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Plenty of locals heading to World University Games in Switzerland

Nine Laurier Golden Hawks past and present, a UW athletic therapist and two former Kitchener Rangers will represent Canada at the FISU Winter Universiade December 11-21
Matt Hall
Photo courtesy Laurier Golden Hawks.

From Waterloo Region to the world stage.

A number of local connections will be part of the Canadian contingent heading to Switzerland for the FISU Winter Universiade next month.

Over 140 Canadians will participate at the World University Games in men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's curling, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, snowboarding and short track speed skating.

Among those wearing the maple leaf are nine Laurier Golden Hawks past and present, a pair of former Kitchener Rangers and a University of Waterloo athletic therapist.

Laurier will be well represented in men's curling.  Matthew Hall, Robert Lyon-Hatcher and Adam Vincent will compete, and coached by Matthew Wilkinson and Graham Singer.

Adam and Jacob Farber, along with Katherine Lindsay will compete in snowboarding.

Laurier women's hockey coach Kelly Paton will be an Assistant Coach on the women's national team.

University of Waterloo will be represented by Jacqueline Schwantz.  The Waterloo native and women's hockey athletic therapist will be the head athletic therapist for the entire Canadian team.

On the men's hockey team, two former Kitchener Rangers cracked the roster: Liam Hawel (who now plays for St. Francis Xavier) and former 50-goal scorer Jonathan Yantsis (who is with Queen's).

The games take place December 11-21.


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