#YUPride for Our Pan Am Lions

Posted by Megan on July 16, 2015

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Howdy friends,

The Games are finally here and it’s time to get PUMPED. And I mean REALLY pumped! What better way to kick-start some excitement than to share some fierce #YUPride over some very unique world-class athletes — our very own York University Lions.

Below you can find some mini-profiles highlighting achievements, interviews and how to best share your support for your favourite athletes. I’m rooting for all of our York Lions, but I’d love to hear who you are cheering for personally! Comment below or tweet me @yorkustudents 🙂

Current York Students


Khamica Bingham — “I want to be feared on the world stage.”


Athletics (100m, 4x100m relay) — third-year Communications Studies student

Photograph of Khamica Bingham.
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  • The fastest Canadian woman currently racing
  • Placed seventh in the 100m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games — in fact, she was the youngest Canadian woman to reach the 100m final since 1970
  • Competed in the 2013 IAAF world championships, placing sixth
  • Two-time Ontario Universities Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) gold medallist in 60m and 4x200m (2014–2015) as well capturing gold in 300m (2014)
  • Has won an abundance of awards including: five-time CIS all-Canadian, four-time OUA all-star, CIS championship most valuable performer (2014), two-time OUA track events most valuable performer (2014), York and OUA female athlete of the year (2014)

Read more about Khamica: Toronto Star | yFile | Trackie Interview

Want to support Khamica at the Games?

Tweet your support @micabingham, buy tickets for Athletics events, or sign the card (for her and the other York athletes) in the Red Zone in Vari Hall between 10am and 4pm.


  1. 100m round 1, starting at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 21
  2. 100m semi-finals and finals, starting at 6:15 pm, with finals at 8 pm on Wednesday, July 22
  3. 4x100m semi-finals, 8:07 pm on Friday, July 24
  4. 4x100m finals, 9:40 pm on Saturday, July 24

Katrina Cameron “When you’re in the stadiums, it’s always exciting.”


Rhythmic Gymnastics  third-year Humanities student

A photograph of Katarina Cameron.
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  • Was only 16 when chosen for Canada’s rhythmic gymnastics team for the 2011 Guadalajara Pan Am Games, where her team won silver
  • The first on the Canadian team to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics, where she placed 11th
  • Captain for this year’s team

Read more about Katrina: The Mississauga News | Gymnastics Canada

Want to support Katarina at the Games?

Tweet your support @KatrinaCameron, buy tickets for Rhythmic Gymnastic events, or sign the card in Vari Hall.


  1. Group qualifications (5 ribbons), starting at 1:05 pm on Friday, July 17
  2. Group qualifications (6 clubs, 2 hoops), starting at 1:05 pm on Saturday, July 18
  3. Group finals (5 ribbons), 11:50 am on Sunday, July 19
  4. Group finals (6 clubs, 2 hoops), 11:50 am on Monday, July 20

Melissa Humana-Paredes — “Within our team, we know what we’re capable of.”


Beach Volleyball — fifth-year Communications Studies student

Melissa Humana-Paredes


  • Ranked 10th in the world with her partner, Taylor Pischke
  • Two-time bronze medallist at GIVB world U23 championships (2013–2014)
  • Earned gold at NORCECA championship (2014)
  • Also has a number of achievements under her belt, including: FIVB rookie of the year (2014), York female athlete of the year (2012), three-time OUA all-star (2012-2014) and second-team CIS all-Canadian (2012)

Read more about Melissa: yFile| CBCYorkU

Want to support Melissa at the Games?

Tweet your support @melissa_hp10, buy tickets for Beach Volleyball events, or sign the card in the Red Zone.


  1. Women’s preliminary match, 8:05 pm on Monday, July 13 – 2-0 for Canada! Great work, Melissa.
  2. Women’s preliminary match, 3:35 pm on Tuesday, July 14 – 2-0 for Canada again! You and your partner are killing it 🙂
  3. Women’s preliminary match, 8 pm on Wednesday, July 15
  4. Additional matches (including quarter-finals, semi-finals, and medal matches)

Arthur Biyarslanov “I’m very happy to be here and represent Canada all over the world. I want to win a gold medal for Canada.”


Boxing — second-year Psychology student

Photo of Arthur Biyarslanov
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  • Best Canadian fighter in his weight class (64 kg)
  • Won 3 Nationals
  • Won bronze in the Belgrade 52nd International Tournament (2014)
  • Received silver at the Ontario Silver Gloves Tournament (2014)
  • Also  represented Canada at the 2012 Brandenburg International Tournament (bronze), 2012 Youth World Championships (Top 10) and 2013 Odessa, Ukraine, International Tournament (gold)

Read more about Arthur: Toronto Star | yFile | Vimeo

Want to support Arthur at the Games?

Tweet your support @ArthurNoxchi, buy tickets for Boxing events, or sign the card in Vari Hall.


  1. Preliminary bouts, starting at 8:05 pm on Saturday, July 18
  2. Quarter-final bouts, starting at 3:05 pm on Tuesday, July 21
  3. Semi-final bouts, starting at 8:05 pm on Wednesday, July 22
  4. Finals bout, 8:02 pm on Friday, July 24



Autumn Mills “The only difference between our game and the men’s is size and strength. We have the baseball knowledge.”


Women’s Baseball Kinesiology BA 2011

A photo of Autumn Mills
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  • As a York Lion, Autumn finished among the top three in team scoring for her final three seasons
  • Four-time CIS academic all-Canadian
  • Has competed in five IBAF World Cups and won three medals, including a silver in 2008

Read more about Autumn: yFile | Globe and Mail | Baseball Canada

Want to support Autumn at the Games?

Share your support on social media or buy tickets for Women’s Baseball events.


  1. Preliminary game, 7:05 pm on Monday, July 20
  2. Preliminary game, 7:05 pm on Tuesday, July 21
  3. Preliminary game, 3:05 pm on Wednesday, July 22
  4. Preliminary game, 7:05 pm on Friday, July 24
  5. Additional games (semi-finals and finals)

Daniel Novia “My goal is to gain some international experience.”


Athletics (Hammer Throw) Psychology BA 2014

A photo of Daniel Novia
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  • Two-time OUA and CIs gold medallist in weight throw (2012–2013)
  • Set the OUA meet record holder for 20.74m (2012)
  • Two-time CIS all-Canadian and OUA all-star
  • Won a silver medal in hammer throw at the 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championships
  • Current best hammer throw this year is 67.11 m

Read more about Daniel: Brampton Guardian | yFile

Want to support Daniel at the Games?

Share your support on social media or buy tickets for Athletics events.


  1. Finals, 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 22

Dontae Richards-Kwok “I don’t know if I’d describe the feeling as butterflies, but I’m excited and ready to go.”


Athletics (4x100m relay) Psychology BA 2015

A photo of Dontae Richards-Kwok
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  • Has the most awards of any Track & Field athlete at York, with 14 CIS medals and 16 OUA medals
  • Won bronze on the Canadian 4x100m relay team in 2013
  • Finished eighth in the 100m at the 2011 FISU in China
  • Reached the semi-finals in the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Competed in the 2011 Pan Am Games, coming in fifth in 100m, sixth in 200m, and fifth in the 4x400m relay

Read more about Dontae: yFile | Toronto Sun | Pride News

Want to support Dontae at the Games?

Tweet your support @LongLiveDontae or buy tickets for Athletics events.


  1. Semi-finals, starting at 8 pm on Friday, July 24
  2. Finals, 7:20 pm on Saturday, July 25

Kailah Macri “Part of me knew I would be coming back for the Games.”


Artistic Roller Skating Kinesiology BSc. 2015

A photograph of Kailah Macri.
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  • Competed in her first World Championships at age 13
  • Has competed in seven World Championships
  • Last major competition was the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, where she placed fifth
  • Retired shortly after to focus on school and finish up her degree, but started training again in December in hopes of competing at the Pan Am Games

Read more about Kailah: Toronto Star | CTV | National Post

Want to support Kailah at the Games?

Tweet your support @kailahmacri or buy tickets for Roller Sports events.


  1. Women’s preliminary round, 6:15pm on Saturday, July 11\
  2. Women’s finals, 6pm on Sunday, July 12

Note: Kailah came in fourth with a 114.40 score in the short program, and a 118.80 in the long program. Great work Kailah!








Megan is a third-year Psychology student. Follow her on her journey of self-development as she explores and ventures through campus.

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  • Megan

    Thanks Rebecca 🙂

  • Rebecca

    Great article! Love all the profiles of our wonderful #YorkU athletes.

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