Canadian Athletics Team Nominated For TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games

Monday, June 22, 2015

On Sunday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Athletics Canada announced the 43 women and 46 men who have been nominated to the Canadian track and field team at the 2015 Pan American Games from July 10 to 26 in Toronto, Ontario.

Canadian athletics (track and field) enters the Pan American Games on a remarkable run. Eight athletes have already set Canadian records in 2015 and are all being nominated to the Pan American Games team.

Shawnacy Barber of Toronto, Ont., has set both indoor and outdoor records in the men’s pole vault. This past weekend he won his third NCAA title. Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., took home a pair of NCAA titles in the 100-metres and 200-metres. This season De Grasse has reset the indoor and outdoor records in the 200-metres.

Other recent Canadian record breakers on the Pan American Games Team are Elizabeth Gleadle of Vancouver, B.C. (javelin), Cameron Levins of Black Creek, B.C. (10,000m), Christabel Nettey of Surrey, B.C. (long jump), Rachel Seaman of Peterborough, Ont. (20km race walk), Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboldt, Sask. (heptathlon), and Natasha Wodak of Vancouver, B.C. (10,000m).

The 2015 Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Alta., July 2 to 5 will play an important role for these athletes as they show proof of readiness for competition at the Pan American Games. The Championships also serve as the selection Trials for the IAAF World Championships later this summer and the Pan American Junior Championships, also to be held in Edmonton (July 31 - August 2).

The Canadian athletics team won four medals at the last Pan American Games in 2011 (Guadalajara, Mexico). The team includes three Pan American Games medallists; Sultana Frizell (2011, hammer throw, silver), Jessica Zelinka (2007, heptathlon, gold), Jim Steacy (2007, hammer throw, gold).

Athletics competition at the Pan Am Games begins July 18 with the women’s marathon and continues through July 26. Click here for the full athletics competition schedule.

The Canadian Athletics team which will represent Canada at TORONTO 2015 includes:

Women

Name / Event(s) / Hometown / Coach
Kelsie Ahbe / Pole Vault / Green, ON / Tim Mack
Khamica Bingham / 100m / Caledon, ON / Desai Williams
Melissa Bishop / 800m / Eganville, ON / Dennis Fairall

Melanie Blouin / Pole Vault / Quebec, QC / Arye Rosenoer
Jillian Drouin / Heptathlon / Corunna, ON / Joel Skinner
Caroline Eherhardt / Triple Jump / Espanola, ON / Frank Erle
Crystal Emmanuel / 100m / East York, ON / Desai Williams
Melissa Fraser / Javelin / Hillsburgh, ON / Tom Nielsen
Sultana Frizell / Hammer Throw / Perth, ON / Derek Evely
Phylicia George / 100m Hurdles / Markham, ON / Anthony McCleary

Elizabeth Gleadle / Javelin / Vancouver, BC / Larry Steinke
Sasha Gollish / 1500m / Toronto, ON / Ross Ristuccia
Rachel Hannah / Marathon / Toronto, ON / David Korell
Shaina Harrison / 4x100m Relay / Aurora, ON / Charles Allen
Nikkita Holder / 100m Hurdles / Pickering, ON / Anthony McCleary

Kimberley Hyacinthe / 200m / Terrebonne, QC / Desai Williams
Audrey Jean-Baptiste / 400m / Montreal, QC / Clif Mitchell
Emma Kimoto / High Jump / Richmond, BC / Jeff Huntoon
Alanna Kovacs / Discus Throw / Barrie, ON / Monique Kovacs
Natasha LaBeaud / Marathon / Kelowna, BC / Marco Anzures
Julie Labonte / Shot Put / Sainte-Justine,QC / Craig Carter
Genevieve Lalonde / 3000m Steeplechase / Moncton, NB / Dave Scott-Thomas
Marie-Josee Le Jour / Discus Throw / Dorval, QC / Bogdan Poprawski
Lanni Marchant / 10,000m / London, ON / Dave Mills
Christabel Nettey / Long Jump / Surrey, BC / Dan Pfaff
Jessica O’Connell / 5000m / Calgary, AB / Mke Van Tighem
Katelynn Ramage / 20km Race Walk / Nanaimo, BC / Gerald Dragomir
Rachel Seaman / 20km Race Walk / Peterborough, ON / Timothy Seamn
Taylor Sharpe / 400m / Pickering, ON / Tony Sharpe
Nicole Sifuentes / 1500m / Winnipeg, MB / Mike McGuire
Alicia Smith / Triple Jump / Brampton, ON / Frank Erle
Jessica Smith / 800m / North Vancouver, BC / Brit Townsent
Heather Steacy / Hammer Throw / Lethbridge, AB / Derek Evely
Taryn Suttie / Shot Put / Hanley, SK / Justin Rodhe
Erin Teschuk / 3000m / Steeplechase / Winnipeg, MB / Andrew Carlson
Brianne Theisen-Eaton / Long Jump / 4x400 Relay / Humboldt, SK / Harry Marra
Raquel Tjernagel / 200m / New Westminister, BC / Tara Self
Alyxandria Treasure / High Jump / Prince George, BC / Cliff Rovelto
Sage Watson / 400m Hurdles / Medicine Hat, AB / Ken Harnden
Sarah Wells / 400m Hurdles / Unionville, ON / Robert Westman
Jellisa Westney / 4x100 Relay / Mississauga, ON / Janusz Tomko
Natasha Wodak / 10,000m / Vancouver, BC / Richard Lee
Jessica Zelinka / Heptathlon / London, ON / Cliff Rovelto

Men

Name / Event(s) / Hometown / Coach
Mohammed Ahmed / 10,000m / St. Catharines, ON / Jerry Schumacher
Tacuma Anderson-Richards / Triple Jump / Toronto, ON / Dermott Smith
Patrick Arbour Decathlon / Ottawa, ON / James Holder
Shawnacy Barber / Pole Vault / Toronto, ON / George Barber
Jharyl Bowry / Long Jump / Mississauga, ON / Jeff Huntoon
Nathan Brannen / 1500m / Cambridge, ON / Wynn Gmitroski
Aaron Brown / 4x100m Relay / Toronto, ON / Dennis Mitchell

Lucas Bruchet / 10,000m Vancouver, BC / Richard Lee
Johnathan Cabral / 110m Hurdles / Peribonka, QC / Jamie Cook
Creighton Connolly / 50km Race Walk / Vancouver, BC / Stafford Whalen
Andre De Grasse / 100m / 200m / Markham, ON / Caryl Smith Gilbert
Stevens Dorcelus / Long Jump / Montreal, QC / Bogdan Tarus
Derek Drouin / High Jump / Corunna, ON / Jeff Huntoon
Evan Dunfee / 20km Race Walk / Richmond, BC / Gerald Dragomir
Raymond Dykstra / Javelin / Grimsby, ON / Andrew Ninow
Duschane Farrier / 4x100m Relay / Scarborough, ON / Charles Allen

Alex Genest / 3000m Steeplechase / Lac-aux-Sables, QC / Dave Scott-Thomas
Nathan George / 4x400m Relay / Coquitlam, BC / Tara Self
Inaki Gomez / 20km Race Walk / Vancouver, BC / Gerald Dragomir
Daniel Harper / 400m / Brampton, ON / Frank Bucca
Tim Hendry-Gallagher / Shot Put / Parry Sound, ON / John Allan

Aaron Hernandez / Triple Jump / Lethbridge, AB / Jaime Thomas
Matthew Hughes / 3000m Steeplechase / Oshawa, ON / Wynn Gmitroski
Sekou Kaba / 110m Hurdles / Ottawa, ON / Andy McInnis

Kip Kangogo / Marathon / Lethbridge, AB / Rick Mannen
Evan Karakolis / Javelin / Scarborough, ON / Jason Spalding
Marc-Antoine Lafrenaye-Dugas / Discus Throw / Sherbrooke, QC / Luc Lafrance
Cameron Levins / 5000m / Black Creek, BC / Alberto Salazar
Gregory MacNeill / 400m / Hurdles / London, ON / Robert Westman
Mike Mason / High Jump / Nanoose, BC / Zbigniew Szelagowicz
Brendon McBride / 800m / Windsor, ON / Chris Scarrow
Tim Nedow / Shot Put/Discus Throw / Brockville, ON / Vesteinn Hafsteinsson
Daniel Novia / Hammer Throw / Mississauga, ON / John Allan

Tait Nystuen / 400m Hurdles / Regina, SK / Alger Seon
Philip Osei / 400m / Toronto, ON / Anthony McCleary
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot / 1500m / Quebec, QC / Felix-Antoine Lapointe
Ross Proudfoot / 5000m / Lively, ON / Dave Scott-Thomas
Dontae Richards-Kwok / 4x100m Relay / Toronto, ON / Desai Williams
Michael Robertson / 4x400m Relay / Williamstown, ON / Glenroy Gilbert
Brendon Rodney / 200m / Brampton, ON / Simon Hodnett
Anthony Romaniw / 800m / Hamilton, ON / Dave Scott-Thomas
Gavin Smellie / 100m / Brampton, ON / Desai Williams

Jim Steacy / Hammer Throw / Lethbridge, AB / Larry Steinke
Damian Warner / Decathlon / London, ON / Vickie Croley
Rob Watson / Marathon / London, ON / Peter Watson
Jason Wurster / Pole Vault / Stevensville, ON / Tom Moss

Coaches and Support Staff:

Name / Position / Hometown
Danielle Chow-Leong / Integrated Support Team / Toronto, ON
Peter Eriksson / Head Coach / Ottawa, ON
Glenroy Gilbert / Team Coach / Ottawa, ON

Heather Hennigar / Team Coach / Halifax, NS
Jeff Huntoon / Team Coach / Toronto, ON
Robert Lee / Integrated Support Team / Toronto, ON

Jared MacLeod / Team Leader / Winnipeg, MB
Anthony McCleary / Team Coach / Pickering, ON
Carla Nicholls / Team Manager / Regina, SK
Ron O’Hare / Integrated Support Team / Newmarket, ON
Richard Parkinson / Team Coach / Toronto, ON
Jessica Scarlato / Team Manager / Richmond Hill, ON
Dave Scott-Thomas / Team Coach / Guelph, ON
Joel Skinner / Team Coach / Sarnia, ON
Trent Stellingwerff / Integrated Support Team / Guelph, ON
Andrea Stephan / Integrated Support Team / Toronto, ON
Carmine Stillo / Integrated Support Team / Toronto, ON

Dre Penny Werthner / Integrated Support Team / Calgary, AB
Desai Williams / Team Coach / Mississauga, ON

Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee Website | Olympic.ca

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