Blues help Canada to 10th place finish at FISU Games

Photo by Mathieu Belanger
Photo by Mathieu Belanger

University of Toronto Varsity Blues men's water polo players Michael Chapman and Paul Spooner helped Canada to a 10th place finish at the 2017 FISU Summer Universiade in Taipei. 

Canada finished 2-5 at the Summer Universiade. The Red & White went 1-2 in pool play, defeating South Africa 8-4, before falling to the United Kingdom 7-6 in the Round of 16. Canada went onto defeat the Republic of Korea, 9-4, to face the United States in the 9th/10th match. There, Canada fell 18-8 to the USA. 

Chapman ended the tournament with two goals. 

The duo represent a Varsity Blues program that has been dominant in the OUA, winning 10 of the last 15 provincial championships and 31 overall in program history. Spooner earned OUA all-star recognition this past season, while Chapman previously earned those honours in 2014. Joining the student-athletes was Varsity Blues women's water polo coach George Gross Jr., who served as a team leader for Canada's men's water polo team in Taipei.