Alberta's Schmiemann named Canadian flag bearer for 2019 Winter Universiade

    Alberta Pandas curling alumna Danielle Schmiemann has been named Canada’s flag bearer for the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade.

    By U SPORTS Communications on January 31, 2019

    Alberta Pandas curling alumna Danielle Schmiemann has been named Canada’s flag bearer for the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade.

    Schmiemann, who will lead Canada into the Opening Ceremony, headlines the first 61 members of the delegation announced Thursday, set to compete Mar. 2-12 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. At the last Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Schmiemann helped her Alberta rink win Canada’s only gold medal of the Games.

    “I am extremely honoured to have been selected to represent not only curling, but our entire Canadian Delegation at the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade,” said Schmiemann, who won a U SPORTS championship with the Pandas last season and competes on the World Curling Tour with 2017 flag bearer and former University of Alberta teammate Kelsey Rocque. “Earning the opportunity to wear the maple leaf on your back is always a dream come true, and being able to carry the flag for Canada gives me a great amount of pride and excitement for the upcoming Games.”

    Schmiemann helped lead the Pandas to the 2018 U SPORTS Curling Championship, the third in program history, earning the right to represent Canada in Russia. The Golden Bears will also represent team Canada, as they too won the national curling championship last March. 

    The preliminary delegation includes the Canadian teams in five sports, including alpine and cross country skiing, biathlon, curling and snowboard. All five teams are selected and managed in partnership with each respective National Sport Organization (NSO).

    The Canadian men’s and women’s hockey teams – which will be exclusively composed of U SPORTS student-athletes – will be announced at a later date, following the initial rounds of the conference playoffs, which overlap with this year’s FISU Winter Universiade.

    Canada won three medals at the 2017 FISU Winter Universiade, including gold in women’s curling, a silver medal in women’s hockey and a bronze in men’s hockey. Full Team Canada medal history at the FISU Winter Universiade is available here.

    The Opening Ceremony of the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade will be held Mar. 2 at the Platinum Arena, beginning at 8:19 a.m. ET / 5:19 a.m. PT (8:19 p.m. local time). Full schedule is available here.

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    First Name

    Last Name

    School

    Hometown

    Program

    Christopher

    Kennedy

    Alberta

    Red Deer, Alta.

    Kinesiology, Sport & Rec.

    Glenn

    Venance

    Alberta

    Kitscoty, Alta.

    Education

    Karsten

    Sturmay

    Alberta

    Leduc, Alta.

    Science

    Tristan

    Steinke

    Alberta

    Dawson Creek, B.C.

    Education

    Danielle

    Schmiemann

    Alberta

    Stony Plain, Alta.

    Kinesiology, Sport & Rec.

    Jessica

    Iles

    Alberta

    The Pas, Man.

    Business

    Kristen

    Streifel

    Alberta

    Clavet, Sask.

    Kinesiology, Sport & Rec.

    Paige

    Papley

    Alberta

    Beaumont, Alta.

    Open Studies

    Selena

    Sturmay

    Alberta

    Leduc, Alta.

    Nursing

     

    Head Coach: Robert Krepps, Alberta (Edmonton, Alta.)
    Associate Coach: Garry Coderre, Alberta (Forget, Sask.)
    Team Official: Jason Ginter, Alberta (Dawson Creek, B.C.)