Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles will don the red and white jersey this summer, travelling to Taipei with Canada’s delegation to the 29th Summer Universiade which will run from August 20-29.
The Universiade is organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) as an international multi-sports event for university athletes. At the last edition, over 11,000 athletes from 140 countries took part; the Universiade is second only to the Olympic Games in the number of participating athletes and countries.
Pierre-Charles earned OUA All-Star honours for his 2016-17 season with the Gee-Gees, averaging 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The six-foot-eight Ottawa native and Economics student will join a men’s basketball team of all U SPORTS athletes in Taipei, where Canada will face off with Norway, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, and Germany in pool play.
Jean follows in the footsteps of Johnny Berhanemeskel and Caleb Agada who helped Canada to a seventh place finish at the 2015 Universiade, Warren Ward’s silver medal performance in 2013, and Josh Gibson-Bascombe’s international appearances between 2007-09.