The Canadian Weightlifting Federation and Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) today confirmed the 14 athletes and two coaches to be named to Team Canada for the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland this July.
The weightlifting team is solid with Commonwealth Games experience, with eight members of the team, including the coaches, having competed at a previous Commonwealth Games.
Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau claimed silver in 75KG at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and then made her Olympic Games debut in 2012 and competed in the 69KG weightlifting division winning Group B to finish in eighth place. Marie-Josee Ares-Pilon will also be making her second apearance at a Commonwealth Games as she competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi finishing just out of the medals.
For the men, returning to Commonwealth Games competition are Olympian (2008) Francis Luna-Grenier who competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Joining him are 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medalists Mathieu Marineau (85KG) and George Kobaladze (+105KG) as well as Delhi 2010 team mate Parminder Phangura.
This team ripe with Commonwealth Games experience is also coached by two former Commonwealth Games athletes. Gilles Poirier competed at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and Guy Marineau competed at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
“In all, Canada has won 92 medals in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games,” says Team Canada Chef de Mission, Chantal Petitclerc. “With this rich history at the Games, as well as the experience of the team members, we expect a strong showing in Glasgow.”
The Canadian Weightlifting Federation also anticipates great results coming out of Glasgow.
“Based upon the current Commonwealth ranking, Canada is expected to win six medals in weightlifting”, said Paul Barrett, President of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation. “This could increase by one or two depending on the performance of our athletes. The level of competition will be intense, and will serve as an important step in our preparation for the 2015 Pan American Games and ultimately the Olympic Games in Rio.”
Field Hockey Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) have confirmed the athletes and coaches named to Team Canada for the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland in July.
The Canadian women’s team has been nearly entirely renewed at the end of the last Olympic cycle, with four players returning from the group that played in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi: Thea Culley (Rossland, BC), team captain Kate Gillis (Kingston, ON), Abigail Raye (Kelowna, BC), and Kristine Wishart (Hamilton, ON).
“Field hockey at the Commonwealth Games is rich in history and incredibly competitive,” says Team Canada Chef de Mission, Chantal Petitclerc. “With many of the top teams in the world in attendance in Glasgow, Canada is sure to face some tough matches, but I am sure they will hold their own against the experienced international teams they will face.”
Also included in the roster are veteran defender Danielle Hennig (Kelowna, BC), a 2013 Pan American Elite Team nominee, and Hannah Haughn (North Vancouver, BC), who at 19 years-old has already amassed 62 caps for Canada.
“The Commonwealth Games are a significant milestone in any athlete’s career,” said Coach Ian Rutledge. “We now have a final group that will do its part to represent our program and country with pride.”
“The strength of the team is its ability to relentlessly pursue our goals in a united fashion,” continued Coach Rutledge. “While we have a significantly youthful team, I have always been impressed by the group’s ability to continually rise to the occasion and showcase their talents against some of the best teams in the world.”
In goal, the tandem of Kaitlyn Williams (White Rock, BC) and Lauren Logush (Richmond Hill, ON) will look to backstop Canada to success in Glasgow.
“The Commonwealth Games is a benchmark event for our Women’s National Program,” said Jeff Sauve, CEO of Field Hockey Canada. “The Games present an opportunity to battle some of the best Nations in the world. Even more than that, it is an opportunity for a fearless group of our best athletes to validate the commitment they make to a daily training environment.”
Gymnastics Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) have confirmed the athletes and coaches to be named to Team Canada for the XXth Glasgow Scotland this July.
Anchoring the Canadian women’s artistic gymnastics squad are 2012 Olympic veterans Ellie Black and Victoria Moors, while two-time Olympian Nathan Gafuik leads the men’s squad. Black and Moors played key roles in Canada’s best-ever 5th place team finish at the London Olympic Games and rank among the world’s best gymnasts all around and in the floor exercise. Gafuik, a mainstay on the Canadian men’s team for a decade, won three medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, including team gold.
Among the other top contenders on the men’s team are Anderson Loran of Saskatoon, a silver medalist on high bar at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and Scott Morgan, ranked eighth in the floor exercise at the 2013 world championships.
Canada’s rhythmic gymnastics team is led by two-time Canadian senior champion Patricia, Bezzoubenko, who will be making her first appearance at the Commonwealth Games. In her most recent international competition, Bezzoubenko won the all around title at the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships in April.
“The 2014 Canadian Team is pleased to welcome the thirteen gymnasts announced today”, said Chantal Petitclerc, Chef de Mission of the Canadian Team in Glasgow. “I have witnessed tremendous results by gymnasts at the Commonwealth Games I have attended in the past, and I know that this 2014 edition will be contending for the podium in Glasgow.”
“Canada has a long tradition of success in gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games and we expect that to continue this summer in Glasgow,” says Gymnastics Canada team leader Cathy Haines. “We are expecting to be ranked top three in the team events in all disciplines as well as challenging for medals across the board in individual competitions in both artistic and rhythmic gymnastics.”
Athletes and coaches were nominated by Gymnastics Canada to Team Canada for the 2014 Commonwealth Games using a comprehensive selection process, including results from the 2014 Canadian Gymnastics Championships.
The Canadian Team is expected to be comprised of 267 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.