Swimmers Kelsey Wog of the Manitoba Bisons and Kylie Masse from the Toronto Varsity Blues highlight 147 U SPORTS Olympians set to represent Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
The list includes 62 current, former, and incoming U SPORTS student-athletes who have participated in the 12 U SPORTS-sanctioned sports, as well as 46 additional athletes who have represented Canada in FISU International competition – both at previous World University Games (WUG) and World University Championships (WUC). The 108 student-athletes with ties to U SPORTS represents over 29 per cent of Team Canada’s 370-member delegation.
“We are excited to watch our student-athletes and alumni compete for gold on the world stage. Their commitment to realizing this dream and representing Team Canada at the Olympics is a testament to the valuable high-performance pathway that Canadian university sport delivers.”
Lisette Johnson-Stapley - Chief Sport Officer, U SPORTS
Wog, a breastroke specialist over her five-year career with the Bisons, captured both the U SPORTS Female Athlete of the Year Award and was named a Top 8 Academic All-Canadian for the 2019-20 season.
Masse, meanwhile, who competed for the Varsity Blues from 2014-19, earned the U SPORTS Athlete of Year nod in her second campaign, before capturing a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the 100m backstroke – before later becoming a world champion and record holder in her signature event.
Both athletes previously reached the podium at the FISU Summer Games in 2017 and 2015, respectively.
The U SPORTS Olympic contingent also features 39 coaches – 14 exclusively with FISU experience and the remaining 25 coming from official U SPORTS-sanctioned sports, led by two-time Olympian and women’s basketball bench boss Lisa Thomaidis of the reigning national champion Saskatchewan Huskies.
A complete list of U SPORTS Olympians is available below. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games run July 23 - Aug. 8.
U SPORTS Olympians
*The UBC cross country team joined CW and U SPORTS in advance of the 2018-19 season from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Its Track and Field teams continue to compete in NAIA competition.
**The Simon Fraser wrestling and women’s basketball programs competed in CW and U SPORTS from 2002-10. Its cross country and track and field programs have competed exclusively in the NAIA and NCAA Div. II.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list of Tokyo 2020 Olympians with ties to university sports in Canada. Additional athletes, coaches, support, medical and mission staff, officials, broadcasters, as well as non-Canadian Olympians not captured are being identified and promoted by individual U SPORTS member institutions.