2 Olympians to represent Canada


Michel Belanger

June 26, 2013, Ottawa, ON (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Wednesday the nine student-athletes who will represent Canada in weightlifting at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.

Highlighting the red and white roster are Olympians Marie-Ève Beauchemin-Nadeau of Candiac, Que., and Francis Luna-Grenier of Montreal.

Last summer in London, Beauchemin-Nadeau finished eighth in the 69-kilogram category. A veteran of three world championships (2009, 2010, 2011), the University of Sherbrooke medicine student claimed Canada’s first-ever Universiade medal in weightlifting in 2011 in Shenzhen, China, when she took third place at 69 kg as the sport was making its FISU Games debut. She also captured silver at 75 kg at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and will compete in that weight class in Russia.

Luna-Grenier, who studies at École de technologie supérieure in Montreal, attended the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he finished 17th at 69 kg.

Rounding out the lineup heading to Kazan are Kristel Ngarlem of Montreal and Rachel Siemens of Vancouver on the women’s side, as well as male teammates Jérôme Boisclair of Sherbrooke, Que., Richard Gonsalves of Mississauga, Ont., Mathieu Marineau of St-Jérôme, Que., Samuel Pietracupa of St-Hyacinthe, Que., and Roody St-Pierre of Lachute, Que.

Marineau is the only other returning athlete from the 2011 Universiade in China, where he was unable to finish the competition at 85 kg. He was a Commonwealth bronze medallist in the category in 2010.

Boisclair also represented Canada on the international stage in recent years, including the 2010 and 2011 world championships.

Summer Universiade website: www.kazan2013.com/en

Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/summer/2013

The contingent will be accompanied in Kazan by coaches Mark Nehme, Michel Pietracupa and Guy Marineau, who will also serve as team leader. Marineau was part of the Canadian coaching staff at the 2012 Olympics and the 2011 Universiade.

The Kazan weightlifting competition is set for July 7 to 12.