Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls ready for action at Canadian Track and Field Trials

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CALGARY
– Ten Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls were on hand Tuesday at Foothills Athletic Park in Calgary, Alberta to officially kick off the 2012 Canadian Track and Field Trials.

Josh Cassidy of Oakville, Ont., Earle Connor of Calgary, Alta., Sam Effah of Calgary, Alta., Perdita Felicien of Pickering, Ont., Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., Nikkita Holder of Pickering, Ont., Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Whitby, Ont., Brianne Theisen of Humboldt, Sask., Justyn Warner of Markham, Ont., and Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., talked about the upcoming four days of competition which determine who earns the right to don the maple leaf at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, England.

2008 Olympic Games bronze medalist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, “I’m very excited to be competing for a chance to represent Canada at the Olympic Games, to be part of these championships means a lot to me and the field is by far the strongest our country has had in a very long time. I am hoping as a group we can continue to influence and motivate more Canadians to get involved in athletics as we continue our strong presence on the international stage.” Lopes-Schliep adds, “I wish my competitors all the best but come race time I am here to win.”

2008 Paralympic Games gold medalist Earle Connor comments on the Track and Field Trials taking place in his hometown of Calgary, “Having the opportunity to qualify for another Paralympic Games on my home track is a surreal feeling. The journey to bring back to Calgary, and Canada, a third Paralympic Gold medal begins in a place where I call home, that is such an amazing and motivating feeling.”

To earn a spot on the Olympic team athletes must meet the required time standards for their event and finish top three at Trials. 28 athletes already met their respective time standard and will now be gunning for that podium finish to punch their ticket to London.

Paralympic nomination is determined by a seven step process based on a quota system administered by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The IPC has allocated 20 quota spots for Canada’s track and field entry plus a relay slot for each of the visually impaired 4×100-metres and wheelchair 4×400-metres. Follow this link (http://bit.ly/JhFVMH) to get the full picture on where athletes stand in the Olympic and Paralympic nomination process.

Olympic hopefuls having met required time standard

Name

Hometown

Event

Final*

Mohammed Ahmed

St. Catherines, ON

10000m

June 26 – 7:15pm

Dylan Armstrong

Kamloops, BC

Shot put

June 30 – 12:15pm

Melissa Bishop

Eganville, ON

800m

June 30 – 3:10pm

Nathan Brannen

Cambridge, ON

1500m

June 29 – 2:25pm

Jared Connaughton

New Haven, PEI

200m

June 30 – 3:40pm

Derek Drouin

Corunna, ON

High jump

June 30 – 1:30pm

Perdita Felicien

Pickering, ON

100mH

June 30 – 3:50pm

Sultana Frizell

Perth, ON

Hammer throw

June 30 – 12:00pm

Alex Genest

Lac-aux-Sables, QC

3000m SC

June 30 – 1:00pm

Phylicia George

Markham, ON

100m

100mH

June 29 – 7:10pm

June 30 – 3:50pm

Elizabeth Gleadle

Vancouver, BC

Javelin

June 29 – 5:00pm

Inaki Gomez

Vancouver, BC

Race walk

June 30 – 8:00am

Julie Labonté

Sainte-Justine, QC

Shot put

June 30 – 2:30pm

Cameron Levins

Black Creek, BC

5000m

10000m

June 29 – 7:55pm

Priscilla Lopes-Schliep

Whitby, ON

100mH

June 30 – 3:50pm

Michael Mason

Nanoose Bay, BC

High jump

June 30 – 1:30pm

Kelsie Hendry

Saskatoon, SK

Pole vault

June 30 – 12:00pm

Nikkita Holder

Pickering, ON

100mH

June 30 – 3:50pm

Justin Rodhe

Kamloops, BC

Shot put

June 30 – 12:15pm

Rachel Seaman

Peterborough, ON

Race walk

June 30 – 8:00am

Nicole Sifuentes

Winnipeg, MB

1500m

June 29 – 1:20pm

Jessica Smith

North Vancouver, BC

800m

June 30 – 3:10pm

Heather Steacy

Lethbridge, AB

Hammer throw

June 30 – 12:00pm

Jim Steacy

Lethbridge, AB

Hammer throw

June 30 – 2:30pm

Hilary Stellingwerff

Sarnia, ON

1500m

June 29 – 1:20pm

Brianne Theisen

Humboldt, SK

Heptathlon

June 27 / 28

Angela Whyte

Edmonton, AB

100mH

June 30 – 3:50pm

Jessica Zelinka

London, ON

Heptathlon

100mH

June 27 / 28

June 30 – 3:50pm

Paralympic hopefuls identified in steps 2 and 3

Rachael Burrows

Barrie, ON

T34 200m

June 29 – 6:20pm

Christy Campbell

Kitchener, ON

T34 100m

June 27 – 1:50pm

Josh Cassidy

Ottawa, ON

T54 marathon**

June 27 – 6:15pm (800m)

June 30 – 2:55pm (1500m)

June 28 – 7:55pm (5000m)

Earle Connor

Calgary, AB

T42 100m

June 29 – 2:10pm

Nathan Dewitt

Surrey, BC

T34 200m

June 28 – 5:40pm

Jason Dunkerley

Ottawa, ON

T11 1500m

June 27 – 1:10pm

Michel Filteau

St. Jean Baptiste, QC

T54 marathon**

Kiera Frie

Saskatoon, SK

T54 5000m

June 28 – 7:40pm

Brent Lakatos

Dorval, QC

T53 200m

June 29 – 6:30pm

Virginia McLachlan

Windsor, ON

T35 200m

June 29 – 6:20pm

Kyle Pettey

Brampton, ON

F34 shot put

June 28 – 6:00pm

Eddy Solla

Chilliwack, BC

T34 200m

June 29 – 6:30pm

Michelle Stilwell

Nanoose Bay, BC

T52 100m

June 27 – 1:50pm

Leah Robinson

Petersburg, ON

T37 400m

June 28 – 6:40pm

Diane Roy

Sherbrooke, QC

T54 400m

T54 marathon**

June 30 – 12:30pm (400m)

June 28 – 5:30pm (800m)

June 27 – 6:00pm (1500m)

June 28 – 7:40pm (5000m)

Curtis Thom

Mississauga, ON

T54 400m

June 28 – 5:40pm

*All times in local Mountain Time
**The wheelchair marathon event is not contested at the Track and Field Trials

Olympic and Paralympic nomination

What better way to celebrate Canada Day then to welcome Athletics Canada’s nominations to the Olympic and Paralympic Games team. The nominations take place July 1 as part of a special breakfast announcement at the University of Calgary’s Dining Centre beginning at 9am.

 

Countdown to Calgary: CTVOlympics.ca previews the Olympic Trials

Trials LIVE on CBC and CBCSports.ca

You can catch the 2012 Track and Field Trials live streaming on cbcsports.ca on Friday June 29 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm local time (7:30pm – 9:30pm ET) and live on television Saturday June 30 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm local (4:00 – 6:00pm ET).

For the latest news, schedule info, Olympic and Paralympic athlete tracking as well as complete results visit www.2012trials.ca. You can also follow all the action live on Facebook (CanadaTrackandField) and on Twitter @AthleticsCanada. Use #2012Trials. 

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