OTTAWA - Canadian Interuniversity Sport, as the Canadian representative of Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU), announced Monday the appointment of Canada’s chefs de mission for the 2011 Winter and Summer Universiades.
PETER BAXTER, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Wilfrid Laurier University, will head Team Canada at the 26th Summer Games in Shenzhen, China, from August 12 to 23 while Ryerson’s Associate Director, Beth Ali will lead the red-and-white in Erzurum, Turkey, from January 27 to February 6.
"I'm excited to once again have the opportunity to represent Canada internationally," commented Baxter on his second trip to China with a Universiade team. In 2009 Peter got his first taste at the job as he led Team Canada in Harbin, China at the winter games. "I look forward to the opportunity to work with a strong team from across the nation to support and promote our Canadian athletes."
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 between the ages of 17 and 28 in the year of the Games who are 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.
Baxter has been at Laurier since 1998, and previously occupied a similar position at the University of Toronto in Mississauga (1991-98). He currently serves as CIS Vice-President, Marketing and sits on the CIS Board of Directors.
In addition to his position in Harbin, his international experience includes serving as manager with the Canadian national canoe team, founding and establishing the only Olympic Weightlifting Centre in the Metro Toronto Area, and hosting the 1995 Pan American weightlifting championships. He is also the co-founder of the Ontario Olympic Youth Academy.
"We are extremely pleased to have both Beth and Peter lead and represent the Canadian delegation at the 2011 Universiades," said Mary MacDonald, CIS Manager of Sports and International Programs. "Their experience, dedication and commitment will help ensure that Canadian student-athletes continue to be enriched by their international experiences."
The Team Canada staff members who will assist Baxter and Ali at the 2011 Universiades will be announce later in June.