Four members of the Thunderbird family will be representing Canada at the World Championship. Current T-Bird and Brandon, Man., native Lisa Barclay will be joined by UBC graduates Marisa Field of Kelowna, B.C., Shanice Marcelle of Victoria, B.C., and Kyla Richey of Roberts Creek, B.C. All four women were part of at least one of the six consecutive Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships won by UBC from 2008-2013.
“It is an honour to be able to attend a World Championship and we wish the T-Birds and Team Canada all the best as they take on the best in the world in Italy,” said UBC head coach Doug Reimer. “They were instrumental in our team’s success and I am so very proud of how all four Thunderbirds have continued to help Team Canada. They are all great ambassadors of our UBC program.”
“We are very excited to play at the World Championship,” said Canada head coach Arnd Ludwig. “I had to make some tough decisions when choosing the roster of 14 players, as all our athletes have worked very hard in training. My hope is that our practice and playing in Grand Prix this summer will pay off for us during this important tournament.”
Barclay, Field, Marcelle and Richey were all on Ludwig’s roster for the World Grand Prix. The team went 2-7 over the three weeks of play.
Canada will be one of 24 teams that will compete for the world title. Ranked 21st internationally, Canada will play in Pool B along with world No. 1 Brazil, eighth-ranked Serbia, No. 11 Turkey, Cameroon (No. 27) and Bulgaria (No. 35).
The opening match for the red and white will be against Cameroon on Sept. 23 in Trieste. Bari, Milan, Modena, Rome and Verona are the other host cities.
“We will enjoy every single match against these top teams and we want to play each on our best level,” said Ludwig.