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By Brian Lockhart
Local athlete and cross-country skier, Alex Maycock, was named flag bearer and carried the maple leaf during the opening ceremonies of the 2023 FISU Winter World University games in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Thursday, January 12.
Alex, a Nipissing University student, carried the flag along with Caroline Beauchamp, an Alpine skier from the University of Montreal.
Alex was a member of the Canadian team at the 2019 FISU World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. A top student-athlete, Alex is deeply involved in pursuing and supporting his peers at the national level with Nordiq Canada and has taken a leadership role within his university team at Nipissing by guiding and mentoring new members and supporting their development.
As a kinesiology student, Alex will be leading two other athletes from the same school at these games. He continues to advance student sport at this university and ensures the sustainability of cross-country skiing in Nipissing.
Alex also prepares specialized training programs for other cross-country skiers in the community and shares his passion through technical and tactical advice on his YouTube channel.
“It's a huge honour and a privilege to carry the flag for Canada, not only for me but also for Nipissing University and for North Bay,” Alex said. “Having the experience of these Games in 2019, it was really eye-opening to realize the scale and the magnitude of this event.”
Nipissing Lakers Nordic skiing head coach, Toivo Koivukoski, said, “Alex is a super diligent student, very earnest, who manages and balances his studies and his athletics. He is also a great teammate who always supports and encourages his peers. He takes his skiing really seriously, but he's also having fun at it. He's a proud Canadian and he is the kind of gentleman that we would want to put forward as the best of who we are as Canadians.”
The opening ceremonies of the FISU Games took place a the Herb Brooks Arena at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.
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