CIS Takes Rio: 14 athletes with CIS ties to compete at 2016 Paralympic Games

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TORONTO (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Friday 14 athletes associated with CIS member schools will compete for Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The CIS contingent includes four current and eight former CIS student-athletes, as well two incoming recruits for the 2016-17 season.

CIS athletes on the Canadian Paralympic Team include Guelph’s Jason Dunkerley, Laval’sGuillaume Ouellet and Moncton’s Shayne Dobson who will compete in para-athletics; Laurier recruit Alec Elliot, Ottawa’s Camille Bérubé, Montreal’s Isaac Bouckley, McGill’s Sarah Mehain and Lethbridge’s Zack McAllister of the swim team; para-triathletes Sasha Boulton(guide) from Guelph and Stefan Daniel of Calgary, wheelchair basketball players Janet McLaclanof Victoria as well as Saskatchewan’s Erica Gavel and Katie Miyazaki and incoming UBC Okanagan women’s volleyball athlete Jennifer Oakes of the sitting volleyball squad.

In addition, four CIS coaches are part of the Canadian delegation – MacEwan volleyball assistant coach Nicole Ban, Alberta volleyball assistant coach Christine Smyth, Laval track and field head coach Felix-Antoine Lapointe and former Laurier swimming bench boss Mike Thompson

Oakes, Ban and Smyth are part of the first Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team to qualify for the Paralympic Games, while Boulton and Daniel will compete in para-triathlon’s Paralympic debut as a sport.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games run Sept. 7-18.

CIS Takes Rio Athletes

Current*, future or former athletes and coaches of official CIS sports

Current/Future CIS Athletes

Name                 Sport                                University           Hometown

Alec Elliot           Swimming                       Laurier                Kitchener, Ont.

Camille Bérubé Swimming                          Ottawa                 Gatineau, Que.

Sarah Mehain    Swimming                         McGill                 Vernon, B.C.

Sasha Boulton   Triathlon (Guide)               Guelph                 Toronto, Ont.

Stefan Daniel     Triathlon                           Calgary               Calgary, Alta.

Jennifer Oakes  Sitting Volleyball               UBC Okanagan     Calgary, Alta.

*Competed during 2015-16 CIS season

Former CIS Athletes

Name                              Sport                                   University           Hometown

Jason Dunkerley               Athletics                              Guelph                Ottawa, Ont.

Shayne Dobson                Athletics                              Moncton             Moncton, N.B.

Guillaume Ouellet           Athletics                               Laval                  Victoriaville, Que.

Isaac Bouckley                Swimming                           Montreal             Port Hope, Ont.

Zack McAllister               Swimming                           Lethbridge          Lethbridge, Alta.

Janet McLaclan                Wheelchair Basketball           Victoria              West Vancouver, B.C.

Erica Gavel                      Wheelchair Basketball           Saskatchewan   Prince Albert, Sask.

Current & Former CIS Coaches

Name                                    Sport                             University

Nicole Ban                           Sitting Volleyball               MacEwan

Félix-Antoine Lapointe         Athletics                           Laval

Christine Smyth                  Sitting Volleyball               Alberta

Mike Thompson                  Swimming                        Laurier

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