2 Canadians in FISU Young Reporters Program


Michel Belanger

June 30, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (CIS) – Kelsey Wright of Brampton, Ont., and Matthew Tidcombe of Wolfville, N.S., are among 12 international students selected to take part in the second edition of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Young Reporters Program during the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.

Wright and Tidcombe follow in the footsteps of Justin Fauteux and Erin Meagher, who represented Canada when the program was launched at the 2011 FISU Games in Shenzhen, China. Fauteux, who hails from Oakville, Ont., was attending Wilfrid Laurier University at the time, while Meagher, from Mississauga, Ont., was studying at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

“It was not an easy task to select the final 12 participants,” commented Verena Burk, Chair of the FISU Media & Communication Committee, when the 2013 selection was first announced back in April. “Once again we received a great number of fine candidates and the selection process to find the perfect candidates for this year’s edition took longer than expected. But we are confident that once again we will have 12 very dedicated youngsters that will get a great training for their future professional career in journalism.”

Wright graduated in April from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Journalism, specializing in sports broadcast, newspaper reporting and photojournalism. Throughout her four years at the downtown Toronto school, she was captain of the Rams’ women’s basketball team and was captain of the squad for three seasons.

In May, Wright began a Masters of Journalism at Western University in London, Ont., where she will use her fifth and final year of CIS eligibility with the Mustangs.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” Wright said. “To be able to give back and experience something completely different than I am used to is an opportunity of a lifetime, truly a dream come true. Some of us have already started contacting each other and sharing ideas and stories. This is going to be such an amazing trip to learn and grow as a journalist.”

Tidcombe recently completed his fourth and final year at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, majoring in Journalism and Communications. He was sports editor of the school’s student newspaper for the past two years.

A soccer, rugby and cricket player, as well as certified tennis coach, Tidcombe has been accepted to Centennial College in Toronto, where he will begin a post-graduate degree in Sports Journalism next January.


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

Team Canada Twitter: @CDNUniversiade  

Summer Universiade website: www.kazan2013.com/en

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity that awaits me in Kazan. I look forward to working with the FISU, my fellow colleagues and to meet people from all around the world while covering a variety of sports throughout the duration of this magnificent occasion,” said Tidcombe. “Having never been to Russia, I am excited to experience both the culture and lifestyle while also enjoying the historical city of Kazan. This is a once in a lifetime experience and I cannot wait to get started.”



Kelcey Wright (Canada)

Matthew Tidcombe (Canada)

Luana Cruz (Brazil)

Ana Gabriela Verotti (Brazil)


Leigh Ferguson (Australia)

Thomas Dullard (Australia)


Jie-Yao MA (Taiwan)

Rendra Ardyansah (Indonesia)


Lien Cypers (Belgium)

Javier Morales Bolívar (Spain)


Laroz Fall (Senegal)

Fabio De Dominicis (South Africa)