Kristy Wiltshire




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LANGLEY, British Columbia –
Trinity Western University will be duly represented on the field of play at this year’s FISU Games in Schenzhen, China – with athletes on both of Canada’s volleyball teams and the women’s soccer team – but they will also have a presence off the field as the Spartans registered massage therapist Kristy Wiltshire was named the massage therapist for Canada’s Core Medical Team.

Wiltshire, who has been with Trinity Western since 2007, has been involved in a wide swath of national and international sporting events, including working with the B.C. Lions for one season, the Cirque du Soliel Dralion show, the National Gymnastics Championships and the 2010 Paralympics, where she was on the host medical team in the polyclinic, but never has she traveled with a core medical team to a competition of this magnitude.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity,” Wiltshire said. “For the last 10 years I have worked towards this and especially in the last five years since I became a massage therapist.  I have always wanted to work with Team Canada and I am so excited and honoured to be part of the team. I have put in a lot of time and effort to get here but it was well worth it. Working with university level athletes has continually inspired me to be a leader in the sport massage field.”
While in China, Wiltshire will be working with all of the Canadian athletes doing pre-event, mid-event, post-event and rehabilitation massage therapy.

“I am excited about everything,” she said. “I’m looking forward to learning new things from other disciplines and working with both Trinity Western athletes and new athletes. I am excited to step into the unknown and to use my skills and knowledge in a different place.”

Being in such a high-level environment will also broaden her horizons and help her take steps toward her ultimate goal of working with the Core Medical Team at an Olympic Games.

“This experience will help me continue to be a very versatile sports massage therapist as I’ll be working with a wide variety of athletes. I will gain more knowledge and learn different techniques and treatments for different injuries, which I will be able to use when helping our teams back here at Trinity Western.

“I know this opportunity would not be possible without the time and work I have put in at Trinity Western. I need to thank [head athletic therapist at TWU] Natalie [Ghobrial] for bringing me on to be part of the team so I could gain the hands-on experience to become the knowledgeable sport massage therapist I have grown into both on and off the field.”

Wiltshire has been a registered massage therapist since 2006, a certified sport massage therapist since 2009 and is currently the president of the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association. For the last two years she has worked at Clayton Heights Chiropractic in Cloverdale.

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: 2011-08-09
Author: Mark Janzen