MONTREAL – Three students from McGill University are among the CIS delegation announced Monday to represent Canada at the 2015 FISU Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain. The 27th biennial event, also known as the World University Games, runs from Feb. 4-14.
Samuel Bélanger-Marceau, a short-track speedskater from St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., will be joined by fellow McGillians Brittney Fouracres, a native of Calgary who patrols the blueline for the Martlets hockey team, and Jean Huynh, who serves as equipment for the hockey Martlets and will perform similar duties at the Games.
Bélanger-Marceau, 22, is a third-year rehabilitation science student majoring in physical therapy, who skated in his first ISU Senior World Cup events last fall.
This will be the second FISU Games for Fouracres, whose double-overtime goal gave the Martlets a CIS championship last spring and played for the national women’s development team in a three-game series against the USA last August in Calgary. She previously played for the CIS squad that won their third straight gold medal at the 2013 Universiade. Canada heads to Spain as the favourites again this time, with a perfect 21-0 overall record since the women’s hockey competition made its FISU debut in Harbin, China in 2009. There, Canada defeated the host Chinese 3-1 to win the inaugural gold medal before following that triumph with a 4-1 win against Finland in 2011 (Erzurum, Turkey) and a 5-0 defeat of Russia in Trentino.
The short track competition kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 11, with heats and finals on 1500m as well as qualifying rounds for the women’s and men’s relays. The individual 500m races and relay semifinals follow the next day, while the 1000m events and relay finals are scheduled for Feb. 13. Since the introduction of short track speed skating to the Winter Universiade in 1985 in Belluno, Italy, Canada has won 41 medals (8-18-15) in the sport in 12 Games, which represent 59% of the country’s overall tally at the biennial event.
More than 1,200 athletes from 41 countries will compete at the Games, with competition beginning Tuesday, Feb. 3 and wrapping up on Saturday, Feb. 14. The opening ceremony is slated for Wednesday night at the Granada Congress Centre.
The Canadian delegation consists of 113 members, including 82 student-athletes. Of those, 76 athletes will compete in Granada in the sports of hockey, curling, alpine skiing, snowboard and short track speed skating. The remaining six wrapped up competition in biathlon and cross country skiing over the weekend in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia, which hosted the Nordic events of the 2015 Games.
Just 14 months ago in Trentino, Italy, Canada’s 107 student-athletes captured eight medals, including gold in both men’s and women’s hockey. Short track speed skating accounted for five more podium finishes with three silver and two bronze medals, while the men’s curling team also took home bronze in December 2013.
“It’s always a special thrill to wear the Maple Leaf, and we are excited to be here in beautiful Granada to represent Canada,” said Darren Cates, Canada’s chef-de-mission. “The venues are ready, and I know our teams are equipped to compete at the highest level. Our goal is to make this the best possible experience for our student-athletes, and I know they will all put their best foot forward over the next two weeks.”
Canada’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony will be announced Tuesday at a reception presented by the Canadian Curling Association at Hotel Carmen in Granada.
The Red and White officially jumps into the action on Tuesday with the men’s hockey team opening the tournament against South Korea. The puck drops at 5 p.m. local (11 a.m. ET) and the game will be streamed live at www.fisu.tv.
Women’s hockey gets underway Wednesday against Kazakhstan (8:30 p.m. local / 2:30 p.m. ET), with curling and alpine skiing beginning competition the following day. The Canadian snowboarders compete in their lone event, the parallel giant slalom, on Feb. 10, and the short track speed skating competition begins Feb. 11.
Below is a complete list of Canadian participants for the 2015 Winter Universiade, sorted by sport, and including schools and hometowns.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/
Chef de Mission: Darren Cates (Ottawa, Ont. / Royal Military College)
Assistant Chef de Mission: Lia Taha Cheng (Ottawa, Ont. / CIS)
Communications Manager: Ben Matchett (Calgary, Alta. / University of Calgary)
Communications Officer: Matt Gutsch (Edmonton, Alta. / University of Alberta)
Chief Medical Officer: Marie-Josée Klett (Ottawa, Ont.)
Chief Therapist: Dinah Hampson (Toronto, Ont.)
Physician: Jessica Curran (Washington, D.C.)
Therapist: Connie Klassen (Victoria, B.C.)
Stéphanie Gould – Laval University – Ottawa, Ont.
Natalie Knowles – University of Denver – Toronto, Ont.
Claudia Paquin – University of Montreal – Trois-Rivières, Que.
Ève Routhier – Laval University – Sherbrooke, Que.
Victoria Stevens – University of Montreal – Ottawa, Ont.
Laurence Vallerand – Laval University – Île-des-Soeurs, Que.
Roger Carry – University of Colorado Boulder – Calgary, Alta.
Vincent Lajoie – University of Montreal – Sherbrooke, Que.
Philippe Rivet – University of New Hampshire – St. Lambert, Que.
William Schuessler – University of Montreal – Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
Simon-Claude Toutant – Laval University – Montreal, Que.
Team Leader: Sébastien Michel (Mt. Tremblant, Que. / University of Montreal)
BIATHLON (competition held Jan. 25 – Feb. 1 in Slovakia)
Keely MacCulloch – University of Alberta Augustana Campus – Calgary, Alta.
Jessica Paterson – University of Alberta – St. Albert, Alta.
Sasha Eccleston – University of Alberta Augustana Campus – Hinton, Alta.
Evan Girard – University of Saskatchewan – Oxbow, Sask. *
Reagan Mills – University of Prince Edward Island – Truro, N.S.
Sam West – University of Northern British Columbia – Grand Prairie, Alta.
* Girard also competed in one cross country skiing event
Team Leader: Lowell Niven (Camrose, Alta. / University of Alberta Augustana Campus)
Technician: Joel Gervais (St. Albert, Alta.)
Skip – Breanne Meakin – University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Man.
Third – Lauren Horton – Carleton University – Almonte, Ont.
Second – Lynn Kreviazuk – Carleton University – Ottawa, Ont.
Lead – Jessica Armstrong – Carleton University – Ottawa, Ont.
Skip – Matthew Dunstone – University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Man.
Third – William Coleman – University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Man.
Second – Daniel Grant – University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Man.
Lead – Chris Gallant – University of Manitoba – Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Team Leader: Brian Chick (Toronto, Ont. / Canadian Curling Association)
Coach (women): Doug Kreviazuk (Ottawa, Ont. / Carleton University)
Coach (men): Scott Grant (Winnipeg, Man. / University of Manitoba)
HOCKEY – MEN
Dalyn Flette – Mount Royal University – Edmonton, Alta.
Ryan Holfeld – University of Saskatchewan – Leroy, Sask.
Kris Lazaruk – University of Calgary – Edmonton, Alta.
Jesse Craige – University of Alberta – Edmonton, Alta.
Kodie Curran – University of Calgary – Calgary, Alta.
Matthew Delahey – University of Saskatchewan – Moose Jaw, Sask.
Neil Manning – University of British Columbia – Nanaimo, B.C.
Kendall McFaull – University of Saskatchewan – Rosetown, Sask.
Luke Paulsen – University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Man.
Jordan Rowley – University of Alberta – Edmonton, Alta.
Cody Cartier – Mount Royal University – Sylvan Lake, Alta.
Chris Collins – University of Calgary – Calgary, Alta.
Jordan DePape – University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Man.
Tyler Fiddler – Mount Royal University – Calgary, Alta.
T.J. Foster – University of Alberta – Slave Lake, Alta.
Cody Fowlie – University of Regina – Airdrie, Alta.
Jordan Hickmott – University of Alberta – Mission, B.C.
Kevin King – University of Calgary – Calgary, Alta.
Levko Koper – University of Alberta – Edmonton, Alta.
Mitchell Maxwell – University of Lethbridge – Magrath, Alta.
Craig McCallum – University of Saskatchewan – Canoe Lake, Sask.
Elgin Pearce – University of Calgary – Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Kruise Reddick – University of Alberta – Manor, Sask.
Team Leader: Todd Johnson (Regina, Sask. / University of Regina)
Head Coach: Dave Adolph (Saskatoon, Sask. / University of Saskatchewan)
Associate Coach: Mark Howell (Calgary, Alta. / University of Calgary)
Associate Coach: Mike Sirant (Winnipeg, Man. / University of Manitoba)
Video Coach: Spiros Anastas (Lethbridge, Alta. / University of Lethbridge)
Equipment/Athletic Therapy: Chris Linder (Calgary, Alta. / University of Calgary)
Equipment/Athletic Therapy: T.J. Mussbacher (Edmonton, Alta. / University of Alberta)
HOCKEY – WOMEN
Nicole Kesteris – University of Toronto – Aurora, Ont.
Élodie Rousseau-Sirois – University of Montreal – Pohenegamook, Que.
Sarah Casorso – University of British Columbia – Kelowna, B.C.
Julia Flinton – University of Saskatchewan – Williams Lake, B.C.
Brittney Fouracres – McGill University – Calgary, Alta.
Katelyn Gosling – Western University – London, Ont.
Élizabeth Mantha – University of Montreal – Longueuil, Que.
Keirsten Visser – University of Prince Edward Island – Crapaud, P.E.I.
Ariane Barker – University of Montreal – Napierville, Que.
Laura Brooker – Wilfrid Laurier University – Fergus, Ont,
Jessica Fickel – Brock University – Fort Erie, Ont.
Tess Houston – University of Alberta – Winnipeg, Man.
Jessica Kampjes – University of Alberta – Sturgeon County, Alta.
Breanna Lanceleve – Saint Mary’s University – Lower Sackville, N.S.
Maggie Litchfield-Medd – University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Man.
Jenny MacKnight – University of Windsor – Regina, Sask.
Morgan McHaffie – Queen’s University – Guelph, Ont.
Alex Normore – St. Francis Xavier University – Bedford, N.S.
Daley Oddy – St. Francis Xavier University –Cranbrook, B.C.
Bree Polci – University of Windsor – London, Ont.
Team Leader: Kelsie Graham (Regina, Sask.)
Head Coach: Jon Rempel (Winnipeg, Man. / University of Manitoba)
Assistant Coach: Bruce Donaldson (Charlottetown, P.E.I. / University of Prince Edward Island)
Assistant Coach: Jim Hunter (Windsor, Ont. / University of Windsor)
Athletic Therapist: Nadine Smith (Ottawa, Ont. / Carleton University)
Equipment Manager: Jean Huynh (Montreal, Que. / McGill University)
SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING
Joanie Gervais – University of Quebec at Montreal – Saguenay, Que.
Namasthée Harris-Gauthier – Maisonneuve College – Montreal, Que.
Jamie MacDonald – University of Calgary – Fort St. James, B.C.
Keri Morrison – University of Calgary – Burlington, Ont.
Caroline Truchon – University of Quebec at Montreal – Saguenay, Que.
Samuel Bélanger-Marceau – McGill University – St. Bruno de Montarville, Que.
Cédrik Blais – Maisonneuve College – Châteauguay, Que.
Pascal Dion – Maisonneuve College – Montreal, Que.
Yoan Gauthier – Maisonneuve College – Rivière-du-Loup, Que.
William Preudhomme – Concordia University – Toronto, Ont.
Team Leader: Audrie Tessier (Montreal, Que.)
Coach: Laurent Daignault (Greenfield Park, Que.)
Coach: Maggie Qi (Calgary, Alta.)
Megan Farrell – Queen’s University – Richmond Hill, Ont.
Darren Gardner – Quest University – Burlington, Ont.
Jules Lefebvre – André-Grasset College – Montreal, Que.
Olivier Vachon – CEGEP François-Xavier-Garneau – Quebec City, Que.
Team Leader: Patrick Gaudet (Montcalm, Que.)
About the Winter Universiade
The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.
The Granada Universiade will feature nine compulsory sports and one optional sport. Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing, short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding. Optional sport: freestyle skiing.
NOTE: Biathlon and Nordic skiing will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, prior to the start of the Games in Granada.
Official website: www.granada2015.org
For more information:
McGill Sports Info Office
Team Canada, 2015 Winter Universiade
Cell in Granada: (011) 34-693-816-090
Team Canada, 2015 Winter Universiade
Cell in Granada: (011) 34-693-806-291