Field Hockey Canada announced its squad for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics on Wednesday with the help of an elaborate video and three former Vikes were among those named.
Recent Vikes graduate Brenden Bissett will join fellow alumni and national team fixtures Matthew Sarmento and Keegan Pereira at the games. Bissett closed out his five year career with the Vikes in 2015-16 while Sarmento and Pereira each spent time with the Vikes and the UBC Thunderbirds.
Bissett has already made solid contributions on the international stage for Canada. He was part of the Canadian squad that secured a trip to the Rio Olympics in the FIH World League Semifinals and a silver at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Bissett was called up to the Canada men’s national team roster for a New Zealand Tour last December.
Sarmento has more than 50 senior national caps. He has been part of a number of big Canadian moments since making his international debut in 2011, including helping Canada top New Zealand for a spot in the Olympics in 2015. He was also part of the Canadian team that captured silver on home soil at the 2015 Pan Am Games, scoring three goals on seven shots.
Born in Mumbai, India, Pereira grew up in Ontario and made his international debut in Victoria against India in 2009. Since then, he’s combined for more than 90 senior caps and helped Canada win silver at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara. Sidelined by an ACL injury for most of 2015, Pereira is back and ready to make a mark as he gets set to participate in his first Olympics.
With one month to go before the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, the sixteen men selected will now shift their attention to a four games series against the United States.
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