Bisons in Rio
Former Bison student-athletes Desiree Scott, TJ Sanders and Tyler Mislawchuk will represent Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics
The 2016 Rio Olympics run from August 5-21 and representing Canada are three former University of Manitoba Bisons student-athletes and one former Bisons’ coach.
In women’s soccer, former Manitoba Bisons player and coach Desiree Scott is part of Canada’s women’s soccer team. This is Scott’s second consecutive selection to the national Olympic squad as part of bronze medal team at the 2012 London Olympics.
In addition, former Bisons TJ Sanders in men’s volleyball and Tyler Mislawchuk in triathlon both were at Manitoba and will be competing in their first Olympics.
On the coaching side, former Bisons coach and co-founder of the Bison golf team, Derek Ingram, will represent Canada as head coach of Canada’s men’s golf Olympic team.
Desiree Scott, 28, has appeared in over 100 matches (112 as of July 23, 2016) and made 78 starts for Canada’s national women’s soccer senior team since 2010 after establishing a huge imprint on the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer program as a player during her illustrious five-year university career (2005-09). The Winnipeg native was also selected as 2012 Manitoba’s Female Athlete of the Year by the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
Named the 2009-10 Bison Sports Female Athlete of the Year, Scott earned four total conference All-Star recognitions along with being named 2005 Canada West Rookie of the Year plus 2009, 2008 CIS First Team All-Canadian. The midfielder has registered the most points and assists in a Bison career with 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists) in 64 conference regular season games while team MVP three times (2005, ’06, ’10). Scott also was part of the Bison women’s soccer coaching staff during the 2011 and 2012 season.
TJ Sanders, 24, played one season with the Bisons in the 2009-10 season and was a setter. He registered 327 assists along with 71 digs, 21 overall blocks, 10 service aces, eight kills while playing in 17 of 20 conference regular season matches.
Tyler Mislawchuk, 21, competed with the Bison men’s swim team during the 2012-13 season. Ingram was part of the Bison golf program from its inception in 1999 to 2009.