Kazan, Russia - July 6-17, 2013

2013 Summer Universiade

2013 Summer Universiade: Canadian synchro swimmers ready for Universiade debut

2013 Summer Universiade: Canadian synchro swimmers ready for Universiade debut

OTTAWA (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in conjunction with Synchro Canada, announced Tuesday the student-athletes who will represent Canada in synchronized swimming at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.

Summer Universiade website: www.kazan2013.com/en
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/summer/2013 

It will mark the first-ever appearance for the sport at the world university games. The competition is set for July 5 to 9.

The Canadian roster is comprised of Janelle Ball of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., Gabriella Brisson of Calgary, Rachel Fréchette of Deux-Montagnes, Que., Caroline Larcher-Landry of Gatineau, Que., Rebecca Maule of Guelph, Ont., Katie MacLeod of Pointe-Claire, Que., Samantha Nealon of Morriston, Ont., as well as Lisa Sanders of Gormley, Ont.

Nealon, a Concordia University student, is the only team member who will compete in solo events.

“For many of those athletes, the Summer Universiade will be their first major multisport international event,” said Meng Chen, Synchro Canada’s senior national team head coach.

“Our athletes need to be in a competition simulation as often as possible to be able to progress in their personal sport development. There is no doubt in my mind that this experience with be beneficial for our athletes, those with less international experience and those with more who will be able to accompany their teammates, and for the long term development of our senior national team program.”


Name   University/College Hometown  Events  
Janelle Ball  John Abbott   Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que. TT / FT 
Gabriella Brisson McGill   Calgary, Alta.  TT / FT
Rachel Fréchette Concordia  Deux-Montagnes, Que. TT / FT
Caroline Larcher-Landry Ahuntsic   Gatineau, Que.  TT (alternate) / FT
Rebecca Maule  Concordia  Guelph, Ont.  TT / FT
Katie MacLeod  John Abbott   Pointe-Claire, Que. TT / FT
Samantha Nealon Concordia  Morriston, Ont.  TT / FT / TS / FS
Lisa Sanders  Concordia  Gormley, Ont.  TT / FT

LEGEND: TT: technical team - FT: free team - TS: technical solo - FS: free solo

Coach: Anastasia Goutseva
Coach: Kara Kalin
Team Leader: Isabelle Lecompte

About the Summer Universiade

The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport event that takes place every two years and is second only to the Olympic Games in the number of participating athletes and countries. The Universiade is 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.

About Synchro Canada

Synchro Canada is the national organization governing synchronized swimming in Canada. It represents 10 provincial associations, a territorial association, as well as some 150 clubs and 12,000 members across Canada. A member of FINA, the world’s governing aquatic sports organization, Synchro Canada promotes the quest for excellence by developing the athletes, citizens and ambassadors of the sport of synchronized swimming at every level. For further information, visit Synchro Canada’s Website at www.synchro.ca or follow Synchro Canada on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 54 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

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