From left: Ryan, Murchie, and Flockhart of Wilfrid Laurier University will represent Canada at the 2017 Summer Universiade this August
WATERLOO, Ont. (July 13, 2017)- Austin Ryan
and Eric Flockhart of MGOLF, as well as WSOCC forward Maxine Murchie
have been selected to play for Team Canada in their respective sports at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taiwan
From August 19th-30th, the 2017 Summer Universiade will take place in Taipei, Taiwan. Only second to the Olympic Games, the Universiade is an international sporting and cultural event that is put on in a different city every two years. It incorporates educational and cultural aspects into sports competitions, which allows university student-athletes from all over the world to compete while celebrating friendship and sportsmanship.
Laurier golfing duo Austin Ryan
of Waterloo, Ont., and Eric Flockhart from Mississauga, Ont., are two of three male athletes who will make up Canada’s men’s golf team at the Summer Universiade under head coach Chris Bertram, who hails from University of the Fraser Valley.
Ryan joined the purple and gold in 2013, where he finished his first season as an OUA Golf Second Team All-Star and was named Laurier golf’s Team Rookie of the Year. In his third season, he earned individual gold at the Guelph Invitational and was honoured as the team’s most valuable player. Ryan has now completed his fourth year at Laurier, during which he achieved his best season with the Hawks to date. He got off to quick success after tying for first at the Waterloo Invitational. Most notably, during the 2016-17 OUA Championships, Ryan captured the individual men’s crown, making him the first Golden Hawk to earn OUA gold in golf since 2002.
As for Flockhart, the Communications Studies graduate joined the Hawks in 2014, and quickly became a key player for the team. In just his second season, Flockhart finished the 2015-16 OUA Championships as Laurier’s top golfer, as he tied for 14th, which helped the Hawks finish 5th overall. He then went on to lead Laurier’s men’s golf team at the 2016 Canadian University/College Championships, as he placed 21stoverall. To round out that same year, Flockhart took part in the Investors Group Ontario Men’s Amatuer. Last season, Flockhart continued to shine, as he accumulated a gold medal at the Toronto Invitational, the Guelph Invitational, and the Waterloo Invitational. In addition, his last two gold medal performances earned him recognition as OUA Peak Performer. At the 2016-17 OUA Championships, Flockhart finished strong on the men’s side by finishing tied for 21st overall.
Most recently, Ryan and Flockhart lead Laurier’s men’s golf team at the 2017 Canadian University/College Championship, where the Hawks captured the silver medal and thus made program history as it was their best finish to date.
This will be both Ryan and Flockhart's first time competing at the Summer Universiade. The men are looking to help Team Canada improve upon their 6th place finish at the last Summer Universiade, which was held in Gwanju, South Korea in 2015.
The third Laurier athlete set to represent the country at the 2017 Summer Universiade is women’s soccer forward Maxine Murchie
. The Kitchener, Ont. native will compete with 19 other top female soccer players from across the nation, under Head Coach Peyvand Mossovat from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
After playing the 2012-2013 season as a midfielder for the University of Central Florida , Murchie returned to her hometown north of the border and joined Laurier’s women’s soccer team. The Economics major first took to the field in purple and gold for the 2014-15 season, after having to sit out for a season due to CIS requirements for NCAA transfers.
In her first year with the Hawks, the midfielder had 12 goals to put her at sixth overall in the OUA for goals, and 61 shots saw her finish second overall in the league for shots. Despite an injury that kept her on the sidelines for part of the 2015-16 season, Murchie assisted in Laurier’s successful playoff run, where they earned a second place finish at the OUA Championships before their season came to an end in the quarterfinals at the CIS Championships. While continuing to battle through injury for some of the 2016-17 season, Murchie transitioned to forward, where she was an unmistakeable presence for the Hawks. During the regular season, she recorded four goals and four assists, to finish the year tied for fourth for most assists in the league. Murchie’s success up front helped her team reach the first round of OUA playoffs against Guelph, where she lead the team in shots during the game.
This will be Murchie's first time representing her country at the Summer Universiade. At the last Summer Universiade tournament, Canada beat Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarter finals before falling 2-0 to Russia in the semi-finals. Canada’s fourth place finish earned the team their best- ever Universiade finish in women’s soccer thus far, and undoubtedly, this year’s group will be looking to medal.
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.- With files from FISU