OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with Gymnastics Canada, announced Monday the student-athletes and support staff who will represent Canada in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea (July 3-14).
Hannah Parry of Edmonton and Lisa Huh of Vancouver will start their three-day competition in Gwangju on July 11. The duo will be mentored in South Korea by Judy Martens, Gymnastics Canada team coach, a former world championships competitor.
Parry and Huh each have unique connections to the Universiade.
As a 12-year-old, back in 2009, Parry was the “Face of the Future University Games Athletes” when Edmonton presented its bid to host the 2015 FISU Games. Now, six years after travelling to Belgium with the Canadian delegation, the University of Alberta student will wear the maple leaf in Universiade competition.
For her part, Huh, whose parents are from South Korea, is following in the footsteps of her father, who represented is native country in ice hockey at the 1989 Winter Games in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Parry has been competing at the national level since 2009 and was recently accepted into the astrophysics program at the U of A. Huh competed at the 2012 Junior Pan American Championships, where the University of Toronto student helped Canada win team silver.
Canada’s lone Universiade medal in rhythmic gymnastics came in 1991 when Susie Cushman won bronze in the clubs event in Sheffield, England.
NOTE: Canada will not compete in artistic gymnastics in Gwangju.
Name University Hometown
Lisa Huh Toronto Vancouver, B.C.
Hannah Parry Alberta Edmonton, Alta.
Position Name Hometown
Head Coach Judy Martens Edmonton, Alta.
CANADA’S ALL-TIME UNIVERSIADE MEDALS IN RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS:
1991 (Sheffield, England): Susie Cushman, clubs (bronze)