Sports in Brief Heralded prospect Miranda Seifert has committed to the Gaels’ women’s rugby program. A Regina native, Seifert excelled in several sports at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. Named to Canada’s national teams in both rugby and tae kwon do, she helped her school qualify for provincial championships in rugby, hockey, and basketball. Seifert’s efforts earned her the 2011 Saskatchewan Youth Female Athlete of the Year award, and a halftime introduction at a recent Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL game. She’s competed for Saskatchewan at the 2011 U19 National Rugby Championship, in addition to suiting up for Canada’s U18 and U20 teams. Seifert led her high school team to victory in a Rugby 7’s tournament in Las Vegas. In tae kwon do, Seifert’s a five time national champion, winning a silver medal at the 2011 world championships in New Zealand. Seifert will join a Gaels rugby team under Coach Beth Barz looking to improve upon last year’s OUA bronze medal. —Clark Armstrong
The Gaels’ football team is set to welcome Doug Corby, Emilio Frometa and Erick Lessard, three members of the Canadian team that defeated the United States 23-17 in the gold medal game of the 2012 World Junior Football Championship in Austin, Texas. Corby, a wide receiver, was selected to the All-Tournament Team after catching 12 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns. Corby was named MVP of Canada’s 63-0 opening-round victory over Sweden, hauling in a tournament-record 78-yard touchdown reception. Frometa and Lessard played a significant role on Canada’s vaunted offensive line, which conceded just three sacks in the tournament and anchored an offense that averaged 171.7 yards rushing per game. Several NCAA Division I recruits suited up for the second-place Americans. The championship game marked the first time Canada has ever topped the United States in international football competition. The Gaels’ football team will host York to open their 2012-13 regular season on September 3. —Adam Grotsky
A number of Gaels athletes have competed in national and international tournaments this summer. Gillian Pegg, entering her second year with the women´s rugby team, played as hooker and flanker for Canada in the FISU Rugby Sevens Championship in Brive, France. Canada finished 6th out of the eight women´s teams. Men´s volleyball recruit Will Hoey competed at the Beach Volleyball Youth World Championships in Larnaka, Cyprus, tying for 25th in the 32-team tournament. Fellow Gaels volleyball players Mike Tomlinson and Tyler Scheerhoorn won gold with Team Ontario Black at the National Team Challenge Cup in Gatineau. Queen´s coaches have also played a role in Canadian athletics this summer. Men´s basketball head coach Stephan Barrie was an assistant coach for the Canadian national Cadet team, which placed 5th at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania. Bert Kea, the head coach of the Gaels golf team, served as assistant coach for Team Canada at the FISU World Golf Championship in Liberec, Czech Republic. The men´s team finished 9th out of 19 teams, while the women were 10th out of 16. —Lauri Kytömaa
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