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LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western University athletics will have a rather prominent representation at the 2011 FISU Games as no less than 11 Spartans will don the red and white in Shenzhen, China this August.

When the 26th Summer Universiade kicks off its opening ceremonies Aug. 12, Trinity Western will have seven athletes – four women’s soccer players, two men’s volleyball players and one women’s volleyball player – three coaches – two women’s soccer coaches and one men’s volleyball coach – and one massage therapist sporting the maple leaf.

For the women’s soccer team, which held its training camp at Trinity Western this past week, midfielders Nat Boyd (Surrey, B.C.) and Melissa Mobilio (Coquitlam, B.C.), forwards Daniela Gerig (Langley, B.C.) and Nikki Wright (Cloverdale, B.C.) and coaches Graham Roxburgh, Team Canada’s head coach, and Neil Turner, Team Canada’s goalie and video coach, will all be making the trip to China.

The men’s volleyball team will have a distinct Spartans flavour thanks to middle Rudy Verhoeff (Calgary, Alta.), leftside Marc Howatson (Victoria, B.C.) and coach Ben Josephson, who is Team Canada’s assistant coach.

And for women’s volleyball, middle Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) will play for Team Canada’s FISU entry after just her first season at the university level.

The Spartans registered massage therapist, Kristy Wiltshire, will also be going to China as part of Canada’s Core Medical Team.

At the 2009 FISU Games in Belgrade, Serbia, Trinity Western also had 11 athletes and staff members represent Canada. Mobilio and Wright are the only Spartans athletes and Roxburgh is the only Spartans coach who also attended the Belgrade Games.

This year, for the first time in Universiade history, FISU, the governing body of international university sport, will have live streaming on its TV website

Starting with the Opening Ceremony of the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China on August 12th and up to the Closing Ceremony of the Games on August 23rd, more than 100 hours of live streaming and Video-on-Demand (VoD) content will be available to watch, showing a selection of live events of the sports program and highlights from all 24 sports on the program: athletics, basketball, volleyball, football, aquatics (swimming, diving, water polo), gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic, aerobics), tennis, table tennis, badminton, sport shooting, chess, fencing, judo, taekwondo, cycling, archery, weightlifting, sailing, golf and beach volleyball.

Canada’s Women’s Soccer Schedule (click here for complete schedule)
Aug 11 Great Britain vs. Canada – 4:30 p.m.
Aug 13 Canada vs. China – 7:30 p.m.
Aug 15 Canada vs. Chinese Taipei – 7:30 p.m.

Canada’s Men’s Volleyball Schedule (click here for complete schedule)
Aug 13 Canada vs. Switzerland – 8:00 p.m.
Aug 14 China vs. Canada – 8:00 p.m.
Aug 16 Canada vs. Norway – 8:00 p.m.
Aug 17 Australia vs. Canada – 8:00 p.m.

Canada’s Women’s Volleyball Schedule (click here for complete schedule)
Aug 14 Poland vs. Canada – 6:00 p.m.
Aug 15 Canada vs. Chinese Taipei – 6:00 p.m.
Aug 16 France vs. Canada – 6:00 p.m.

Note: Shenzhen, China is 15 hours ahead of PST

Follow the Spartans athletes in China at and on Twitter @TWUSpartans

Team Canada Official Website

Schenzhen Official Website

FISU.TV Website

FISUTV YouTube Channel

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 Spartan Athletics
Since Trinity Western entered the CIS in 1999, Spartan student-athletes have accumulated a number of significant awards including a CIS Athlete of the Year (BLG) award, four CIS Player of the Year awards, a CIS Elite Eight Academic All-Canadian award, three CIS Rookie of the Year awards, a CIS Libero of the Year award, three CIS community service awards and numerous CIS All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star awards. In twelve years as members of the CIS, the Spartans have won six national titles (women’s soccer in 2004, 2008, 2009 and men’s volleyball in 2006, 2011), 15 CIS championship medals, an individual CIS championship in track and seven Canada West championships.

About TWU
Trinity Western University, in Langley, BC, is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counselling psychology, marriage and family therapy, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.

About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year, 1997 to 2010. Comprised of 14 schools, from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. “cwuaa” on Twitter.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-one universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches 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


Last Updated: 2011-08-05
Author: Mark Janzen