OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today the 41 athletes who have been nominated to represent Canada at the 2019 Summer Universiade (FISU). The bi-annual World University Games will celebrate its 30th anniversary from July 3-14 in Napoli, Italy – six decades after the inaugural event in Torino – and will feature nearly 9,300 athletes and delegates from 128 countries.

Of the 14 men and 27 women set to compete in athletics, only four participated in the 2017 Summer Universiade that was held in Taipei City, Taiwan, making this the first FISU experience for the vast majority of the team. Canadian student-athletes will step on to the track in 26 different events ranging from the 100-metre sprint to the 10,000-metre race, 12 athletes will compete in field events ranging from the long jump to javelin throw, two will take part in the heptathlon and one the half marathon.

Among those competing will be University of Saskatchewan Huskie standout Courtney Hufsmith. Scheduled to take part in the 1500-metre race, Hufsmith enters the summer season after an outstanding indoor slate that saw her help the Huskie women to a Canada West championship and second-place finish in the nation.

“The competition within Athletics Canada is tough, with so many athletes going south to NCAA schools and the many U SPORTS all-stars that compete in Canada, it is not easy to get named to a team like this,” said Huskies head coach Jason Reindl.

The product of Saskatoon compiled five medals between the conference and national championship meets, including Canada West gold in both the 1500- and 3000-metre races as well as a national silver in the 1500-metre.

In just her third year with the team, Hufsmith currently holds the all-time Huskie record over both 1500- and 3000-metres.

“Between Courtney and coach Jamie Epp, her development is progressing rapidly but at same time following a well thought-out plan,” said Reindl. “This is certainly a feather in their cap as well as ours, to say that we here at Huskie Athletics can help develop athletes of this caliber.”

A veteran on the team having competed at the last two Summer Universiades, Brittany Crew says “my goal for FISU is to leave Italy with another gold medal. I want to put Canada on the map internationally in women’s shot put and I will not stop until I get there. It would be amazing to share the podium with my friend and teammate, Sarah Mitton, this year.”

Crew was one of three Canadians across all sports to reach the podium two years ago in Taipei. “With FISU one month before the Pan American Games, it will provide me, as well as the entire team, with a great international experience, especially with the high-level competition that the event is known for,” said Crew. “It’s basically a mini Olympics, but features student-athletes who are all under the age of 26. In my experience, it is the largest multi-sport competition next to the Olympic Games and the atmosphere is always unreal.”

Coming off a fantastic 2019 U SPORTS campaign, 800-metre specialist Jenna Westaway looks to continue her winning ways in Napoli. “The 2019 Summer Universiade is a fantastic venue for Team Canada to experience international championship racing leading into 2020. I’m going to make the most of that opportunity,” said Westaway. “I came away from FISU in 2017 disappointed, but with a better understanding of the ins and outs of Major Games. Since then I’ve moved into new space; I have the experience of Taipei and the 2018 World Championships with me, and I’m coming off of my most successful indoor season to date. I’ll be racing with the intent of moving through rounds and deep into the final. I can’t imagine a more meaningful way to have had my U SPORTS career come to an end. The 2019 Universiade team is just an absolute joy to be a part of.”

When asked what it’s like to represent Canada, Westaway added “when you wear the flag on the race line, no matter where you are in the world, you feel the support of an entire country. To me, the Maple Leaf stands for something that extends beyond nationalism; it represents the people who are behind me, supporting me every step of the way.”

Athletics competition will take place at San Paolo Stadium with qualification rounds scheduled for July 9-11 and finals on July 12-13.

The athletics team nominated to represent Canada at 2019 Summer Universiade includes:

Athletes
Name Hometown Affiliated School Personal Coach Event
Farah Abdulkarim Ottawa, Ont. University of Mississippi Ryan Vanhoy 10,000m
Mariam Abdul-Rashid Oshawa, Ont. University of Texas Edrick Floreal 100mH
Duan Asemota Ajax, Ont. Ohio State University Charles Allen 100m
Catherine Beauchemin Québec, Que. Université Laval Sylvain Cloutier 3000mSC
Chanell Botsis Coquitlam, B.C. University of Connecticut Garrett Collier Hammer throw
Mäité Bouchard Sherbrooke, Que. Université de Sherbrooke Simon Croteau 800m
Kaila Butler Port Coquitlam, B.C. Bowling Green State University Bradley Graham Hammer throw
Keira Christie-Galloway Ottawa, Ont. Iowa State University Hugh Conlin 100mH
Anne-Marie Comeau Québec, Que. Université Laval Félix-Antoine-Lapointe Half-marathon
Brittany Crew* Toronto, Ont. York University Richard Parkinson Shot put
Joseph Daniels Kitchener, Ont. Princeton University Januz Tomko 110mh
Jean-Simon Desgagnés Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que. Université Laval Félix-Antoine Lapointe 3000mSC
Bridget Deveau Halifax, N.S. University of Massachusetts Doug Mitchell Heptathlon
Laura Dickinson Miramichi, N.B. Syracuse University Brian Bell 10,000
Ehab El-Sandali Toronto, Ont. Iona College Joe Pienta 5000m
Courtney Hufsmith Saskatoon, Sask. University of Saskatchewan Jamie Epp 1500m
Makiah Hunt Niagara Falls, Ont. University of South Dakota Doug Wood Pole vault
Nicole Hutchinson West Vancouver, B.C. Villanova University Gina Procaccio 5000m
Karson Kowalchuk Markham, Ont. Mississippi State Jamal Miller 100m
Jessy Lacourse Québec, Que. Université Laval Félix-Antoine-Lapointe 3000mSC
Kieran Lumb Vancouver, B.C. University of British Columbia Chris Johnson 5000m
Branna MacDougall Kingston, Ont. Queen’s University Steve Boyd 10,000m
Sade McCreath-Tardiel Ajax, Ont. Bethune-Cookman University Michael Dwyer 100m
Sarah Mitton* Brooklyn, N.S. University of Windsor Richard Parkinson Shot put
Shane Moffo Stouffville, Ont. Central Michigan University Andre English 110mH
Brian Obonna Brampton, Ont. Lamar University Frank Bucca Triple jump
Benjamin Preisner Milton, Ont. University of Tulsa Taylor Gulley 10,000m
Madeline Price Toronto, Ont. Duke University Mark Mueller 400m
Ashley Pryke* Peterborough, Ont. University of Memphis Richard Parkinson Javelin
Gabrielle Rains Sherwood Park, Alta. Florida International University Paul Rains Discus
Kevin Robertson LaSalle, Que. Université de Montreal Samuel Marion 1500m
Xahria Santiago Ajax, Ont. University of Maryland Andrew Valmon 400mH
Zoe Sherar Toronto, Ont. University of Guelph Jason Kerr 400m
Skylar Sieben Bragg Creek, Alta. University of Arizona Esther Sieben Heptathlon
Tristan Slater North Bay, Ont. University of Tennessee Jim Sullivan Pole vault
Ryan Smeeton Calgary, Alta. Oklahoma State Dave Smith 3000mSC
Lucia Stafford Toronto, Ont. University of Toronto Terry Radchenko 1500m
Jesse Thibodeau Rigaud, Que. Princeton University Bogdan Tarus Long jump
Jenna Westaway* Calgary, Alta. University of Guelph Dave Scott-Thomas 800m
Brittni Wolczyk Port Coquitlam, B.C. University of Nebraska – Lincoln Scott Cappos Javelin
Rachael Wolfs Southwold, Ont. University of Windsor Kevin DiNardo Pole vault
Team staff
Name Hometown Role
Bob Westman Toronto, Ont. Team head coach
Molly Killingbeck Mississauga, Ont. Team leader
Kristine Deacon Cambridge, Ont. Team manager
Vickie Croley London, Ont. Team coach
Steve LeBlanc Riverview, N.B. Team coach
Karl Meissner Lloydminster, Alta. Team coach
Dave Scott-Thomas Guelph, Ont. Team coach
Mingpu Wu Winnipeg, Man. Team coach
Dr. Jeff Cubos Edmonton, Alta. Team chiropractor
Alex Forsythe Nelson, B.C. Team Massage Therapist
Brenda Scott-Thomas Guelph, Ont. Team Physiotherapist

*Represented Canada at the 2017 Summer Universiade