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Two Fanshawe student athletes resented Team Canada's volleyball and soccer teams during the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Universiade Games in Taipei City from Aug.19 to Aug.30.

Melissa Novacaska | Interrobang | Sports | September 11th, 2017

Two Fanshawe Falcons represented Team Canada in the 2017 International University Sports Federation (FISU) Summer Universiade Taipei Games in August, according to a Fanshawe athletics press release.

The 29th Summer Universiade games were played in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei and ran from Aug.19 to Aug. 30.

Both Sebastian Lethbridge, from the men’s volleyball team and Matt Catalano from the men’s soccer team are London natives and made the U Sports roster.

According to the release, the men’s volleyball team lost 3-1 in their final game against the Chinese Taipei, to finish the tournament in 11th place, while the men’s soccer team lost 4-3 against Brazil, placing in 10th place overall.

Though both teams may not have finished at the top, Lethbridge had positives to share.

“I am super honoured to have played here on an international stage wearing the maple leaf. Being able to compete against athletes of such a high caliber has been a great learning experience and a dream come true,” Lethbridge said in the press release.

Catalano shared similar thoughts about his time during the tournament.

Getting the opportunity to put on a Canadian jersey and represent your country against some of the top athletes from around the world is an indescribable feeling. Fanshawe has been a huge part in making this all possible. My coach Rob Pereira has been nothing but supportive during this whole process and was the one who referred me to the Team Canada coach. This is something you always dream about and now that I actually have the opportunity to represent Canada, it’s one of the best feelings in the world,” Catalano said in the release.