Nov 14, 2013
Nov. 14, 2013
WUG U.S. Snowboard team comprised entirely of Westminster students
SALT LAKE CITY -
members of Westminster College's snowboard team will compete in the World University Games
(WUG) in Trentino, Italy, Dec. 11-21, 2013. This year's WUG U.S. snowboard team is comprised entirely of Westminster student athletes, and will represent the United States during the international collegiate competition.
The World University Games, also known as Universiade, is an international, multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation that represents summer and winter sports. It is second only in importance to the Olympic Games.
World University Games is like a mini Olympics, with opening and closing ceremonies, thousands of spectators.and the fact that it's a live TV event will definitely make it one of the biggest events I have ever competed in," said Phil Hessler, a Westminster junior and WUG snowboard team member. "I couldn't be more excited to be traveling to Italy to snowboard and being able to compete alongside some of my best friends."
Ten men and six women from Westminster received the prestigious invitation to compete in the WUG games in Italy because of their athletic achievements. Over the past year, Westminster athletes have won a variety of snowboard awards, including individual and team titles at the National Collegiate Championships. The women's team has taken the national title for five years running. The men's team placed second in nationals for those five years as well.
"Our athletes are full-time students who are conquering the snowboard world while bettering themselves through education," said Sara Beaudry, Westminster Head Snowboard Coach. "It takes tremendous discipline to achieve success on the slopes and in the classroom. They are incredibly honored to represent the U.S. at the World University Games."
The World University Games are staged every two years in a different city around the world. The WUG U.S. snowboard team will compete against athletes from around the world in half-pipe, slopestyle, giant slalom and boarder-cross events.
To learn more about the WUG U.S. snowboard team visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WUGUSSnowboard