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U SPORTS – U SPORTS announced Tuesday 393 Canadians will be heading to the 2017 Summer Universiade, Aug. 19-30 in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei

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Taipei 2017 Website:

As previously announced, the Canadian delegation includes five teams selected and managed exclusively in-house by U SPORTS, while all remaining teams are managed by their respective National Sport Organizations (NSOs). The 393-member delegation includes 276 athletes, 114 mission and support staff, and three referees in 16 sports.

“We are extremely proud of all of our Canadian university student-athletes and staff representing Team Canada at the 2017 Summer Universiade,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer at U SPORTS. “The FISU Games are the second-largest multi-sport event in the world next to the Summer Olympics, providing a natural high-performance international pathway. At the Rio 2016 Games, 56 former Universiade participants competed, bringing home nine medals. One year later, we are looking forward to the next generation of Olympic stars making their mark in Taipei – the experience and memories they will take away will be life-changing.”

Canada won eight medals at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea – two gold (Kylie Masse, Swimming; Carol-Ann Ware and Celina Jayne Toth, Diving) four silver (women’s water polo; women’s basketball; Benjamin Thorne and Gabriela Stafford, Athletics) and two bronze Carol-Ann Ware and Celina Jayne Toth, Diving; Brittany Crew, Athletics).

Complete rosters for each team are available below, with the Canadian women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams to be announced at a later date.
Canada’s medal contenders include the following Rio 2016 Olympians:

  • Ellie Black (Artistic Gymnastics)
  • Katerine Savard, Kennedy Goss and Markus Thormeyer (Swimming)
  • Jessica O’Connell, Geneviève Lalonde, Brittany Crew, Oluwasegun Makinde and Sekou Kaba (Athletics)

The following athletes and teams also have strong chances at reaching the podium: 

  • 2015 Universiade gold medalist Celina Toth (Diving)
  • 2015 Pan American Games swimmer Alex Loginov
  • Canadian national team swimmers Alexia Zevnik and Sarah Darcel
  • Canadian national taekwondo athlete Anas Sghir
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Water Polo

The Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Summer Universiade will be held on Aug. 19 at Taipei Municipal Stadium, beginning at 7 a.m. ET (7 p.m. local time).


Note: Rosters are subject to change prior to the Universiade due to injury 

Artistic Gymnastics
Men’s Basketball
Women’s Basketball – to be announced at a later date
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Men’s Soccer
Women’s Soccer
Table Tennis
Men’s Volleyball
Women’s Volleyball – to be announced at a later date
Men’s Water Polo
Women’s Water Polo 
Mission Staff

About the 2017 Summer Universiade

The Summer Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.

The 2017 Summer Universiade will feature 14 compulsory sports and seven optional sports. Compulsory sports: athletics, basketball, fencing, football (soccer), artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, diving, water polo, tennis, volleyball, judo, table tennis and taekwondo. Optional sports: archery, badminton, baseball, golf, roller sports, weightlifting and wushu. 

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U SPORTS is the national brand for University Sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit or follow us on:

Twitter: @USPORTSca / @USPORTSIntl
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For further information, please contact:

Ken Saint-Eloy
Manager, Communications
Cell: 647-871-7595 

Mathieu Tanguay
Team Canada
Manager, Communications

Off: 418-656-2131 x 4165
Cell: 418-569-9778

Alan Hudes 
Coordinator, Communications
Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 242
Cell: 647-991-5343