Written by U SPORTS
OTTAWA, Ontario – Alberta Pandas curling alumna Danielle Schmiemann has been named Canada’s flag bearer for the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade. Schmiemann, who will lead Canada into the Opening Ceremony, headlines the first 61 members of the delegation announced Thursday, set to compete Mar. 2-12 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. At the last Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Schmiemann helped her Alberta rink win Canada’s only gold medal of the Games.
The preliminary delegation includes the Canadian teams in five sports, including alpine and cross country skiing, biathlon, curling and snowboard. All five teams are selected and managed in partnership with each respective National Sport Organization (NSO).
The Canadian men’s and women’s hockey teams – which will be exclusively composed of U SPORTS student-athletes – will be announced at a later date, following the initial rounds of the conference playoffs, which overlap with this year’s FISU Winter Universiade.
“This is a watershed moment for those who have received a nomination today and a testament to their hard work and dedication,” said Roger Archambault, who was selected as Team Canada Chef de Mission for the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade last September and has served as the Assistant Athletic Director, High Performance with the Ottawa Gee-Gees, as well as the Manager of Team Services with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) at Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. “Representing Canada on the world stage is a rare opportunity, together as one team, our student-athletes, coaches, and mission staff will carry the Canadian flag with pride as we compete against the world on this one of a kind sports stage. I am already very proud of this group.”
The Carleton Ravens will be represented at the games, with 2 athletes making the trip to Russia with Team Canada. Ravens Nordic Skiers Aidan Kirkham and Alex Slobodian have been named to the 12 person Nordic Ski team.
Canada won three medals at the 2017 FISU Winter Universiade, including gold in women’s curling, a silver medal in women’s hockey and a bronze in men’s hockey. Full Team Canada medal history at the FISU Winter Universiade is available here.
|Aaron||Fahey||Laval||Ottawa, Ont.||PhD in Medicine|
|Aidan||Kirkham||Carleton||Kanata, Ont.||Environmental Science|
|Alexander||Maycock||Nipissing||Orangeville, Ont.||Physical & Health Ed.|
|David||Walker||Victoria||Kelowna, B.C.||Mechanical Engineering|
|Gavin||Shields||Lakehead||Kitchener, Ont.||Indigenous Learning & Philosophy|
|Matjaz||Cigler||Alberta||Toronto, Ont.||Civil Engineering|
|Alexandra||Slobodian||Carleton||Stittsville, Ont.||Criminology & Criminal Justice|
|Camille||Hamm||Lakehead||Thunder Bay, Ont.||Nursing|
|Ember||Large||MacEwan||Edmonton, Alta.||Social Work|
|Freya||Hik||Alberta||Toronto, Ont.||Materials Engineering|
|Katherine||Denis||Ottawa||New Liskeard, Ont.||Human Kinetics|
|Marianne||Scherrer||Laval||Quebec City, Que.||Product Design|