June 16,2014(ISN) – OTTAWA – In 11 days 50 Canadian athletes will don the maple leaf and enter battle for international supremacy at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The team features an interesting mix of young blood and veteran athletes, which is sure to foster strong performances from Team Canada when athletics competition begins July 27.
Returning Commonwealth Games Medallists
Josh Cassidy of Guelph, Ont., won bronze in the T54 wheelchair 1500-metres at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Cassidy holds the Canadian record in this event, set in 2010.
Sultana Frizell of Perth, Ont., won gold in the hammer throw, in a new Games record, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Frizell holds the Canadian record in the women’s hammer.
Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., is a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist. At the 2010 edition she finished first in the T54 wheelchair 1500-metres and in 2006 won the T54 wheelchair 800-metres.
Jim Steacy of Lethbridge, Alta., won silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the men’s hammer throw. Steacy holds the Canadian record, set in 2008. He enters as one of the top ranked throwers in the Commonwealth.
Angela Whyte of Edmonton, Alta., is a two-time silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games, finishing second in the 100-metre hurdles in 2006 and 2010.
Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., won silver in the heptathlon at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Zelinka only competed in the 100-metre hurdles last season but she’s back in the seven-event discipline and will look to step on the podium in Glasgow.
The men’s 4×100-metres relay team won bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the women’s 4×400-metres relay team won bronze at the 2010 edition.
Olympic, Paralympic & World Championship medallists
Shawnacy Barber – 2012 World Junior Championships bronze, pole vault
Khamica Bingham – 2011 World Youth Championships bronze, medley relay
Aaron Brown – 2013 World Championships bronze, 4x100m, 2010 World Junior Championships bronze, 200m, 2009 World Youth Championships silver, 100m
Josh Cassidy – 2013 World Championships bronze, T54 wheelchair 1500m
Derek Drouin – 2013 World Championships bronze, high jump, 2012 Olympic Games bronze, high jump
Michael Mason – 2004 World Junior Championships gold, high jump
Christabel Nettey – 2007 World Youth Championships bronze, medley relay
Diane Roy – 5-time World Championships medallist, 5-time Paralympic Games medallist.
Nicole Sifuentes – 2014 World Indoor Championships bronze, 1500m
Brianne Theisen-Eaton – 2014 World Indoor Championships silver, pentathlon, 2013 World Championships silver, heptathlon
Damian Warner – 2013 World Championships bronze, decathlon
Canada also won bronze at the 2013 World Championships in the men’s 4×100-metres. From that team Aaron Brown, Dontae Richards-Kwok, Gavin Smellie and alternate Segun Makinde will be part of the relay pool at the Commonwealth Games.
15 Canadian Record holders to compete in Glasgow
Shawnacy Barber – Pole Vault – 5.71m (2013)
Khamica Bingham – 4x100m – 42.99 (2013)
Aaron Brown – 200m – 20.16 (2014)
Josh Cassidy – T54 1500m – 2:55.73 (2010)
Shai-Anne Davis – 4x100m – 42.99 (2013)
Derek Drouin – High Jump – 2.40m (2014)
Crystal Emmanuel – 4x100m – 42.99 (2013)
Sultana Frizell – Hammer – 75.73m (2014)
Elizabeth Gleadle – Javelin – 64.50m (2014)
Matthew Hughes – 3000m Steeplechase – 8:11.64 (2013)
Kimberly Hyacinthe – 4x100m – 42.99 (2013)
Julie Labonté – Shot Put – 18.31m (2011)
Diane Roy – T54 1500m – 3:21.39 (2010)
Jim Steacy – Hammer – 79.13 (2008)
Brianne Theisen-Eaton – Heptathlon – 6641 (2014)