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Canadian waterski team selected for 4th FISU world university championship


TORONTO (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Monday the six student-athletes who will represent Canada at the 4th FISU world university waterski championship. The event will be held in Akita, Japan, Sept. 8-11.


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Team Canada will be led by siblings Taryn and Cole Grant (Winnipeg, Man.) along with Jonah Shaffer (Ottawa, Ont.). Taryn Grant and Shaffer are members of the national team and Cole Grant will compete while also serving as team leader. Brody Newton (Sackville, N.S.), Janice Stevens (Iroquois, Ont.) and Brett Walker (Saskatoon, Sask.) complete the roster.


Both Grants, along with Newton and Shaffer all attend University of Louisiana at Lafayette, while Stevens studies at University of Louisiana at Monroe. Walker attends Florida Southern University.


Taryn Grant, 20, is coming off a gold medal last summer at the 2015 World Under-21 Championship.


Canada won two medals at the 2012 world university championship, as Alex Paradis captured gold and Kevin Melnuk earned silver in the jump competition. Melnuk also reached the podium twice at the 2008 event.


“This is the first world university waterski championship for the entire team and everyone is proud and excited to be representing Canada. We expect to have a strong team overall showing and are hopeful for a few individual podiums along the way,” said Cole Grant.


“Having the opportunity to represent Canada alongside my sister Taryn is very special. This will only be the second time that we have been on a national team together. The entire six-person team knows each other very well, which will make for a fun week in Japan being ambassadors for Canada.”








Cole Grant

Louisiana at Lafayette

Winnipeg, Man.


Taryn Grant

Louisiana at Lafayette

Winnipeg, Man.

Speech Pathology & Audiology

Brody Newton

Louisiana at Lafayette

Sackville, N.S.


Jonah Shaffer

Louisiana at Lafayette

Ottawa, Ont.

Business Management

Janice Stevens

Louisana at Monroe

Iroquois, Ont.

Accounting & Business

Brett Walker

Florida Southern

Saskatoon, Sask.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four conferences vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit or follow us on:








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Alan Hudes

Coordinator, Communications

Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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Cell: 647-991-5343


Pat Park


Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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