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Rowers Kate Sauks and Liz Fenje on a rowboat.
Liz Fenje and Kate Sauks. Photo by Katie Steenman/Rowing Canada

Blue is Golden — and Silver, and Bronze

U of T students and alumni win 15 medals at the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

U of T students and alumni enjoyed an unforgettable summer of sports, with 15 medals to their credit in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

With 22 U of T athletes competing, there were plenty of opportunities to cheer for Varsity as well as Canada! Kate Sauks, pictured above (at right) with teammate Liz Fenje, was first to the podium, with a gold medal in rowing. Sauks’s (BPHE 2007, PhD 2014) win was followed by former student Michelle Li’s gold in singles badminton and Rosie MacLennan’s (BPHE 2011) golden trampoline routine.

Belinda Trussell (BCom 1994 UTM) won silver in the equestrian dressage team competition. Sarah Wells (BPHE 2012) took silver in the 400-metre hurdles event and paracyclist Shelley Gautier (BScPT 1995) sped to silver in the mixed time trial.

Our athletes snagged an astonishing nine bronze medals. Zack Chetrat (BA 2014 New) set a Canadian record in 200-metre butterfly to win his bronze. First-year student Anqi Luo won bronze in team table tennis, while students Alex Thicke and Amanda Woodcroft took bronze with the field hockey team. PhD candidate Sasha Gollish (BA 2003 UC, MEng 2010) won bronze in the 1,500 metres (with one shoe falling off!) and Lucinda Nowell won two bronze medals in group rhythmic gymnastics. Wells nabbed her second medal, a bronze, with the 4×400-metre relay team and Li also won bronze in women’s badminton doubles.

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