On Monday the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) released the names of the students and staff that will make up the Canadian contingent at the upcoming FISU world university golf championships.
The 16th edition of the championships will be played at Planchetorte Golf Club in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, from June 23 to 26, 2016.
The men’s team will see two Ontario student-athletes competing and both are from the University of Waterloo. They will also be joined in France by their own head coach.
Amongst the coaching squad will be the men’s coach from Waterloo, Brad Sims. Sims will have Justin Crews of UVic as his female counterpart at the competitions with the University of Alberta’s Robin Stewart as the head of the delegation.
The women’s team will be comprised of Michaela Abey (Abbotsford, B.C.) from the University of Victoria, Kristen Lee (Edmonton) from the University of Alberta and Alexandra Pelletier (Montreal) from Laval University.
The honour is not a new one for Sivabalasingham and Cave. Both have attended FISU events in the past.
In 2012 Sivabalasingham picked up a 72nd individual finish at the 2012 world university championships in Liberec, Czech Republic while Cave earned 16th place at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.
Stewart commented on the inclusion of the Waterloo players – “I feel that the student-athletes we have on our roster this time around have the ability to duplicate or better those results. Gajan and Dylan from Waterloo both have experience representing Canada at large international competitions.”
“It is always a privilege and honour to wear the Team Canada colours and represent our nation and our universities on the world stage,” added Stewart. “Our coaching staff is excited to work with some outstanding student-athletes from across the country. We had top-10 results at the last two FISU events, with our men placing fifth at the 2014 world championships and sixth at the 2015 Universiade. It shows the quality of players that university golf programs in Canada are producing.
Name University Hometown Academic Program
Michaela Abey Victoria Abbotsford, B.C. Humanities
Kristen Lee Alberta Edmonton, Alta. Business
Alexandra Pelletier Laval Montreal, Que. Political Science
Andrew Funk Victoria Victoria, B.C. Social Sciences
Gajan Sivabalasingham Waterloo Stouffville, Ont. Mathematics & Business
Dylan Cave Waterloo Kitchener, Ont. Geoscience
Head of delegation: Robin Stewart (University of Alberta)
Women’s coach: Justin Clews (University of Victoria)
Men’s coach: Brad Sims (University of Waterloo)
Official website: www.wuc-golf2016.com
FISU website: www.fisu.net/en