Hilary Howe (Left) and Kristen Sakaki (Right) join Team Canada for the 2019 FISU Universiade (Photo Credit: Trinity Western University)

Three Trinity Western athletes join Team Canada

Three local Trinity Western athletes will go to Naples, Italy for the FISU Universiade

Three Trinity Western Spartans are packing their bags this July to play overseas for Team Canada in the 2019 FISU Universiade. This year’s games for university athletes are held in Naples, Italy, which will house 60 countires and over 300 Canadians.

Local students Kristen Sakaki and Elizabeth Hicks were selected to play for Team Canada’s women’s soccer team, now offically made up of the country’s top players aged 17 to 25.

READ MORE: Langley Swimmer Joins National Team

Though the games are a prestigous oppourtunity, Sakaki says the chance to travel abroad is what really stands out for her.

“When I first heard about it, there were these games going on which I didn’t know much about. But then I heard it was Italy and got so excited. I love Europe.”

Hilary Howe will also join Team Canada by playing on the Women’s Volleyball team.

Howe says her highlight is “being able to play at a high level and represent Canada is such an oppurtunity.”

The games get underway July 3 to 14, but Sakaki and Hicks will fly to Portugal in late June to get a chance to practise with the the full team beforehand. As the games near, all three athletes are stepping up the intensity and practising daily.

Sakaki added that her post-secondary experience in Langley has helped her get to where she is today. “I’m just super excited and thankful for Trinity Western for developing me and giving me this oppurtunity.”

Howe also felt pride for her Trinity team, saying, “If anything, I’d like to thank my team. They’re my best friends and all amazing girls.”

People can watch the live broadcast and the entire Universiade competition on the FISU website.

.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: ryan.uytdewilligen@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

@TrinityWesternSpartansTrinity Western University

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vandals deface Aldergrove elementary school with racist slur, male genitalia

Langley School District confirms it has filed a report with the Langley RCMP

‘Our hands are tied’: Langley Good Times Cruise-In announces cancellation due to COVID-19

People are encouraged to donate to the chosen Langley charities online, said Cruise-In director

Sources receives $70K from SurreyCares

Funds will help with warehouse space for food programs in Surrey, White Rock, Langley

Conservationists in race against time to rehabilitate grizzly cubs transferred to Aldergrove zoo

‘Let them be assessed now before their fate is sealed,’ urges B.C. conservationist Barb Murray

Pink flags on Langley church grounds raise awareness about sex-selective abortion

On Saturday, 1,000 pink flags will be placed on the lawn of Christ Covenant Church

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

VIDEO: Vancouver Island cat missing 18 months reunited with family

Blue the cat found at Victoria museum 17 kilometres from home

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning in East Kootenay lake

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Police nab three impaired drivers in one night in Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows RCMP served 80 impaired driving infractions in June

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

Lower Mainland YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Conservatives say police should be called into investigate WE charity scandal

Trudeau is already under investigation by the ethics commissioner for potential conflict of interest

Most Read