Univer­si­ade 2015

In­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence a boost to CBU sports

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID JALA sports@cb­post.com

Capers con­tin­gent en­joy­ing Korean ex­pe­ri­ence.

The smiles say it all. And if a pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words, then three of Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity’s all-time great soc­cer play­ers are hav­ing a blast at the world univer­sity games (Univer­si­ade 2015) in Gwanju, South Korea.

Ian Greedy and Justin Ma­heu are part of Canada’s men’s soc­cer team at the games, while Karolyne Blain is rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try as a mem­ber of the women’s team.

Two other Capers are also at the games — CBU women’s bas­ket­ball head coach Fabian McKen­zie is lead­ing the women’s en­try in the hoops com­pe­ti­tion, while Chris­tian Af­folter is play­ing on Switzer­land’s men’s bas­ket­ball squad.

CBU women’s soc­cer head coach Ness Tim­mons is stay­ing in touch with Blain dur­ing her time in Asia.

“She is en­joy­ing the whole scene — she said the open­ing cer­e­monies were fab­u­lous,” said Tim­mons.

“When­ever you wear that Cana­dian flag, like in a sit­u­a­tion like this, it makes you so proud.”

How­ever, Tim­mons said it will re­main to be seen if Blain gets on the pitch as she tweaked a knee while train­ing with the team in Ja­pan a week ago.

“She’s hop­ing to get some ac­tion as it is not the worst in­jury, but we’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.

In April, Blain was rec­og­nized as CBU’s fe­male ath­lete of the year. The high scor­ing na­tive of Sud­bury, Ont., was also the 2011 AUS rookie of the year, the 2013 and 2014 AUS most valu­able player and a CIS first-team al­lCana­dian the past two sea­sons. Ad­di­tion­ally, Blain has been rec­og­nized for her aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

The Cana­dian women are back on the field to­day when they face South Africa in their sec­ond group match. The squad opened with a 2-0 vic­tory over France on Thurs­day.

In men’s ac­tion, Justin Ma­heu was in the start­ing lineup for Canada in its open­ing 5-2 loss to Italy, but was sub­sti­tuted in the 72nd minute.

The 2015 CIS men’s soc­cer ath­lete of the year was the lone for­ward in the start­ing Cana­dian lineup that fea­tured a five-man mid­field.

Greedy, the Capers all-time lead­ing scorer and 2013 AUS most valu­able player, was an un­used sub­sti­tute.

The Cana­dian men are back in ac­tion on Sun­day when they play Chi­nese Taipei (Tai­wan).

Mean­while, Canada’s women’s bas­ket­ball team opens pre­lim­i­nary round play on Sun­day when the squad, led by CBU coach Fabian Mcken­zie, hits the court against Hungary.

And, in men’s bas­ket­ball, the Capers’ Chris­tian Af­folter is on the ros­ter of the Swiss team that be­gins tour­na­ment play to­day against Ser­bia.

This year’s Games have at­tracted some 20,000 par­tic­i­pants from 170 coun­tries, in­clud­ing more than 14,000 ath­letes and 2,000 of­fi­cials, to Gwangju, a city of 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple in the south­west­ern part of the Korean penin­sula.

Along with com­pe­ti­tion in 21 sports, the Sum­mer Univer­si­ade 2015 also in­cludes count­less cul­tural events across a city that is con­sid­ered to be one of the least pol­luted in South Korea. Gwangju also claims to be a city with a history of right­eous­ness. NOTES: Blain is ex­pected to be back in the lineup for Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity’s women’s soc­cer team next sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Capers head coach Ness Tim­mons.

Blain, who just re­cently grad­u­ated from CBU, has yet to be ac­cepted into a med­i­cal school, said Tim­mons.

The highly dec­o­rated stu­den­tath­lete, who main­tained a high grade point av­er­age dur­ing her time at CBU, still has am­bi­tions of be­com­ing a doc­tor.

But, ac­cord­ing to Tim­mons, she will prob­a­bly re­turn to Cape Bre­ton for her fifth and fi­nal year of el­i­gi­bil­ity.

PHOTO BY MATHIEU BÉLANGER

Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity soc­cer stars Ian Greedy, Karolyne Blain and Justin Ma­heu show off their Cana­dian pride at the open­ing cer­e­monies of Univer­si­ade 2015 in Gwangju, South Korea. CBU women’s bas­ket­ball coach Fabian McKen­zie is also at the games as the head coach of the Cana­dian women’s hoops team, while the Capers’ Chris­tian Af­folter is tak­ing part as a mem­ber of Switzer­land’s men’s bas­ket­ball team.

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