VANCOUVER, BC – Canadian university athletes are back on the world stage as the FISU 2022 World Championship Golf tournament gets underway in Turin, Italy.
After the last-minute cancellation of the Lucerne 2021 Winter University Games, the golf tournament signals the first time Canadian university athletes are on the FISU stage since the pandemic’s beginning.
Six Canadian student-athletes make up the Maple Leaf contingent, with the men’s side featuring Charles-David Trépanier of the University of Laval and Jacob Armstrong and Jackson Jacob of the University of Fraser Valley.
The women’s side features UBCO’s Emma Cornwall, alongside Élizabeth Blier and Sasha Laoun of the University of Montreal Carabins.
Armstrong, who leads the men’s team, recently finished second at the Canadian University and College Championships in Bromont, Quebec. Meanwhile, Jacob finished eighth but won the University of Alberta Invitational at Northern Bear Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta, earlier this year.
Trépanier of the Laval Rouge et Or rounds out the Canadian men’s squad with several RSEQ All-Star nominations to his resume.
Cornwall, 19, is the youngest Canadian athlete at the event and will look to establish herself on the global stage after winning the Alberta junior championship. She helped UBCO finish second at the Canada West Championships last year.
Montreal Carabin, Sasha Laoun, finished fifth at the Canadian University and College Championships earlier this year and represented Team Canada at the 2022 Deaflympics in Caxias do Sul, Brazil. She’ll be joined by fellow Carabin Élizabeth Blier.
18 national federations are participating in the FISU 2022 World Championship Golf tournament, with the awards and handover ceremonies scheduled for July 23.
This summer was poised to feature the World University Summer Games in Chengdu, China, but those have been postponed until 2023 due to COVID-19. However, Canada and U SPORTS had pulled athletes from the event before the postponement.
Despite that, U SPORTS International supports Canadian student-athletes at World Championships, including golf, before hosting the FISU World Rowing Championships in London, Ont. from July 15-23, 2023. The next World University Games are the winter edition in January 2023 in Lake Placid, NY.