U SPORTS Correspondents

 

Safia Ahmad

Women’s Hockey Correspondent 

Safia Ahmad is a graduate student in journalism at Concordia University.  She has been passionate about sports journalism since her teen years and hopes to pursue a career in the field. She wants to combine her interests in feminism and sports to help pave the way for women striving to make a career in a male-dominated field.

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Burchill

Cross Country/Track & Field Correspondent 

Leah Burchill is a journalism student at Carleton University. She competed for four years with the Ottawa Lions track and field club, which coaches the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens varsity teams. She hopes to reflect her love and respect for the sport into her writing and excited to help showcase talented and interesting Canadian track athletes who deserve the recognition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austin Stanton

Swimming Correspondent 

Austin Stanton is a fourth-year journalism student at Carleton University. His greatest passion in life is sports and enjoys storytelling of all forms. Austin swam competitively for the Burlington Aquatic Devilrays and is a four-time OUA medalist with the Carleton Ravens men's water polo team.

 

 

 



 

 

 

Alexander Cole

Men’s Hockey Correspondent

Alexander Cole is a second-year journalism student at Concordia university. He is the sports editor of The Concordian and is also a radio host on CJLO 1690 AM - the university's campus radio station - on The Concordian Radio Show, and also co-hosts The Starting Rotation as well as CJLO Sports. 

Alex mostly focuses on covering hockey and football. In his spare time, he also does play-by-play and colour commentary for men's hockey and football games on CJLO 1690.

 


 

 

Natasha Cyrille

Women’s Volleyball Correspondent 

Natasha is a second-year Sport Media student at Ryerson University. She’s played volleyball since 11 years old and has stayed involved in the game since as a certified Level 1 referee with the Ontario Volleyball Association and as the colour commentator for the Ryerson Rams men’s and women’s volleyball teams. Natasha looks forward to sharing the stories of the incredible U SPORTS athletes and is excited for the U SPORTS Women’s Volleyball Championship taking place at Ryerson. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casey Dulson

Football/Women’s Basketball Correspondent 

Casey is a political science graduate from Concordia University. He spent three years writing for Concordia’s newspaper, The Concordian where he covered Stingers basketball and football.  He fell in love with U SPORTS football after watching the double-overtime thriller in the 47th  Vanier Cup between the Laval Rouge et Or and McMaster Marauders.

Casey has covered two U SPORTS football championships - the 50th Vanier Cup in Montreal and the 52nd ArcelorMittal Dofasco Vanier Cup in Hamilton. He has also covered one U SPORTS Men’s Final 8 Basketball Championship at Ryerson University in 2015 and one RSEQ Basketball Final Four in 2016 at McGill University. He can be followed on twitter, @Casey_Dulson.

 

 

 

 

Kaitlin Jingco

Men’s Soccer/Men’s Volleyball Correspondent 

Kaitlin is a recent graduate of Western University’s Master of Media in Journalism and Communication program. She now works as the communications manager for her local MPP, and keeps in touch with her love for sports and journalism as a U SPORTS Correspondent for men’s soccer and men’s volleyball.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dylan Konecny

Football/Men’s Basketball Correspondent 

Dylan is a post-grad student in Toronto and a satellite Sports Reporter for the Sherbrooke Record, covering the Bishop’s Gaiters and the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL. He is a former sports editor for The Campus, the student newspaper at Bishop’s University, and played for the Gaiters from 2011 to 2015, while studying politics and business.

 

 

 

 

Katie Maryschuk

Cross Country/Track & Field Correspondent 

Katie Maryschuk is a fourth-year Media and Communications student studying on the west coast of Canada, at Langley’s Trinity Western University. She is no stranger to athletics, having played basketball, volleyball and track and field throughout high school and is a member of the TWU Spartans track and field varsity squad. Her passion aligns with the athletic perspective of hard work, perseverance and a genuine love for the game. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan McPhaden 

International Correspondent 

Megan McPhaden is a Master of Journalism student at Carleton University. For the past six years, she has covered university sports at the provincial, national and international level. In July 2015, she was selected as one of 12 student sports journalists from around the world for the FISU Young Reporters Program to cover the 28th Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea. Megan's long term goal is to work as a foreign correspondent. 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Graham Neysmith

Women’s Hockey Correspondent 

Graham is covering women's hockey as part of the U SPORTS Correspondent Program. He is a play-by-play broadcaster with McGill University Athletics, calling varsity hockey and soccer games. In December 2016, Graham was the play-by-play man at the Canadian World Junior Selection Camp, when World Junior prospects took on the U SPORTS All-Star team. He can be found on Twitter, @GNeysmith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Pinkerton

Football Correspondent 

Charlie Pinkerton is a fourth-year journalism student at Carleton University. He is passionate about sports writing and has experience writing about athletics for the Ottawa Sportspage, The Kingston Whig-Standard and The Sault Star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Ryan

Football/Curling Correspondent 

Christian Ryan is a second-year Sport Media student at Ryerson University. He previously obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English at Acadia University, where he provided colour commentary for the Acadia Axemen and Axewomen soccer teams. He continues his broadcast involvement with various Ryerson Rams teams as well as continued coverage of AUS football.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Stelter 

Men’s Hockey Correspondent

Ryan is a third year-student at the University of Manitoba majoring in English. He is currently the sports editor at the campus media outlet the Manitoban, after working for the newspaper the past two years. He has covered the Manitoba Bisons football, soccer, hockey, basketball, and volleyball teams. Ryan has also called plenty of action on CanadaWest.TV, including Duckworth Challenge matches against the crosstown rival Winnipeg Wesmen.

When he isn’t on campus reporting on all the action, Ryan is playing hockey himself across rinks in south eastern Manitoba. 

 

 

 

 

Alana Thoman

Women’s Soccer Correspondent 

Alana was born and raised in Elmira, Ont., and came to Ottawa to attend journalism school at Carleton University. She has always been interested in sports growing up and wishes to pursue a career in sports journalism. Having played soccer for most of her life, Alana loves sharing the stories of U SPORTS soccer players through her writing and is looking forward to learning more about these talented athletes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arman Zobeiry

Wrestling Correspondent 

As a writer, media production major, and lifetime supporter of combat sports, Arman Zobeiry brings a unique mix of experience to telling the stories of young Canadian wrestlers. He has trained in wrestling and Brazilian jiu jitsu for over six years, and claims to have learned countless valuable life lessons on the mats.