November 21, 2023
Donsberger among eight on National Athlete Pool in skeleton
Kyle Donsberger, who hails from Regina, was named to the National Athlete Pool by Bobsleigh Canada in the sport of skeleton.
This opportunity will allow Donsberger and the other seven athletes to fill the remaining quota left of their ongoing evaluation and development plan. The National Athlete Pool is designed to provide athletes with the time to build on their performance and possibly race internationally dependent on openings in future events.
Kozun, Canada qualifies for Paris 2024 Paralympics with World Cup silver
Regina’s Julie Kozun helped Canada punch their ticket to Paris 2024 by claiming silver at the Sitting Volleyball World Cup and earning the title of highest ranked team that had not already secured their place in the Paralympics.
After Kozun and Team Canada won their first match at the World Cup, the team continued to succeed with a five-game winning streak. Canada defeated Slovenia 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 25-14), Ukraine 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-16) and the Netherlands 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-8), which secured their place in the quarterfinals. Canada defeated Egypt 3-0 (25-11, 25-5, 25-18) in the quarterfinals and Germany 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-23) in the semifinals.
In the final against China, Canada lost 1-3 (23-25, 16-25, 25-17, 20-25) and placed second. China had already qualified for the 2024 Paralympics , so the spot was passed to Canada as the next highest ranked team.
Norsten named to 2024 HSBC SVNS Series women’s rugby sevens roster
Recently returned from the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, Waldheim’s Carissa Norsten was named to the women’s rugby sevens roster that will attend the 2024 HSBC SVNS Series starting December 1, in Dubai.
The first portion of the series will be held in Dubai before Canada’s women’s sevens team travels to South Africa December 9-10 for the second tournament in Cape Town. The new year will open with the first tournament of 2024 taking place January 26-28 in Perth, Australia.
Ray and Canada bring home bronze from softball World Cup
Saskatoon local, Rayn Ray and Team Canada won bronze at the WBSC U18 Men’s World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Canada dominated Colombia, winning 10-0 and followed with another win against Australia 4-3. Facing Japan, Canada lost 1-4 before they made a comeback and won 10-5 against the United States.
Team Canada fought for their place in the bronze medal game after winning 6-5 against Venezuela in an extra inning and defeated the U.S. one last time 2-1 to claim third place.