Wrestling Canada Lutte and Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) have confirmed the 14 athletes and four coaches to be named to Team Canada for the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland this July.
Wrestling at 69KG, Dorothy Yeats of Montreal is the 2010 Youth Olympics Champion, two-time Junior World Champion (2012, 2013), as well as 2014 Senior World Championships Silver Medalist. Stittsville, Ontario native Erica Wiebe is a three-time National Champion (2012, 2013, 2014) and 2013 Poland Open Champion having beaten the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist to win the event.
On the men’s side, David Tremblay, Olympian at the 2012 London Games, is a two-time National Champion (2014, 2011) and a five-time Canadian University Champion from Concordia University. Elliot Lake’s Korey Jarvis is the defending Commonwealth Games silver medalist at 120KG and is a two-time National Champion (2012, 2014).
This accomplished team of seven men and seven women will be led by wrestlers with great international and multi-sport experience.
“Canada is looking to follow-up Canada’s impressive performance in Wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi India, with another strong showing,” says Team Canada Chef de Mission, Chantal Petitclerc. “Performance is a priority for the XXth Commonwealth Games Canadian team; we expect great things from these athletes as the road to Rio passes through Glasgow.”
For men’s and women’s wrestling at Glasgow, a new weight class system is being used. The system features six new Olympic weight classes and one for non-Olympic weight classes. This new system is a result of the various changes introduced by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA).
Wrestling Canada Lutte Executive Director and Team Canada Mission Staff Member Tamara Medwidsky anticipates solid results from this eager group of athletes.
“There is a high level of excitement and anticipation for the Commonwealth Games by our team,” says Medwidsky. “The team, including athletes, coaches and support staff, represents some of the best in Canadian wrestling. We go into the 2014 Games with high expectations in terms of performance and anticipate that the experience gained in Glasgow will be invaluable leading towards the preparation for TO2015 and the 2016 Olympic Games.”
Athletes and coaches nominated by Wrestling Canada Lutte to Team Canada for the 2014 Commonwealth Games were selected following a series of selection events including the 2014 Senior Canadian Championships and World Team Trials.
Diving Plongeon Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada(CGC) confirmed the athletes and coaches to be named to Team Canada for the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in July.
Amongst the Canadian diving team in Glasgow will be three 2012 Olympic medalists, in Jennifer Abel (22, Laval, QC), Meaghan Benfeito (25, Montreal, QC) and Roseline Filion (26, Laval,QC). Bolstering the team is 2013 World Championship double bronze medalist, Pamela Ware (22, Beloeil, QC).
Canadian divers just wrapped up their most successful FINA World Series season ever with Roseline Filion, Meaghan Benfeito, Jennifer Abel, and Pamela Ware bringing home sixteen total medals from the five competitions they attended. The consistency displayed by Canada’s top divers in reaching the podium on the international level is very encouraging at this point in the Olympic quadrennial. With the road to Rio running through Glasgow, Canada’s best will test themselves against the world-class divers from Australia, England, and Malaysia.
“I believe that Canada’s diving team is heading to Glasgow as the team to beat”, said Chantal Petitclerc, Chef de Mission for Canada’s Team in Glasgow. “With the four medals won by Canada at the final FINA World Series event just held in Mexico, including Meaghan Benfeito’s gold on the 10-metre tower, this team is showing that it is ready to take on the best in the Commonwealth.”
Mitch Geller, chief technical officer at Diving Plongeon Canada also believes the Canadian diving team is well positioned to impress in Glasgow.
“With this being a major games, our obligation to Commonwealth Games Canada and to all Canadians is to maximize our medal return”, said Geller. “The selection process we used has enabled us to nominate the strongest possible team we could have sent”, added Geller. “We are encouraged by our recent international results and feel confident we can contend for a gold medal in every women’s event at the Games”, said Geller.
Athletes and coaches nominated by Diving Plongeon Canada to Team Canada for the 2014 Commonwealth Games were chosen based on results and scoring standards from a series of selected events throughout the 2014 diving season.
The Canadian Team is expected to be comprised of 265 athletes, Canada’s largest team ever fielded for a non-home Games. The entire Canadian Team will be officially named by Commonwealth Games Canada in July 2014.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23rd to August 3rd, 2014, and will be the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish soil.
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