Drew Love, Director of Athletics and Recreation at McGill, has been appointed chef-de-mission for the Canadian delegation to the 25th Summer Universiade, also known as the World University Games, in Belgrade, Serbia, July 1-12.
Love, a Montreal resident originally from Ottawa, replaces Dick White, who recently stepped down from the post for professional reasons.
Love brings an extensive background in sports administration and Universiade experience to the posting. He served as chef-de-mission for the 2003 Winter Universiade in Italy, is a past-president of both Ontario University Athletics (2001-02) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (2003-05) and spent 11 years as Director of Athletics and Recreation at Carleton University before replacing Prof. Derek Drummond at McGill in 2007.
The appointment marks the third time that a McGill employee has served as chef-de-mission of the Games. Robert Dubeau, who served as Athletics Director from 1977 to 2005, was Canada’s chef-de-mission in Edmonton (1983) and Spain (1999).
Swimmer Steven Bielby will also represent McGill at the Games. Some other Canadian teams have not yet finalized their roster’s for the event.
With files from Earl Zukerman, McGill Athletics and Recreation