. “I was pumped to be on that teambut then the first time around you think there will be many moreopportunities,” he commented.

“When I went to Beijing, which was probably the fifth timeI represented Canada, I put a lot of pressure on myself. I felt Ihad to run a certain time and it was too much pressure. It wasn’tfun.”

Gillis said the pressure heading into London is not as intenseand he is enjoying representing Canada and has a great deal ofrespect for wearing the Canadian uniform. “I like where I’mat right now and I’m treating this as another stepping stone thatwill be higher than I’ve been before.”

Gillis, who is married to former StFX runner Emily Hurst, saidit’s been a huge learning curve to adjust to familyresponsibilities. The X grads are parents to two-year-oldHeidi.

Gillis said the days of focusing just on his running career areover and credits Emily for her tremendous support. “Having afamily supporting you puts something into your running,”Gillis said.

“Heidi puts things into perspective. When I come homeafter a workout, especially if it’s not where I want it to be, shebrightens up the day. I also focus on putting a lot of effort intorunning during the time of the day I devote to running but then Ilike to turn it off when I’m at home when I’m with Emily and Heidi.In 2008, before we got married, I think I was always in thatrunning mode and that wasn’t beneficial for me or the people aroundme.”

“Even after I left Antigonish, the community and thepeople have consistently supported me both financially andotherwise,” he said.

“They continue to follow me even though I’m not living inAntigonish.” His last race in Antigonish was in 2003 as amember of the StFX cross country team.

“It’s been a while, so it’s definitely nice to beback,” he commented. “I’m 32 years old and I feel likemy best times are still out there,” He said. ” I’m stillhungry and fighting for them.”

Gillis returned to Guelph Sunday and will join forces withrunning mate Reid Coolsaet who will also represent Canada in theOlympic marathon event. A third member of the marathon team, DylanWykes, will join the pair for 10 days of preparation for thecompetition.

“Reid and I will get in a week and a half of good workoutsand then we begin bringing our taper down,” Gillis said.“We’ll leave for London July 29 and will be there for twodays before heading to Germany for a week,” Gillis said.

“We return to London three days before the race, which isAug. 12, the last day of the Olympics. We’ll run at 7 a.m. Atlantictime.”


Eight Queen’s alumni set for London2012 Olympics

Source: Queen’s Sports Info

KINGSTON, Ont. – Eight Queen’s alumni are among the Canadianspreparing for the 2012 Olympic Games. This group of dedicatedalumni are competing or supporting competitors in rowing, sailingand track and field.

Gordon Cook, Sc’02, makes his second consecutive appearance at anOlympic Games. He is competing in the 49er class with partnerHunter Lowden. The pair has notable top-10 finishes atinternational races such as the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta andthe Delta Lloyd Regatta. They also finished in the top 25 at theWorld Championships in 2010.

John Curtis, Artsci’90, Law’95, competed in the 2004 AthensOlympics and spent a year working as High Performance Manager andGeneral Counsel at the Canadian Yachting Association afterwards. Heis a mediation lawyer based in Kingston and a sessional instructorin alternative dispute resolution at Queen’s. He’ll be attendingthe 2012 Games as part of the support team, reporting to theCanadian media and acting in a legal capacity if required.

Greg Douglas, who attended the engineering program at Queen’s in2008-09 is competing in sailing. Greg sails in a single-handedheavyweight men’s dinghy called a Finn. He worked as a race coachat Kingston Yacht Club during the 2009 season, and saw successlocally when he won the 2011 Canadian Finn Championship here.

Morgan Jarvis, Artsci’05, MSc’08, Law’10, has competed at fiveWorld Championships in rowing—three senior and two Under-23.This is his first Olympic Games. Morgan started rowing at highschool in New Zealand (NZ) when his father’s work as Canadian HighCommissioner to NZ took the Jarvis family there between 1990 and1994.

Richard Lee, Sc’85, a Vancouver-based running coach, hascoached fellow alumnus Dylan Wykes in preparation for the 2012Olympics. Richard, a former varsity track and field athlete, alsocoached his wife, Sue, to an eighth-place finish in the women’s10,000 metres at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, one of Canada’s bestinternational results in long-distance running.

Stefanie Reid, Artsci’06, is a long jumper and sprinter. Aformer rugby player, Stef lost her right foot in a boating accidentas a teenager. While studying at Queen’s, she switched her focus totrack and field, competing for the varsity team by her fourth year.Stef represented Canada in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games whereshe won bronze in the 200-metre dash; she is representing GreatBritain in the upcoming 2012 Paralympic Games.

Michael Wilkinson, Sc’08, Artsci’09, is competing at the Olympiclevel in rowing for the first time, alongside fellow alumnus MorganJarvis. Michael’s performance at the 2011 World Championships inthe men’s double sculls earned Canada an entry into the event atthis year’s games. Michael’s sister Lauren is also competing inthis year’s Olympics as a member of the women’s eight crew.

Dylan Wykes, MSc ’11, is competing for Canada in the men’smarathon. Dylan has been running competitively since high schooland set a personal best of 2:10:47 at the recent RotterdamMarathon. He now trains with a small group of runners in Vancouverunder the guidance of his coach, Queen’s alumnus and former trackand field varsity star Richard Lee.


Former Bison Desiree Scott hitsmilestone with 50 appearances with Canada women’s soccer teamduring third match at London 2012 Summer Olympics

Source: Manitoba Sports Info

At the London 2012 Summer Olympics, former Manitoba Bisonsplayer and Bison coach Desiree Scott was in the starting lineup forCanada women’s soccer team in the third match of theinternational event and now hits a milestone as she has made 50appearances for Team Canada.

This was Scott’s third match at the Olympics as Canadadrew with the 2011 Women’s World Cup bronze medallist Swedenby a tied score of 2-2. Scott played the whole match at themidfielder position for Canada and has played every minute so farfor Canada at the Olympics.

With the draw, Canada is one of the eight teams advancing to thequarter-final phase. The quarter-final matches are on August 3, thesemi-final matches are on August 6, and the final medal matches areon August 9.

The Winnipeg native has gained vast experience with the Canadiannational team over the last four years. In addition to her 50appearances for Canada, her national resume includes: Canada SoccerFemale Player of the Month for January 2012 after helping Canadaqualify for the London 2012 Women’s Olympic FootballTournament while earning three-straight “Player of theMatch” honours; started four of five games (played in allfive) and started both of the playoff matches at the 2012 Pan AmGames, which Canada won gold; she became the first Manitoba-trainedplayer to participate in a FIFA Women’s World Cup – the world’sbiggest women’s sporting event. Scott played in two 2011 World Cupgames, after being selected to the 21 player roster; Scott playedfor Canada in back-to-back wins at the Cyprus Women’s Cup in2011 and 2010 plus part of two CONCACAF championships (gold in 2010and silver).

The 2009-10 Bison Sports Female Athlete of the Year, Scott madea huge imprint on the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer programas a player during her illustrious five-year career (2005-09). Sheearned four total conference All-Star recognition (First Team:2008, 2009; Second Team: 2005, 2006) along with being named 2005Canada West Rookie of the Year plus 2009, 2008 CIS First TeamAll-Canadian. The midfielder registered the most points and assistsin a Bison career with 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists) in 64conference regular season games. Scott also was part of the Bisonwomen’s soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach duringthe 2011 season and plans to be back to the same Bison programafter the Olympics.


UBC’s Brent Hayden Wins Olympic BronzeMedal

Source: UBC Sports Info

London, England – Former UBC Thunderbird swimmer Brent Hayden(Mission, BC) won a bronze medal in the men’s 100m freestyle todayat the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Hayden finished in a time of 47.80, just behind gold medalistNathan Adrian from the United States and silver medalist JamesMagnussen of Australia.

“It’s amazing right now,” said Hayden immediatley following theracel. “You always have that doubt in the back of your mind, butthen something comes forward and you realize you have an equal shotjust like everyone else, so you just go for it.”

Reaching the podium in his specialty is the culmination of anoutstanding career in the pool. Previously the World Champion inthe 100m freestyle in 2007 and a silver medalist in the same eventat the 2011 World Championships, Hayden was seeking revenge in histhird and final Olympics after failing to make the final in the100m freestyle in 2008 in Beijing.

“I couldn’t afford to hold anything back,” said Hayden. “With 25metres left, it hurt, but I was saying to myself this could be thelast 100m freestyle race of my career so all I was doing was goingfor it.”

The bronze medal will make his wedding on August 19 even morespecial, especially considering how important his fiancee has beento his success.

“My fiancee is here and she was in Shanghai last year when I won asilver, so there is no doubt she is my lucky charm.”

Hayden has one last race left at the Olympics. He will take part inthe 4x100m medley relay on Friday.


McGill swim grad Poon misses medalround in 50 free

Source: McGill Sports Info

LONDON, England – Victoria Poon of LaSalle, Que., was 15thin the women’s 50-metre freestyle semifinals, Friday, and did notadvance to the medal round at the Summer Olympics. The24-year-old McGill University graduate was clocked in 25.17 secondsafter qualifying in 25.15 during her preliminary heat. Her morningtime was just 0.15 seconds off the Canadian record set by JenniferBeckberger in 2009, before the banning of the high-techpolyurethane swimsuits. The top-16 advance.

Poon’s evening time resulted in a sixth-place finish in aheat won by Marleen Veldhuis of the Netherlands, in 24.50. TeammateRanomi Kromowidjojo finished atop the other heat in 24.07. TheDutch duo are seeded third and fourth, respectively, for the final,slated for Saturday, when the swimming portion of the Games wrapsup. The USA’s Jessica Hardy (24.68) and British sprinterFrancesca Halsall (24.63) are the top-two seeds.

Poon, who finished 30th in the same event at the Beijing Gamesafter coming down with a bout of chicken pox, is one of two McGillgrads that have no competitions remaining in London. She joinsbeach volleyballer Marie-Andrée Lessard of LaSalle, Que., onthe sidelines.

Four McGillians remain in the Games, including rowing grads DougVandor of Dewittville, Que., and Derek O’Farrell of Montreal, bothof whom will compete in consolation races on Saturday. Vandor is inthe C final (4:40 a.m. Eastern) of the men’s lightweight doublesculls, in a race for 13th place overall. O’Farrell will be in themen’s four B final (5:30 a.m.) and can finish no higher thanseventh place.

Wrestler Martine Dugrenier, a McGill grad and native of Laval,Que., is scheduled for her inaugural bout in the women’s 63 kgweight class on Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. Synchronized swimmer Jo-AnnieFortin, a Montreal native who will enter McGill as a psychologyfreshman in September, begins her competition on Aug. 9 (10a.m.).


Former Bison Desiree Scott wins Olympicbronze medal with Canada women’s soccer team after 1-0victory over France in bronze medal match at London 2012 SummerOlympics

In her sixth consecutive Olympic match, Scott plays whole gameand saves goal in win

At the London 2012 Summer Olympics, former Manitoba Bisonsplayer and Bison coach Desiree Scott was in the starting lineup forCanada women’s soccer team when they captured a Olympicbronze medal with a thrilling last-minute 1-0 victory over Francein the bronze medal match at Coventry on Thursday, August 9.

This was Scott’s sixth consecutive match at the Olympicsand she played every minute for Canada during the Olympics. Scottplayed an integral role as she saved a sure France goal with herknee on the Canadian goal line at the 70th minute to preserve a tiegame at the time. She has now made 53 appearances with Team Canadaover her career.

In addition, Canadian Olympic history was made as this becomesthe first team medal since 1936 men’s basketball.

The Winnipeg native has gained vast experience with the Canadiannational team over the last four years. Her national resumeincludes: Canada Soccer Female Player of the Month for January 2012after helping Canada qualify for the London 2012 Women’sOlympic Football Tournament while earning three-straight“Player of the Match” honours; started four of fivegames (played in all five) and started both of the playoff matchesat the 2012 Pan Am Games, which Canada won gold; she became thefirst Manitoba-trained player to participate in a FIFA Women’sWorld Cup – the world’s biggest women’s sporting event. Scottplayed in two 2011 World Cup games, after being selected to the 21player roster; Scott played for Canada in back-to-back wins at theCyprus Women’s Cup in 2011 and 2010 plus part of two CONCACAFchampionships (gold in 2010 and silver).

The 2009-10 Bison Sports Female Athlete of the Year, Scott madea huge imprint on the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer programas a player during her illustrious five-year career (2005-09). Sheearned four total conference All-Star recognition (First Team:2008, 2009; Second Team: 2005, 2006) along with being named 2005Canada West Rookie of the Year plus 2009, 2008 CIS First TeamAll-Canadian. The midfielder registered the most points and assistsin a Bison career with 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists) in 64conference regular season games. Scott also was part of the Bisonwomen’s soccer coaching staff as an assistant coach duringthe 2011 season and plans to be back to the same Bison programafter the Olympics.


Brock University’s Verbeek capturesOlympic silver

LONDON, ENGLAND – Former Brock University women’s wrestler andBadgers assistant coach Tonya Verbeek captured her third Olympicmedal with a silver medal performance at the Excel Centre Thursdayafternoon in London.

“Today Tonya cemented her legacy as one of the greatest femalewrestlers in Canadian history,” said Brock University Director ofAthletics Robert Hilson. “Today she provided the Brock Universityand Niagara community with a day they will remember for the rest oftheir lives.”

Verbeek lost the gold medal match to Japan’s Saori Yoshida, athree-time Olympic Gold Medalist and nine-time World Champion at55kg.

She finished the 2012 Olympic games with a 3-1 overall recordhaving posted victories over Geeta Geeta (IND), Tetyana Lazareva(UKR) and Jackeline Renteria Castillo (COL) in the semi-finals.

“I am happy to bring home a silver for Canada in women’swrestling,” said Brock University’s Tonya Verbeek. “I have beenthrough a lot of ups and downs, but at the end of the day I amhappy with what I have done. I gave it my all and I just love thesport of wrestling and what it has done for me. I would just liketo thank all those who have supported me in my career. I will notbe competing at another Olympics but I am not taking off my bootstoday. I have the World Championships coming up inSeptember.”

With the silver medal, Verbeek becomes the most decoratedOlympic female wrestler in Canadian history having collected twosilver (2004, 2012) and one bronze medal (2008). She also has threeworld medals. She is also one of the top female athlete in BrockUniversity history.

“It is a well deserved medal and she trained so hard for it,”said Olympic training partner Michelle Fazzari. “It is amazing thatshe has been a three-time Olympic medalist. Tonya has made ourcountry proud and inspired people all around the world.”

In her 19-year wrestling career Verbeek has accomplished farmore than she ever expected when she began wrestling in 1993 atBeamsville High School.

In the world of women’s sport, Verbeek has become a trueinspiration and Canadian role model. She is an athlete, a teacher,a coach and a professional speaker teaching many what it is like tocompete at the highest level of amateur sport, but more importantthat what ever you do in life you can reach your goals if you setthem.

Reaching the podium for the third time in her illustrious careeris a truly remarkable story about a girl from a small hometown thattook up a new sport in high school, persevered through injuries andhas excelled on every international stage.


UVic swimmer Richard Weinberger earnedOlympic bronze in the men’s open water 10-km marathonswim

Source: Victoria Sports Info

University of Victoria Vikes swimmer Richard Weinberger (Surrey,B.C.) took the 2011-12 varsity season off with one thing on hismind – a medal in London. The 22-year-old open-water swimmer didjust that, earning a bronze, Canada’s 17th medal of the games, inthe men’s 10-km marathon swim, held at Hyde Park.

Weinberger finished in one hour, 50 minutes and 0.30 secondsbehind gold-medal winner Oussama Mellouli (1:49:55.10) of Tunisia.Mellouli also took home the bronze in the men’s 1500-m freestyle inthe pool, just 0.68 seconds behind Vikes silver medallist RyanCochrane (Victoria).

Germany’s Thomas Lurz picked up the silver medal in 1:49:58.50,while reigning world championSpyridon Gianniotis, of Greece, tookfourth in 1:50:05.30.

The 10-km swim was introduced into the Olympics in 2008 andWeinberger becomes the first Canadian to win a medal in theopen-water event. Ron Jacks, Weinberger’s coach and formerOlympian, was also the coach of one of the world’s best open-waterswimmers at the time, Greg Streppel.

With the bronze medal, Weinberger becomes the sixth athlete ofthe nine former or current Vikes participating in London to bringhome a medal for Canada. Victoria’s Cochrane in the men’s 1500-mfreestyle, men’s eight rowers Doug Csima and Gabe Bergen, as wellas women’s eight rowers Darcy Marquardt and Rachelle Viinberg allearned silver medals at the London games.