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Ari Grossman and Mike Whitehouse will represent Canada at the FISU Games
Ari Grossman and Mike Whitehouse will represent Canada at the FISU Games
Grossman and Whitehouse to represent Canada

OTTAWA - Canadian Interuniversity Sport, as the Canadian representative of Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU), announced Thursday that Golden Hawk staff members, Mike Whitehouse and Ari Grossman will join the Canadian mission staffs for the 2011 Universiades.

Whitehouse will attend his first Universiade, the 26th Summer Games in Shenzhen, China from August 12th through the 23rd. He will be joined by Director of Athletics and Recreation, PETER BAXTER who will be chef de mission for the games. Mike has been the Coordinator of Communications and Technology at Wilfrid Laurier since February of 2008 but has been involved with the department since 2001 in various roles.

"Mike is an innovator recognized nationally amongst his fellow Sport Information Directors for his website design, video integration, photography, and social media applications," stated summer Chef de mission and Director of Athletics & Recreation, PETER BAXTER. "Telling the stories of our FISU games student-athletes back home is important and Mike will be a big part of our Sport Information Team."

Grossman will be attending his fourth Universiade, the 25th Winter Games in Erzurum, Turkey from January 27th to February 6th. The three-time participant will attend the winter games for the first time as previous experiences in Turkey, Thailand and Serbia were all with the summer games. This experience will be Ari's first in the manager role wearing the red-and-white.

"We are delighted with the addition of such outstanding and experienced individuals to our 2011 mission staffs," said Mary MacDonald, CIS manager of sports and international programs. "We are confident that their expertise in the field and dedication to university sport will contribute to Team Canada's success and positive experience at the upcoming Universiades."

Canada claimed six medals at the 2009 Winter Universiade including gold in the first-ever women's hockey tournament, and reached the podium 15 times at the 2009 Summer Games – all in track and field and swimming – including a pair of first-place finishes, one at the track and one at the pool.

2011 WINTER UNIVERSIADE MISSION STAFF

Chef de Mission: Beth Ali - University of Toronto
Assistant Chef: Mary MacDonald - CIS
Communications Manager: Ari Grossman - Wilfrid Laurier University
Operations Manager: Elizabeth Kiraly - CIS
Chief Medical Officer: Dr. Devin Nielsen
Chief Therapist: Andrea Prieur - University of Toronto
Physician: Dr. Taryn Taylor – Carleton University
Therapist: Jacques Lavergne – Laval University
Therapist: Vicky Wiltshire – Queen’s University

2011 SUMMER UNIVERSIADE MISSION STAFF

Chef de Mission: PETER BAXTER - Wilfrid Laurier University
Assistant Chef: Mary MacDonald - CIS
Administration Manager: James Keogh - University of Victoria
Accreditation Manager: Maureen Sparks - University of New Brunswick
Transportation Manager: Darren Cates – Royal Military College
Technical Manager: Janean Sergeant - Queen’s University
Communications Manager: Michel Bélanger - CIS
Sport Information Officer: Benoit Mongeon – University of Montreal
Sport Information Officer: Mike Whitehouse - Wilfrid Laurier University
Sport Information Officer: Chris Zuk - University of Manitoba
Sport Information Officer: Scott McLean - Simon Fraser University
Chief Medical Officer: Dr. David Mai - University of Ottawa
Chief Therapist: Mike McMurray – University of Manitoba

Note: Remaining medical team members for Summer Universiade to be selected at a later date.

About the 2011 Universiades

The 2011 Winter Universiade will feature the following 11 sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, freestyle skiing, figure skating, ice hockey (women’s and men’s), nordic combined, short track speed skating, ski jumping, and snowboarding.

Official website: www.erzurum2011.gov.tr/english

The 2011 Summer Universiade will feature the following 24 sports: aerobics, archery, artistic gymnastics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, chess, cycling, diving, fencing, golf, judo, rhythmic gymnastics, sailing and windsurfing, shooting, soccer, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and weightlifting. 

Official website: www.sz2011.org/eng

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 www.cis-sic.ca.

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