OTTAWA – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, as the Canadian representative of Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU), announced Thursday, May 1st the appointment of PETER BAXTER, Wilfrid Laurier’s Director of Athletics and Recreation as the Canadian chef de mission for the 24th Winter Universiade in Harbin, China (January 18-28, 2009).
Baxter has been head of Wilfrid Laurier’s Athletics department since 1998, and previously occupied a similar position at the University of Toronto in Mississauga (1991-98). In his ten years with the purple-and-gold program Baxter has been a part of many interuniversity and recreation successes including 20 of the school’s 50 provincial (OUA) championships and six of the school’s ten national (CIS) championships. He has led the renewal of all three of Laurier’s athletic facilities which have seen a significant growth in recreation, intramural and fitness activities.
“Peter will be an exceptional chef de mission. He has experience and leadership qualities that are key to the position. I’m confident Peter will be an outstanding ambassador for Canada and will greatly enhance the student-athlete experience,” said Joe Morissette, CIS International and Sport Programs Services.
Baxter’s international experience includes serving as a team manager with the Canadian national canoe team, founding the only Olympic Weightlifting Centre in the Metro Toronto Area, and hosting the 1995 Pan American weightlifting championships. In 2003, Wilfrid Laurier’s women’s hockey team hosted Team China for an exhibition game and, in 2007, Baxter helped secure an exchange program with Nanjing University in China for Wilfrid Laurier coaches and student-athletes.
Also competing at the Winter Universiade will be Wilfrid Laurier’s women’s and men’s curling teams. The two teams booked their tickets to Harbin by winning the inaugural CIS championships this past March.
“It’s an honour to be a part of the team that will support our Canadian university student-athletes at this Universiade,” commented Baxter. “It’s even more special to be with our own Wilfrid Laurier athletes as they compete representing Canada in addition to the Golden Hawk program.”
The 2009 Winter Universiade in China will feature over 50 sporting events, encompassed in the following 12 sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, ski jumping, nordic combined, biathlon, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, short track speed skating, long track speed skating, figure skating, snowboard and curling.
Official website for the Winter Universiade: www.harbin2009.org
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. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit www.universitysport.ca.