August 13, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Written by Elif Beyatli, Media and Communications Work Study Student

Kelsey Veltman, BA ’19, former King’s student-athlete, represented Canada at the 30th FISU (Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire) Summer Universiade, in Napoli, Italy in July, 2019. Canada went 2-4 to finish eighth overall. Kelsey Veltman of Western University totalled 55 points off of 29 kills, 20 blocks and six aces. 

Graduating from Disability Studies at the Spring Convocation 2019, Veltman also made news in June by signing a professional contract to play with Volley Millenium Brescia in Italy.  The Italian SuperLega is one of the top women’s volleyball circuits in the world.

She credits the accommodation she received from her King’s professors with helping her excel in volleyball while earning a degree. “If there was ever a conflict between school and sport, it was easy to talk to my professors and figure something out. The support from all the faculty and staff has been above and beyond and made my King’s experience even better,” says Veltman.

Veltman was proud to represent not just King’s and Western Volleyball but her country at the Summer Universiade. Having never been to Italy before, she was excited to explore the country and learn about Italian culture.  

Veltman was a five-time Ontario University Athletics First Team All-Star while a member of the Western Mustangs Volleyball team.

To learn more about the 30th Summer Universiade, please visit