Wiens preps for trials

Global Saskatoon, May 14, 2021
Photo Credit: Diving Canada/Francois Mittens

Saskatoon’s Rylan Wiens is preparing to compete at the Olympic trials next month.

Wiens won bronze earlier this month at the FINA Diving Cup in Tokyo in the men’s 10-metre platform. The medal helped Canada secure a berth in the event in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The 19-year-old national team athlete talked with Global Saskatoon about the achievement and his training throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch the full Global Saskatoon interview.

Dornstauder invited to camp

Canada Basketball, May 14, 2021
Photo Credit: Canada Basketball / Victor

Regina’s Quinn Dornstauder is one of 20 athletes invited by Canada Basketball to attend a Senior Women’s National Team training camp ahead of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup in June.

“Next month’s FIBA Women’s AmeriCup will be an important step in our preparation and a critical evaluation opportunity for us ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team in the Canada Basketball release.  “Having stayed connected virtually over the course of the past 14 months, the team is really looking forward to sharing the court together once again and building on the positive momentum we had coming out of the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament last February.”

The training camp will take place May 20 to June 4 in Tampa, Florida. The FIBA Women’s AmericCup 2021 will be played June 11-19 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

See the full invitee list and learn more about the training camp at basketball.ca

Wheelchair basketball schedules

Wheelchair Basketball Canada, May 13, 2021
Photo Credit: Canadian Paralympic Committee – Scott Grant

The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) announced competition schedules for the Tokyo Paralympics through its official draw.  

Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team will play in Group A with Korea, Spain, Turkey, Colombia and host Japan. The United States, Great Britain, Australia, Algeria, Germany and Iran are in Group B. 

The women’s Senior National Team was also slotted into Group A with Australia, Great Britain, Germany and Japan. The United States, Algeria, the Netherlands, China and Spain are in Group B. 

Saskatchewan Paralympic hopefuls Erica Gavel and Nik Goncin will await official word on Canada’s roster compliment for the Games August 24 to September 5.  Both Gavel and Goncin helped Canada secure spots at the Paralympics with gold and silver medal finishes at the Parapan American Games in 2019. 

The competition schedule will be announced at a later date. 

Visit wheelchairbasketball.ca for more information. 

Gilbert named to Olympics

Softball Canada, May 12, 2021
Photo Credit: Softball Canada

Jenny Gilbert is among 15 athletes announced Wednesday by Softball Canada to don the red and white at the Tokyo Olympic Games.  

Gilbert helped Canada qualify for the Olympics at the 2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier in Surrey, B.C., by finishing in the top two of the 12-team tournament. An outfielder originally from Saskatoon, Gilbert was also on Team Canada that captured a silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.  

Canada is ranked third in the WBSC Women’s Softball World Rankings and has won three bronze medals over the last five WBSC World Championships.  

Softball returns to the Olympic Games after being left off in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016. Canada finished fourth in Beijing in 2008. 

Learn more at softball.ca 

Newkirk, Ens nominated

Swimming Canada, May 11, 2021 

Nikita Ens is among seven athletes announced Tuesday by Swimming Canada as provisional nominees to the Paralympic team. 

Swimming Canada’s Para swimming Selection Committee made the decision after the cancellation of the Paralympic Swimming Trials slated for June. The seven swimmers named, including Meadow Lake’s Nikita Ens, contested a final at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London.  

Ens joins Saskatoon’s Shelby Newkirk, who was an earlier selection based on original criteria. Ens and Newkirk will be joined by their coach Eric Kramer at the Games. Kramer was named a coach for the Paralympic team in early 2020. 

Learn more at swimming.ca 

Dornstauder eyes Olympics

CTV Regina, May 10, 2021
Photo Credit: Canada Basketball / Victory

Regina’s Quinn Dornstauder is ready for the call to represent Canada in Tokyo. 

Playing with Basketball Canada for the last eight seasons, Dornstauder is on the shortlist for Team Canada’s roster at the Tokyo Olympic Games in July. 

A graduate of Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School and former NCAA Division 1 basketball player at Arizona State University, Dornstauder has played in the top division of Spain’s basketball league for the past four seasons. She has also been on the Team Canada rosters that have helped Canada qualify for a spot at the Olympics. 

Dornstauder talked to CTV Regina’s Claire Hannah about her journey.  
 
Watch the full CTV Regina story. 

Bronze for Wiens

Olympic.ca, May 4, 2021
Photo Credit: Diving Canada/Francois Mittens

In a terrific performance at the FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo, Rylan Wiens had what he’s calling “probably the best event of my life,” as he set a personal best, claimed bronze and secured a spot for Canada at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

The Saskatoon diver, who was accompanied by his coach Mary Carroll, accumulated 488.55 points over six dives in the men’s 10-metre platform final on Tuesday, May 4. This after finishing the preliminary round in ninth and the semifinal round in 10th

The result gives Canada its second and final spot at in the men’s 10m event for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Who will represent Canada in those two spots is still to be determined. 

Read more about Rylan’s performance at Olympic.ca

Borgerson Tokyo bound

Canadian Olympic Committee, May 4, 2021

Rockglen’s Lisa Borgerson has been selected to accompany women’s 10-metre air pistol athlete Lynda Kiejko —the lone member of Canada’s shooting team— at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  

Borgerson previously coached the Canadian team at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. 

Read more on Olympic.ca 

Molleken heads to qualifier

Baseball Canada, April 29, 2021
Photo Credit: Canadian Olympic Committee/Christopher Morris

Canada will open the WBSC Baseball America’s Olympic Qualifier on May 31 against Colombia with Saskatoon pitcher Dustin Molleken on the roster.  

The eight-team tournament will take place in Palm Beach and St. Lucie, Florida. Canada is in Group B and will also face Cuba and Venezuela. Group A includes USA, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. The top two teams in each group will advance to the Super Round.  

The team with the best Super Round record will secure one of two remaining spots for the Tokyo Games. The runner-up and third-place team will have one more chance to qualify during the WBSC Final Baseball Qualifier in Taiwan from June 16-20. The winner of the tournament earns the final Olympic berth. 

Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Israel have already qualified for the Games. Baseball is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2008. Canada competed in 2004 and 2008. 

WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier Scores and Schedule 

Updated information

Pools announced for Tokyo wheelchair rugby competition 

While a roster is still be announced for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, the Canadian wheelchair rugby team and Regina hopeful Britt Mayer knows who they’ll face in the preliminary round after the pool information was announced on April 28.  

Canada, who is ranked fifth in the world going into the Games, is in Pool B along with the second-ranked and 2016 Paralympic silver medalists Team USA, No. 4 Great Britain and No. 8 New Zealand. 

Pool A consists of the top-ranked and defending Paralympic gold medalists Australia, No. 3 Japan —who defeated Canada in the bronze medal game at the 2016 Games — No. 6 France and No. 7 Denmark. 

Wheelchair rugby is scheduled to take play August 25-29. A full competition schedule will be released at a later date. 

Read the announcement at wheelchairrugby.ca 


Wheelchair basketball schedule to be announced May 12 

It will be an early morning for Canadian wheelchair basketball fans on May 12 as the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) is set to announce the official draws for the men’s and women’s basketball teams for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at 6:30 a.m. EST (4:30 p.m. SK time). 

Both the men’s and women’s team qualified for Tokyo after medal-winning performances at the 2019 Parapan Am Games. The women earned gold, while the men claimed silver. 

Regina’s Nik Goncin was a member the of Parapan Am men’s team and Prince Albert’s Erica Gavel played with the women’s team. Both are hopefuls for their respective team’s Tokyo roster. 

Read more on wheelchairbasketball.ca


Athletics Canada bumps announcement on modified Games’ Trials 

Athletics Canada has pushed the release of details for the announcement of modified Olympic and Paralympic Trials from May 14 to May 17.  

At this time, the Trials are still scheduled for June 24-27 in Montreal and Athletics Canada is working with local authorities to coordinate a safe delivery of the event. 

Read more on athletics.ca


Swimming Canada reschedules Trials 

The continuing restrictions as a result of COVID-19 have forced Swimming Canada to cancel the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Trials scheduled for May 24-28 and instead move them to the June 19-23, replacing the previously scheduled Invitational Qualifier. 

The event is scheduled to take place at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, but Swimming Canada says they are looking at options for alternative venues across North America should restrictions in Ontario prohibit the Trials in June. 

Read more on swimming.ca