VICTORIA, B.C. – Several University of Victoria Vikes student-athletes have been listed to represent Canada at the upcoming FISU 2015 Summer Universiade Games,July 3 – 14, in Gwangju, South Korea.
Second only to the Olympic games in terms of number of participating athletes and countries, the Universiade is an international sporting event staged every two years with over 9000 competing student-athletes from 170 countries.
Swimming has been Canada’s strongest sport in the Universiade games since the biennial competition began in 1959 with 104 FISU medals being won – 22 of them gold.
Third year Vikes swimmer and 2015 CIS silver medalist Jon McKay earned a position on this year’s Canadian team after qualifying with a third place finish in the 1500 freestyle at the Pan Am Trials (15:22.27).
Former Vikes swimmer and two-time Olympic athlete (2008, 2010) Stephanie Horner will also be swimming at the FISU Games, competing in the 10-kilometer open water event under the direction of Ron Jacks who helped Canadian and former Vike Richard Weinberger earn open bronze at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Track standouts Adam Paul-Morris, and Brendon Restall will be joining 16 other men on Canada’s track and field roster. The two CIS gold medalists have had a strong year, winning the Canada West 4×800-m relay (7:35.64) with teammates Adam Gaudes, and Thomas Riva, while Paul-Morris also brought home gold in the CIS 600-m race (1:18.33). Both athletes will be competing in the 800-m at this year’s FISU games.
Vikes track specialists Rachel Francois and Riva had also qualified for the World Universiade contingent but have chosen to prioritize their 2016 Olympic training and qualification. Their last chance to qualify for the national team is this Sunday, June 14 at the Portland Track Festival.
Brynn Tomie and Brianna Carrels of the Vikes women’s golf team have also qualified for the games. Tomie has confirmed her participation in the games while Brianna, while selected, has decided to stay at UVIc for the summer and focus on coursework. Tomie just returned from the Canadian University/College Golf Championship where she won the individual title, becoming just the fourth Vike to do so. This will be Tomie’s third appearance at the FISU Games following Switzerland last year and the Czech Republic two years prior to that.
CIS First Team All-Canadian and Canada West MVP Chris McLaughlin was named to the Canadian men’s basketball team and will be under the direction of Barnaby Craddock, who was the assistant coach for the team back in 2011.
Third year and Western CURC’s bronze single medalist Beth McConnell has recently earned a spot on the women’s 4- rowing team and will be racing with Emily Jago of Laurentian, Jessie Loutit of Western and Chloe DeRoche of Queens.
UVic psychology student Celina Toth will also be competing at the games. She will be representing Canada on the dive team in the 10m and 10m-synchro event. She is currently on the 2015 Senior National Dive team and recently won gold at the Summer Senior National Championships.
All student-athletes competing in the games must be between the ages of 17 and 28 as of January 1 in the year of the games. They must also be full-time students at a post-secondary institution or have graduated from one in the year preceding.
Competition schedule is currently as followed with specific dates and locations to be announced.
Men’s Basketball: July 3 – 14
Men’s Swimming: July 4 – 11
Men’s Track: July 8 – 12
Women’s Diving: July 3 – 9
Women’s Rowing: July 5 – 7
Women’s Golf: July 8 – 11