2013 Summer Universiade: Five Olympians highlight Canadian athletics roster

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OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, inconjunction with Athletics Canada, announced Friday the 51student-athletes who will represent Canada in athletics at the 2013Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.

Summer Universiade website: www.kazan2013.com/en
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/summer/2013

The roster is comprised of 24 women and 27 men, including 29 whoattend Canadian universities and 22 who study at institutions basedin the United States.

Highlighting the red and white delegation are five members ofthe 2012 Canadian Olympic team, including Inaki Gomez of Vancouver,who finished 13th in the 20km race walk in a new Canadian recordtime of 1:20.58; Julie Labonté of Sainte-Justine, Que., 11thin her qualifying round in the shot put; Segun Makinde of Ottawa,who was a substitute on the 4×100 relay; Jessica Smith of NorthVancouver, B.C., a semi-finalist in the 800m; and Sarah Wells ofToronto, a semi-finalist in the 400m hurdles.

Gomez and Makinde are also among 10 returning athletes from the2011 Universiade in Shenzhen, China, where they finished fifth inthe 20km race walk and the 200m, respectively.

The list of 2011 veterans also includes Helen Crofts ofVancouver (6th in 800m), Evan Dunfee of Richmond, B.C. (14th in20km race walk), Sam Effah of Calgary (DNS 100m), ChantelleGroenewoud of North Vancouver (8th in 3000m steeplechase heat),Kimberly Hyacinthe of Terrebonne, Que. (5th in 200m semifinal),Annie Leblanc of Repentigny, Que. (8th in 800m semifinal), TimothyNedow of Brockville, Ont. (12th in shot put), Kyle Nielsen ofCoquitlam, B.C. (10th in javelin throw) and Michael Robertson ofWilliamstown, Ont. (23rd in 400m).

Gomez, Effah and Hyacinthe will be making their third FISU Gamesappearance as they also competed in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2009. Twoother members of the squad heading to Kazan were also on the 2009roster, including Daniel Harper of Brampton, Ont. (400m) andLindsey Bergevin of Leduc, Alta. (pole vault).

Four years ago in Belgrade, Hyacinthe was part of the gold-medalwinning 4x400m relay. It was the fifth gold medal in history forCanada at the world university games and the first since GuillaumeLeblanc (20km race walk) and Dave Steen (decathlon) reached the topof the podium in 1983 in Edmonton.

Since 1965, when the country made its Universiade debut,Canadians have captured 67 medals in athletics (5-32-30), secondonly to swimming’s 99 podium finishes (21-31-42).

The athletics competition in Kazan will run from July 7 to12.

CANADA’SGOLD MEDALS IN ATHLETICS AT THE UNIVERSIADE(5):

2009 (Belgrade, Serbia): Women’s 4x400m (C. Muir, A.Nelson, K. Hyacinthe, E. Akinsule)
1983 (Edmonton, Canada): Guillaume Leblanc, 20km race walk
1983 (Edmonton, Canada): David Steen, Decathlon
1975 (Rome, Italy): Bishop Dolegiewicz , Shot Put
1965 (Budapest, Hungary): Bill Crothers , 800m

2013 TEAMCANADA ROSTER

WOMEN

Name University Hometown Events

Lindsey Bergevin Alberta Leduc,Alta. Pole Vault
Khamica Bingham Toronto Brampton,Ont. 100m
Robin Bone Western London,Ont. Pole Vault
Alicia Brown Toronto Ottawa,Ont. 400m
Rayann Chin Southern Methodist Pickering,Ont. Discus
Helen Crofts Simon Fraser Vancouver,B.C. 800m
Shai-Anne Davis York Richmond,Ont. 100m & 200m
Jessica Furlan Nebraska Regina,Sask. 3000m SC
Chantelle Groenewoud Illinois NorthVancouver, B.C. 3000m SC
Kimberly Hyacinthe UQAM Terrebonne,Que. 200m
Rhiannon Johns Alabama at Birmingham SaultSte. Marie, Ont. 10,000m
Emma Kimoto Indiana Richmond,B.C. High Jump
Michelle Kinsella (Theophille) Louisville Whitby,Ont. High Jump
Julie Labonté Arizona Sainte-Justine, Que. Shot Put
Annie Leblanc Oregon Repentigny,Que. 1500m
Rachael McIntosh Calgary Bridgewater,N.S. Heptathlon
Noelle Montcalm Windsor Windsor,Ont. 400m Hurdles
Christabel Nettey Arizona State Surrey,B.C. Long Jump
Sabrina Nettey UBC Surrey,B.C. Long Jump
Kristin Obrochta York Mississauga,Ont. Hammer
Jessica Smith Simon Fraser NorthVancouver, B.C. 800m
Jillian Weir Oregon Kingston,Ont. Hammer
Sarah Wells Toronto Unionville,Ont. 400m Hurdles
Chelsea Whalen Florida State Liverpool,N.S. Shot Put

MEN

Patrick Arbour Ottawa Ottawa,Ont. Decathlon
Benjamin Ayesu-Attah Idaho Coquitlam,B.C. 400m
Shawnacy Barber Akron Toronto,Ont. Pole Vault
Matthew Brisson Western St. Thomas,Ont. 110m Hurdles
Ryan Brockerville Simon Fraser Marystown,Nfld. 3000m SC
Lucas Bruchet UBC White Rock,B.C. 5000m
Evan Dunfee UBC Richmond,B.C. 20km RW
Jeremy Eckert Regina Regina,Sask. High Jump
Sam Effah Calgary Calgary,Alb. 100m
Inaki Gomez Calgary Vancouver,B.C. 20km RW
Daniel Harper South Plains Brampton,Ont. 400m
Timothy Hendry-Gallagher Guelph Parry Sound,Ont. Shot Put
Brandon Lord Georgia Whistler,B.C. 10,000m
Django Lovett New Mexico Surrey,B.C. High Jump
Segun Makinde Ottawa Ottawa,Ont. 200m
Timothy Nedow Depaul Brockville,Ont. Shot Put
Kyle Nielsen Washington Coquitlam,B.C. Javelin
Andrew Nixon Guelph Guelph,Ont. 5000m
Tait Nystuen Regina Regina,Sask. 400m Hurdles
Cody Parker Alaska Anchorage Comox,B.C. Javelin
Ross Proudfoot Guelph Lively,Ont. 1500m
Jeremy Rae Notre Dame Fort Erie,Ont. 1500m
Michael Robertson Ottawa Williamstown,Ont. Alternate
Brendon Rodney Long Island Toronto,Ont. 200m
Anthony Romaniw Guelph Guelph,Ont. 800m
Taylor Stewart Western London,Ont. Long Jump
Benjamin Thorne UBC Kitimat,B.C. 20km RW

STAFF

Position Name University Hometown

Head Coach LesGramantik Calgary Calgary, Alta.
Team Manager IngridRuys Victoria Victoria, B.C.
Coach RichardParkinson York Stouffville, Ont.
Coach BobWestman Toronto Toronto , Ont.
Coach WesMoerman Alberta Edmonton, Alta.
Coach ChrisMoulton Guelph Guelph, Ont.
Coach Frank Erle Western London,Ont.
Massage Therapist Carolyn Daubeny – Vancouver,B.C. Physiotherapist SeanCampbell – Vancouver, B.C.

About the Summer Universiade

The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport eventthat takes place every two years and is second only to the OlympicGames in the number of participating athletes and countries. TheUniversiade is open to competitors who are at least 17 and lessthan 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games.Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondaryinstitution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from apost-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.

About Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada is the national governing body for the sport oftrack and field, cross country, road running and road racing. Athletics Canada supports high performance athletics excellence atthe world level and provides leadership in developmentalathletics.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body ofuniversity sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and700 coaches from 54 universities and four regional associations viefor 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS alsoprovides high performance international opportunities for Canadianstudent-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well asnumerous world university championships. For further information,visit www.cis-sic.ca or followus on:

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