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Weightlifter, volleyball stars heading to world stages

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St. Boniface strongman Eric Mazur will represent Canada next month at the World Junior Weightlifting Championships in Lima, Peru.

Mazur earned his ticket to Peru with his performance at the Western Canadian Weightlifting Championships in Saskatoon, where he was successful on all six of his attempts, including a 118-kg snatch and a 151-kg clean-and-jerk.

The Winnipegger will compete against the best young lifters in the world on May 7.

Manitoba weightlifters Rosemary Densmore and Daryl Conrad earned spots in the Canadian Senior Nationals along with Mazur, based on their showings in Saskatoon. That event will take place in Edmonton on May 18 and 19.

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The 2013 Tim Hortons Youth Jamboree was held last weekend at three local clubs, with four divisions in which young curlers could test their skills.

In the 16-and-under boys’ division, Nathaniel Swanson, Daniel Want, Kyle Thiessen and Justin Chamberland of the Heather Curling Club were the winners. The 16-and-under girls’ title went to the Pembina Curling Club team of Ashley Groff, Jenessa Rutter, Hailey Ryan and Caitlyn Labossiere.

In the 16-and-under open division, there were four events, with the A event going to Scott Macdonell, Dayton Walker, Nicole MacDibell and Presley Walker of the Fort Rouge. The A event winners of the 13-and-under open division were Gishlain Courcelles, Adam Flatt, Sean Flatt and Ryan Wiebe of Steinbach.

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University of Manitoba women’s volleyball player Taylor Pischke is headed to the Summer Universiade Games after winning the Canadian beach volleyball trials in Toronto in late March.

Pischke teamed with Melissa Humana-Paredes of York University to earn a trip to the Games, which will be held in Kazan, Russia, in July.

The win also gave the duo a spot in the 2013 FIVB U23 World Beach Volleyball Championships, being held in Myslowice, Poland, in June.

Pischke’s U of M teammate, Rachel Cockrell, finished third at the trials with partner Charlotte Sider of Toronto. Cockrell was recently named the U of M’s female athlete of the year.

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Two of Manitoba’s top high school volleyball players will be staying in their home province when they make the jump to the university level in the fall.

The U of M Bisons announced last week the recruitment of outside hitters Josh Goossen and Adam DeJonckheere.

Goossen, a 6-foot-4 attacker, was a member of the provincial championship-winning Mennonite Brethren Hawks this season and was named the most valuable player of the provincial tournament.

DeJonckheere is 6-foot-3, and was named a tournament all-star after leading the St. Paul’s Crusaders to the provincial semifinals.

"Josh possesses great jumping ability and is a very aggressive and passionate player," said Bisons coach Garth Pischke in a press release. "I look forward to his intensity in practices. Adam is a great all-round athlete. He has adapted to every situation that he has been involved in and (I’m) ready to watch him take volleyball to the next level."

Avi Saper is Canstar Community News’ sports reporter. Tell him your sports story by calling 204-697-7142 or via email at avi.saper@canstarnews.com

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