As the 2007 Summer Universiade (World University Games) in Bangkok, Thailand (August 8-18) ends, three Manitoba Bisons athletes will have be arriving back to Canada as medal winners. Bisons Josh Klassen, Toon van Lankvelt and Nathan Toews competed for Team Canada menís volleyball, which earned a silver medal on the last day of competition.
On August 18, Turkey captured the gold after posting a 3-1 (25-21, 25-11, 23-25, 25-16) win against Canada with Toews tying for team lead in blocks with four in the final. All three Bisons had major contribution throughout the eight games played at the Games.
Prior to the 2007 Games in Bangkok, the Team Canada Menís best ever finish at the World University Games was a silver medal at the 1983 Universiade in Edmonton, AB when Cuba defeated Canada in the gold medal final. The Canadian men finished tenth at the 2005 Games in Izmir, Turkey.
Other Bisons athletes representing Canada at the 2007 Summer Universiade were womenís volleyball Ashley Voth. Canada finished 11th in womenís volleyball and Voth contributed by being the top scorer with 11 points against South African in a 3-0 victory. Desiree Scott played for Canada in womenís soccer and helped the team to a tenth place showing.
Bisons track and field head coach Claude Berube was Team Canada T&F head coach during the Universiade. The T&F team had top finishes including Neville Wright winning bronze in the menís100m, Kelsie Hendry jumped to fourth in the women's pole vault, Gavin Smellie in fifth in the menís 200m, Megan Brown was sixth in the womenís 1500m, Matthew Lincoln grabbed eighth in the menís 1500m, Elizabeth Wightman eighth in the women's 5000m event and Rebecca Johnstone ended up eighth in the 800m.
Also in Bangkok was Bison Sports Athletic Director Coleen Dufresne as a member of the CIC (International Control Commission) within FISU (International University Sports Federation). The commission was charged with verifying the eligibility of all participants at the Universiade.