Fourth year University of Victoria Vikes track athlete Rachel Francois was named by Athletics Canada as one of 25 athletes that will compete May 2-3 at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas. Canada will field teams in the men’s and women’s 4×100-metres and 4×400-metres as well as in the women’s 4×800-metres.
Francois, a four-time defending CIS gold medallist in the 600-m, is also the two-time defending UVic Female Athlete of the Year for her recent successes. Francois will compete in the 4x800m event at the World Relays.
The IAAF World Relays serve as a qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games. The inaugural edition of the event was held in 2014, also in the Bahamas. Last year the event saw 470 competitors, the second edition is expected to attract over 600 athletes from around the world.
The Canadian team, except for the women’s 4-x800-metres, will get a chance to test their readiness ahead of the IAAF World Relays this weekend in Philadelphia at the Penn Relays.
This weekend’s Penn Relays will mark the first national team competition for the relay program since the tragic passing of Daundre Barnaby. Barnaby would have competed at the Penn Relays and the IAAF World Relays as part of team Canada in the men’s 4×400-metres. He was laid to rest Saturday morning with his teammates in attendance. It’s not too late to help the Barnaby family cope with final expenses and a project to ensure his name lives on forever, details here.
Canadian team for the IAAF World Relays
Name, hometown, personal coach, club
Aaron Brown, Toronto, ON, Denis Mitchell, Phoenix Athletics
Akeem Haynes, Calgary, AB, Stuart McMillan, Calgary International
Segun Makinde, Ottawa, ON, Glenroy Gilbert, Ottawa Lions
Dontae Richards-Kwok, Mississauga, ON, Anthony McCleary & Desai Williams, Project Athletics
Gavin Smellie, Etobicoke, ON, Desai Williams, Flying Angels
Justyn Warner, Markham, ON, Kevin Tyler, Project Athletics
Tremaine Harris, Markham, ON, Anthony McCleary & Desai Williams, Project Athletics
Daniel Harper, Brampton, ON, Frank Bucca, Brampton Track Club
Philip Osei, Toronto, ON, Anthony McCleary & Desai Williams, Project Athletics
Michael Robertson, Williamstown, ON, Glenroy Gilbert, Ottawa Lions
Khamica Bingham, Caledon, ON, Desai Williams & Frank Bucca, Project Athletics
Shai-Anne Davis, Toronto, ON, Anthony McCleary & Desai Williams, Project Athletics
Crystal Emmanuel, Scarborough, ON, Desai Williams, Project Athletics
Phylicia George, Markham, ON, Anthony McCleary, Project Athletics
Kimberley Hyacinthe, Lachenaie, QC, Desai Williams, Vainqueurs
Farah Jacques, Ottawa, ON, Glenroy Gilbert, Ottawa Lions
Fawn Dorr, Marten River, ON, Anthony McCleary & Desai Williams, Unattached
Audrey Jean-Baptiste, Montreal, QC, Marc-Elie Toussaint, Perfx-Racing
Noelle Montcalm, Belle River, ON, Don Garrod, UWAC
Carline Muir, Edmonton, AB, Anthony McCleary, Unattached
Nicole Sassine, Windsor, ON, Jesse Dupuis, UWAC
Rachel Aubry, Ottawa, ON, Dave Scott-Thomas, Speed River TFC
Karine Belleau-Béliveau, Montreal, QC, Jean-Yves Cloutier, Vainqueurs
Rachel Francois, Victoria, BC, Brent Fougner, University of Victoria
Elizabeth Whalen, Toronto, ON, Mark Van Alstyne, Unattached