Fall River’s Bridget Deveau (middle) has been named to the Canadian team for the Universiade. (Submitted photo)

AMHERST, MASS.: Bridget Deveau will don the Maple Leaf and represent Canada this summer.

The Fall River track star will be part of the U Sports delegation at the 2019 FISU Summer Universiade in Naples, Italy, set for July 3-14.

Canada will compete in 12 sports, including athletics, basketball (men and women), diving, fencing, gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), soccer (women only), swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, rugby 7s (men and women), volleyball (men and women) and water polo (women only). All teams were selected in partnership with each respective National Sports Organization (NSO) or are being managed by the U SPORTS national office.

The full delegation totals over 300 including student-athletes, coaches, staff, and medical personnel.

“The Mission Staff is looking forward to delivering a great experience for our Canadian delegation,” said Team Canada Chef de Mission Ari Grossman. “Representing Canada at any sporting event is a huge honour and responsibility and we are pleased to welcome all team members and congratulate them on this exciting accomplishment.”

To celebrate the milestone 30thedition and 60thanniversary of the World University Summer Games, the event returns to its first home, where it was originally held in Turin, Italy in 1969.

Canada finished in 16that the 2017 FISU Summer Universiade in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei with 13 medals (four gold, five silver, four bronze). More than 9,300 athletes from 128 countries will compete.

“As the Olympics of University Sport, the FISU Games are an excellent opportunity for all of our student-athletes to compete against fellow world-class talent, as they set their sights on gold,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer at U SPORTS.

Deveau will compete in heptathlon.

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