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Alberta Pandas curling alumna Danielle Schmiemann has been named Canada’s flag bearer for the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade.

Schmiemann, who will lead Canada into the Opening Ceremony, headlines the first 62 members of the delegation announced Thursday, set to compete Mar. 2-12 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. At the last Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Schmiemann helped her Alberta rink win Canada’s only gold medal of the Games.

“I am extremely honoured to have been selected to represent not only curling, but our entire Canadian Delegation at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade,” said Schmiemann, who won a U SPORTS championship with the Pandas last season and competes on the World Curling Tour with 2017 flag bearer and former University of Alberta teammate Kelsey Rocque. “Earning the opportunity to wear the maple leaf on your back is always a dream come true, and being able to carry the flag for Canada gives me a great amount of pride and excitement for the upcoming Games.”

The preliminary delegation includes the Canadian teams in five sports, including alpine and cross country skiing, biathlon, curling and snowboard. All five teams are selected and managed in partnership with each respective National Sport Organization (NSO).

The Canadian men’s and women’s hockey teams – which will be exclusively composed of U SPORTS student-athletes – will be announced at a later date, following the initial rounds of the conference playoffs, which overlap with this year’s FISU Winter Universiade.

“This is a watershed moment for those who have received a nomination today and a testament to their hard work and dedication,” said Roger Archambault, who was selected as Team Canada Chef de Mission for the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade last September and has served as the Assistant Athletic Director, High Performance with the Ottawa Gee-Gees, as well as the Manager of Team Services with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) at Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. “Representing Canada on the world stage is a rare opportunity, together as one team, our student-athletes, coaches, and mission staff will carry the Canadian flag with pride as we compete against the world on this one of a kind sports stage. I am already very proud of this group.”

Canada won three medals at the 2017 FISU Winter Universiade, including gold in women’s curling, a silver medal in women’s hockey and a bronze in men’s hockey. Full Team Canada medal history at the FISU Winter Universiade is available here.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade will be held Mar. 2 at the Platinum Arena, beginning at 8:19 a.m. ET / 5:19 a.m. PT (8:19 p.m. local time). Full schedule is available here.

“We are extremely proud of every student-athlete and staff member representing Team Canada at the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer at U SPORTS. “The FISU Games are the Olympics of University Sport. So many memories are made on and off the field of play for our Canadian student-athletes, who are unique in that they balance academics with athletics, and they deserve the chance to wear the maple leaf. We are looking forward to supporting all of our teams as they go for gold in Russia this winter.”

To support Team Canada through the Be a Game Changer RallyMe fundraising campaign click here.

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Roger Archambault Chef de Mission Ottawa Gee-Gees Gatineau, Que.
Charonne Thomasos Assistant Chef de Mission U SPORTS Toronto, Ont.
Lia Taha Cheng Operations Manager Royal Canadian Legion Ottawa, Ont.
Chris Zuk Communications Manager University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Man.
Daniela Passarelli Communications Coordinator Belleville Senators Montreal, Que.
Lee Schofield  Chief Medical Officer Toronto Varsity Blues Wallaceburg, Ont.
Connie  Klassen Chief Therapist Camosun College Winnipeg, Man.
Nadine Smith Medical Core Carleton Ravens Ottawa, Ont.
Amandev Aulakh Medical Core - Oakville, Ont.
Mireille  Landry Medical Core University of Toronto Toronto, Ont.



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Head Coach: Bryan Dubeau (Owen Sound, Ont.)
Assistant Coach: Mary Waddell (Sudbury, Ont.)
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Danielle Schmiemann* Alberta Stony Plain, Alta. Kinesiology, Sport & Rec.
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Paige Papley Alberta Beaumont, Alta. Open Studies
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*Flag bearer

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Associate Coach: Garry Coderre, Alberta (Forget, Sask.)
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