The Nipissing Lakers will be strongly represented at the FISU Winter Games 2021 in Switzerland in December;
The Nipissing Lakers will be strongly represented at the FISU Winter Games 2021 in Switzerland in December.
The Lakers will send four athletes – including three shifts of hockey and a Nordic skier – to the upcoming event from Dec. 11 until 21 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Nordic skier Alex Maycock, women’s hockey team members Katelyn Heppner and Maria Dominico will all represent Team Canada, while women’s hockey striker Marilyn Fortin will represent Team Switzerland.
All have been part or representative of their country in the past, but this will be a new experience for three of the four.
This is the first time Dominico, a North Bay product, has represented her country at an international event, and that is what she has worked towards throughout her hockey career. She attended the USports Summer Development Showcase Camp in Calgary in 2018.
“I’m so honored to have the opportunity to play for Team Canada at the FISU games in Switzerland,” Dominico said in a press release.
“This experience will give me memories that I will carry around with me for the rest of my life. I know that I will represent myself and my Lakers family with pride and to the best of my ability. I believe there are opportunities. ” like the ones that made me the player I am today and I hope that sharing my experiences will help inspire other young girls to get into the sport. ”
Heppner has been playing baseball on the national stage with Team Manitoba for nine years
“For me it is a dream to be called up to Team Canada and to be able to wear the Canadian jersey,” said Heppner.
“It’s an honor to be able to represent your country while playing the game you love, so this is a great opportunity that I will always remember. Plus, it’s an added bonus that I can be with a few teammates go to Switzerland. ”
Fortin has now been part of the Swiss national program for six years and plays all over the world, but has not been able to play in Switzerland since the 2016-17 season.
“Since I first appeared for the Swiss national team, it has been an honor to wear the cross,” says the PEI product.
“It’s been a while since I was able to play in Switzerland so I’m really excited to go across the pond and come back to play. I’m really excited to be playing in front of some family and friends, and Not to mention that I can play against some of my teammates and show them how great Switzerland really is. ”
This is the second time Maycock has represented Canada at the FISU Games after driving for Canada in Krasnoyarsk, Russia in 2019. His top result there was the 19th of 80 men in the 1500m skate sprint.
“I feel fit after the cross-country run to do well in a month on snow,” said the graduate student.
“I’m delighted to be able to represent Canada and Nipissing at these games. It’s always very proud to wear the maple leaf. I really appreciate the balance between student and athlete that Nipissing has created for me and I’m looking forward to it to drive the best races. ” worldwide.”
The 30th Winter Universiade will take place in Central Switzerland. This is the first time that the Winter Universiade has returned to Switzerland since the second edition of the event in 1962 in nearby Villars.
On November 6, 2020, the FISU Executive Committee approved the proposal of the Organizing Committee of the event to postpone the Lucerne Winter Universiade 2021 due to COVID-19 11.-21. December 2021 (original dates were January 21-31, 2021).
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