With the national championship victory still fresh in their mind, three members of the McMaster women’s basketball team will represent Canada at the 2019 FISU Universiade in July.

With the national championship victory still fresh in their mind, head coach Theresa Burns, U Sports tournament MVP Linnaea Harper and Second Team All-Canadian Hilary Hanaka will participate in the event in Naples, Italy.

Burns, who will serve as an assistant coach for Canada, will be reunited with her former mentor Michele Belanger. Belanger has served as the head coach for the University of Toronto for 40-years, captured the 1986 CIAU Championship with Burns playing for her.

With Belanger and Burns teaming up to coach the team, the bring together a total of 70 years of coaching experience between two of the longest tenured coaches in U Sports women’s basketball.

Of Canada’s 11-player women’s basketball team, McMaster’s pair of players are tied for the most along with the Saskatchewan Huskies, who were the Marauders’ U Sports semi-final opponents at the national championship tournament this past March in Toronto.

Canada will compete in 12 sports, including athletics, basketball (men and women), diving, fencing, gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), soccer (women only), swimming, table tennis, taekwando, rugby sevens (men and women), volleyball (men and women) and water polo (women only).

Teams were selected in partnership with each sport’s National Sports Organization or are being managed by the U Sports national office.

Team Canada will have over 300 student-athletes, coaches, staff and medical personnel as part of the delegation.

Opening ceremonies for the 2018 FISU Universiade take place on July 3 at 3:00 PM eastern with the entire event running between July 3 and 14.

A full schedule for the 30th Summer Universiade is available by clicking here.