OSHAWA, Ont. - This week Christopher Cameron (Lower Sackville, N.S.), sports information and special events coordinator for Durham College and UOIT, will join Team Canada in Taipei, Taiwan as part of the 2017 Summer Universiade delegation as a communications officer.
Cameron, who has been working on campus since fall 2014, will partake in a number of tasks for Team Canada. His primary duties include looking after social media, press releases and photography as necessary - similar to his work with Durham College and UOIT.
"In my job, I get to cover the best university athletes in the province, so to have the opportunity to do that on an international stage is something I'm really looking forward to," said Cameron.
The 2017 International University Sports Federation Summer Universiade will be the 29th edition of the games, which has been played mostly every two years since its inaugural event in 1959. This will be the first time that Taipei is hosting the international event.
Similar to the Olympics, the Summer Universiade is a multi-sport games that is played on the international stage. Between the opening and closing ceremonies, there are 22 sports that will see a number of countries compete for gold. In 2015, there were nearly 13,000 university-level athletes in total.
"It was an unexpected opportunity that came along, but one that I am looking forward to," said Cameron. "It's an honour to represent Canada, and it's something I've never had the opportunity to do before. It wasn't until we met in June as a mission staff and communications team that it really started to sink in that I would be representing Team Canada and just the sheer size and scope of these games."
A graduate of St. Thomas University (Fredericton, N.B.) with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Journalism, Cameron has since pieced together a solid media resume.
Leading to his current position, he freelanced for The Canadian Press and Brunswick News Inc., and been the sports editor in the past for TC Media's newspaper, The News, in New Glasgow, N.S.
Cameron will be joined by Kylie Bordeleau, Katherine Koehler-Grassau, Peyvand Mossavat and Farzad Yousefian from the UOIT women's soccer program and Adam Tomlinson who will represent the University and Team Canada in taekwondo.
The games are set to run from Aug. 19-30 with the opening and closing ceremonies taking place at Taipei Municipal Stadium.
Source: Durham College