Alums share Olympic dream

Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Five women compete in front of a large audience.

Lisa Weagle (second left) and Rachel Homan (centre), shown at the Roar of the Rings competition, are no strangers to international competition. Their team won the World Women’s Curling Championship in 2017 and will represent Canada at the PyeongChang Winter Games. Photo: Curling Canada / Michael Burns

Canadian Olympic ice hockey player Lauriane Rougeau is dressed to play, including wearing a helmet with cage.

Alumna Lauriane Rougeau went to the 2014 Sochi Olympics with the Canadian women’s hockey team, which won gold. Photo: Hockey Canada / Dennis Pajot

Three uOttawa graduates poised to compete for Canada at the PyeongChang Winter Games share one Olympic dream. Curlers Lisa Weagle (BA ’08) and Rachel Homan (BSc ’11) and hockey player Lauriane Rougeau (MHK ’16) will be up against the world’s best in South Korea, from February 9 to 25, 2018.

In addition, five other alumni and a PhD candidate are in South Korea to support the athletes:

Emma Bédard (BA ’11) of CBC Toronto will be working in communications while in PyeongChang.

Perry Dellelce (LLB ’90), a member of uOttawa’s Board of Governors, is chair of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. 

Sonia Gungah (BSocSc ’15) is an assistant with the Canadian Olympic Foundation. 

Adam Kingsbury, PhD candidate in sport psychology, is head coach of the women’s curling team. 

Kim Thompson (PhD ’10), a part-time human kinetics professor at uOttawa, is the mental health consultant for the women’s ice hockey team.

Dirk Van Wijk (BCom ’84), a former member of the Canadian cross-country ski team, is helping to prepare the Olympic cross-country ski venue. 

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