Spartans Send 16 Athletes To Canada Summer Games

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Mark Janzen

July 29, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – Trinity Western’s volleyball and track and field teams will be well-represented at this year’s Canada Summer Games as 16 athletes, two coaches and one therapist will be in Sherbrooke, Que. for this year’s event Aug. 2-17.

The Spartans men’s volleyball team will be particularly noticeable in Quebec this summer as six members of TWU’s current squad will be playing for Team BC while Spartans coach Ben Josephson will be guiding the group from the sidelines.

The TWU contingent includes Nick Del Bianco (Surrey, B.C.), Branden Schmidt (Winton, Alta.), Tyler Koslowsky (Abbotsford, B.C.), Ryan Sclater (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), Tyler Heppell (Langley) and Scott Plocktis (Kelowna, B.C.).

The men’s volleyball competition is for athletes born in 1992 or later.

On the women’s side of the volleyball court, the Spartans will also have a strong presence on Team BC, with TWU’s Chelsea Tancon (Courtenay, B.C.) Katie Devaney (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) and Nikki Cornwall (Coquitlam, B.C.) all representing their respective province. Fellow Spartan’s women’s volleyballer Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa) will also be in Sherbrooke as she will suit up for Team Ontario.

The women’s volleyball competition is for athletes born in 1993 or later.

On the track, TWU will have five athletes competing for Team BC and one for Team Alberta. Running for Team BC will be Fiona Benson (Dawson Creek, B.C.) in the 2000m steeplechase and 5000m, Nathan George (Coquitlam) in the 200m, James Linde (Coquitlam, B.C.) in the 100m, Chris Voth (Abbotsford) in the 5000m and Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.) in both the 2000m steeplechase and the 5000m. For Team Alberta, Mihai Prajea (Calgary) will compete in the 400m hurdles. Prajea is the lone Spartans athlete to be competing in his second Canada Summer Games. In 2009, in P.E.I., he finished fifth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.30.

The athletics competition is for athletes born in 1991 or later.

Also, Spartans women’s basketball coach Cheryl Jean-Paul will be involved as an assistant coach with Team BC’s women’s basketball team while TWU’s head athletic therapist Natalie Ghobrial will be going to Sherbrooke as a team therapist.

The basketball competition is for athletes born in 1996 or later.

In 2009, during the last Canada Summer Games, TWU had eight athletes competing. The list included indoor men’s volleyball players Marc Howatson (Victoria), Rudy Verhoeff (Calgary), Josh Doornenbal (Edmonton) and Ben Ball (Abbotsford) with Team BC and Mikiah Schalk (Red Deer, Alta.) and Paul Lindemulder (Calgary) with Team Alberta. On the beach volleyball courts, the Spartans were represented by Steven Marshall (Abbotsford, B.C.), who competed on the men’s side and Kara Jansen Van Doorn (Langley) who played on the women’s side, both with Team BC.

That year, on the indoor court, Team BC’s men’s volleyball team won a bronze medal while Team Alberta won gold. On the beach, Marshall won bronze while Jansen Van Doorn captured gold.

The Spartans track and field program was still a year away from its return to TWU during the last Canada Summer Games.