Field Hockey Canada announced Pan Am Roster

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TORONTO  – On Thursday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Field Hockey Canada announced the 16 men and 16 women who have been selected to represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games from July 10 to 26 in Toronto, Ontario.

The Pan American Games field hockey competition, which will be held at the new Pan Am Fields at the University of Toronto, serves as an official Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifying tournament, with both the men’s and women’s winners earning a spot at the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next summer.

The Men’s National Team, currently 15th in the field hockey world ranking, will enter the tournament as the second-ranked team, behind only world number six Argentina. The Canadian men begin competition on July 14 against Brazil, concluding July 25.

The Women’s National Team, currently 20th in the field hockey world ranking, enters the tournament as the third-ranked team, behind world number three Argentina and world number five the United States. The Canadian women begin competition on July 13 against the Dominican Republic, concluding July 24.

On the men’s side, Canada and Argentina have met in the last ten Pan Am Games finals, with Argentina winning in 2011 and Canada taking gold in 2007. The Canadian women last reached the podium at Winnipeg 1999, the last time the Pan American Games were held in Canada.

Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with more than 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team at the Games in Toronto. With TORONTO 2015 providing a “home Games” experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will offer a tremendous experience for Canada’s high performance athletes.

QUOTES      

“Both our men’s and women’s teams are ranked highly against other Pan Am countries, putting them in a strong position heading into these Games. Congratulations to all the athletes who have worked tirelessly to get their teams to the ranking they are currently at. Canada will cheer for you from the stands and across the country.” 

Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee

“Canada’s field hockey history is strong, and this year is no exception with the outstanding athletes that were named today. Congratulations to all of the nominees, I am confident that these men and women will compete hard and make Canada proud.”

Curt Harnett, TORONTO 2015 Team Canada Chef de Mission

“We are proud of the 32 athletes nominated to represent Field Hockey Canada this summer in Toronto.  They will compete with great heart and pride as they join an inspiring contingent of Canadian athletes numbering 700+ strong.  Field Hockey Canada athletes and support staff are excited and appreciative of the opportunity to represent our nation at a major Games, in our country, and under the Canadian Olympic Committee umbrella.”

Jeff Sauvé, Chief Executive Officer, Field Hockey Canada

“Our guys have worked extremely hard to prepare for the Pan American Games. Contending for a major title on our own turf will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase our sport to our home fans and to continue to prepare for our ultimate goal of competing at the Olympic Games.”

Anthony Farry, Head Coach, Men’s National Team

“We’ve played a number of the top teams in the world over the last two years. Now, it’s the last opportunity we have to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. The team we’ve picked represents the best sixteen players in the country at this time for us to achieve that goal.”

Ian Rutledge, Head Coach, Women’s National Team

“It will be a big honour to play in front of a home crowd in Toronto. We rarely get to play major events with a grandstand full of Canadians, and I’m sure that support will help drive our performance throughout the tournament.”

Scott Tupper, Captain, Men’s National Team

“To play for Canada on home soil is something I have been looking forward to ever since Toronto was named as host for the 2015 Pan American Games. Wearing the maple leaf on your chest and representing your country is an indescribable feeling of pride. To be able to share that with our family and friends in front of a home crowd dawning the red and white, with an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics, will be an unforgettable experience.”

Kate Gillis, Captain, Women’s National Team

 “Congratulations to the players who will represent Canada in field hockey at the Pan Am Games. I look forward to seeing both our women’s and men’s teams excel on the pitch at the beautiful Pan Am / Parapan Am Fields at the University of Toronto during the Year of Sport in Canada.”

The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

The field hockey teams which will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Games include:

Men’s National Team:

First Last Position Hometown Caps
Brenden Bissett Forward New Westminster, BC 29
David Carter Goalkeeper Vancouver, BC 111
Taylor Curran Midfielder Vancouver, BC 91
Adam Froese Defender Abbotsford, BC 113
Matthew Guest Forward Vancouver, BC 96
Gabriel Ho-Garcia Forward Burnaby, BC 56
David Jameson Midfielder Vancouver, BC 225
Gordon Johnston Defender
Vancouver, BC
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Ben Martin Midfielder Vancouver, BC 77
Devohn Noronha-Teixeira Forward Mississauga, ON 48
Sukhi Panesar Midfielder Surrey, BC 45
Mark Pearson Midfielder Tsawwassen, BC 176
Matthew Sarmento Forward Vancouver, BC 38
Iain Smythe Forward Vancouver, BC 104
Scott Tupper* Defender Vancouver, BC 209
Paul Wharton Midfielder Vancouver, BC 47

 *Captain

Coaching and Support Staff:

Position First Last Hometown
Assistant Coach Paul Bundy Vancouver, BC
Head Coach Anthony Farry Canberra, Australia
Physiotherapist Joshua Ferguson Melbourne, Australia
Performance Analyst Paul Mounter Vancouver, BC
Sports Psychologist Dr. Bruce Pinel Victoria, BC
Team Manager Celia Plottel Vancouver, BC
Team Doctor Dr. Navin Prasad Vancouver, BC

  

Women’s National Team:

First Last Position Hometown Caps
Thea Culley* Forward Rossland, BC 127
Kate Gillis** Midfielder Kingston, ON 124
Hannah Haughn Forward North Vancouver, BC 83
Danielle Hennig* Defender Kelowna, BC 88
Karli Johansen Defender North Vancouver, BC 37
Shanlee Johnston Defender Vancouver, BC 20
Sara McManus Defender Tsawwassen, BC 77
Stephanie Norlander Forward North Vancouver, BC 17
Abigail Raye Defender Kelowna, BC 124
Maddie Secco Midfielder Victoria, BC 51
Natalie Sourisseau Midfielder Kelowna, BC 67
Brienne Stairs Forward Kitchener, ON 69
Holly Stewart Forward North Vancouver, BC 29
Alex Thicke Midfielder North Vancouver, BC 8
Kaitlyn Williams Goalkeeper Surrey, BC 56
Amanda Woodcroft Midfielder Waterloo, ON 20

*Vice-Captain

**Captain

 

Coaching and Support Staff:

Position First Last Hometown
Assistant Coach Stephanie Andrews Perth, Australia
Athletic Therapist Michelle Meckling Kelowna, BC
Team Doctor Dr. Navin Prasad Vancouver, BC
Head Coach Ian Rutledge Orange, Australia
Video Analyst Stefanie Sloboda Winnipeg, MB
Team Manager Carrie Trumpy Victoria, BC
Physiotherapist Elliot Usher Vancouver, BC

 Prior to being named to the final Canadian Pan American Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations towards the end of June 2015.

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