MacLennan packs her pistols for Korea

2015_universiade_logoOakville’s Christie MacLennan has been targeted by Canadian Interuniversity Sport as a student-athlete who will represent Canada in shooting at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea (July 3-14).

She is part of an all-women, five member squad heading to the 27th summer world university games. She will compete in the 25-metre sport pistol division. Others on the team are Universiade veteran Kelsey Bjorkman of Creston, B.C., Erin Beckett of Langley, B.C., Samantha Marsh of Mount Pearl, Nfld., and Caroline Sims of Minnedosa, Man.

The group will be accompanied in South Korea by head coach Lisa Borgerson of Rockglen, Sask., and team leader Michelle Stewart of New Westminster, B.C. It will mark the third tour of duty at the FISU Games for Borgerson, who acted as team leader two years ago in Kazan, Russia, and was an assistant coach in 2011 in Shenzhen, China.

In Gwangju, Bjorkman will compete in the 10-metre air pistol along with Beckett and Sims, and will also line up with MacLennan in the 25m sport pistol tournament. For her part, Marsh is entered in the 10m air rifle and the 50m rifle three positions.

This will mark Canada’s third straight participation in shooting at the Universiade and fourth overall. The best Canuck result to date at the biennial competition is a 17th-place finish in the women’s 10m air pistol by Lea Wacowhich of Redwater, Alta., in 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Gwangju shooting competition is set to run from July 5 to 10.

The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport event that takes place every two years and is second only to the Olympic Games in the number of participating athletes and countries. The Universiade is open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.

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