Alex Normore and Jenna Pitts
ANTIGONISH – A pair of veteran fourth year X-Women hockey players have been selected to represent Canada at the upcoming 26th Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy. Forward Alex Normore and defense Jenna Pitts, both natives of Nova Scotia, will be playing for Canada when they hit the ice at the international event Dec. 11-21.
Normore and Pitts will be part of a Canadian contingent of CIS all-stars selected from each of the four conferences across the country. They are the only athletes selected from the AUS conference.
The Winter Universiade is an 11-day multi-sport event hosted by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) that takes place every two years in various cities over the world. The 26th version of the games in December will mark the third time that women’s ice hockey has been on the schedule. The Canadians are the two-time defending gold medalists, having won in 2011 in Erzurum, Turkey and in 2009 in Harbin, China.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have been chosen for this opportunity,” said Normore. “I think both Jenna and myself have worked extremely hard the past few years in hopes of this opportunity arising. It is something very special to experience with my best friend since I was ten years old.
“To wear the maple leaf is something extremely special and something that I think most female hockey players have dreamed about their whole lives. To me, this opportunity means representing ourselves, our families, StFX University, the AUS, and of course our nation.”
Pitts echoed her teammate’s thoughts.
“I am extremely honored to be selected to represent Canada at the FISU games in Italy this coming December,” she said. “I am proud to represent our country, but also to represent StFX while wearing the maple leaf on the international stage.
“It will be a privilege to share this experience alongside my best friend, Alex, who I have played with for many years. We hope to make Antigonish and the StFX community proud.”