Athletics Canada nominates 46 athletes to Canada’s 2018 Commonwealth Games team

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Athletics Canada announced today the 46 athletes (including one guide) who have been nominated to represent Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games taking place in Gold Coast, Australia, from April 4-15. The team, comprised of 20 women and 26 men, will be focused on contributing to the overall Canadian medal count and bettering its total of 17 podium finishes (five gold, two silver and 10 bronze) from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“Athletics Canada has put together a strong and talented team that features a number of Commonwealth Games veterans and athletes who have taken great strides in our NextGen Program,” said head coach Glenroy Gilbert. “We are going to the Gold Coast to compete and to compete well. It’s an early start to the season for Canadian athletes, but we are going down there to do a job and that’s to perform.”

The Canadian contingent heading to Gold Coast features 17 veteran track and field athletes and 29 first-time Commonwealth Games participants. Of the 17 athletes who competed in Glasgow in 2014, 10 stood on the podium, including decathlete Damian Warner (gold) and wheelchair racer Diane Roy (silver T54 1500-metres) who hope to repeat or better their success in 2018 alongside their Canadian teammates.

“It’s always an honour to be selected to compete for Canada. I had a great time at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and look forward to defending my decathlon title in the Gold Coast this April,” said Damian Warner, 2014 gold medallist in the decathlon. “The 2018 Commonwealth Games present a great competitive opportunity for our veteran and less-experienced teammates. The last Commonwealth Games played a big role in helping me acquire the skills and experience needed to be on the podium in Rio. Athletes don’t get many opportunities to compete in a multi-sport games, so the chance to live in a village, compete in a big stadium and go up against top international competition is invaluable.”

“As an athlete, there’s something different and special about the Commonwealth Games. It has a very inclusive spirit as the para-athletes share training facilities, compete in the same stadium and live in the village with all of the other athletes and teams from the Commonwealth,” said Diane Roy, three-time Commonwealth Games medallist. “Our medals are part of the overall medal count and I take a lot of pride in that. I enjoyed competing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and look forward to returning to Australia to represent Canada this spring.”

“We are thrilled to see so many returning athletes from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, including 10 who were on the podium,” said Canada’s Chef de Mission Claire Carver-Dias. “The athletics team will be a leader for our 2018 Canadian team in the Gold Coast, both in size and in experience, and I look forward to supporting each athlete named today in their quest for the podium.”

The Commonwealth Games serve as a vital component of an athlete’s development. Nine athletes, in addition to the men’s 4 x 100-metre relay team, placed in the Top 8 at the 2017 IAAF World Championships, therefore, Canadians and track and field fans around the world can expect to see a number of breakout performances in Gold Coast that will lead to positive results in Tokyo at the Olympic/Paralympic Games in 2020.

“The Commonwealth Games have always been a foundation, a stepping stone, to the World Championships and Olympic/Paralympic Games. They bring together a great group of athletes, you run into very talented people at the Commonwealth Games,” said Gilbert. “Though friendly in nature, competition is competition, people are going down there to win medals. However, the Commonwealth Games also give us an opportunity to expose some of our younger athletes to an international competition, to look at our relay team and at a different formation of that team. It presents an opportunity to learn and to compete at a high level.”

Athletics competition will be held at Carrara Stadium, except for race walk (Currumbin Beachfront) and the men’s and women’s marathon (Southport Broadwater Parklands).

The list of Canadian track and field athletes nominated to the 2018 Commonwealth Games team includes:

Athletics
Name Hometown Club affiliation Coach Event(s)
Mohammed Ahmed* St. Catharines, Ont. Niagara Olympic Club Jerry Schumacher Men’s 5000-metres
Shawnacy Barber** Toronto Project Athletics Jeff Hartwig Men’s pole vault
Aaron Brown* Toronto Phoenix Athletics Dennis Mitchell Men’s 200-metres
Men’s 4 x 100-metre relay
Rachel Cliff Vancouver Unattached Richard Lee Women’s 10,000-metres
Brittany Crew Toronto SISU Throws Club Richard Parkinson Women’s shot put
Andre De Grasse* Markham, Ont. The Speed Academy Athletics Club Stuart McMillan Men’s 200-metres
Men’s 4 x 100-metre relay
Evan Dunfee Richmond, B.C. Racewalk West Gerald Dragomir Men’s 20 km race walk
Sam Effah Calgary University of Calgary Athletics Club Desai Williams Men’s 4 x 100-metre relay
Crystal Emmanuel* Toronto Flying Angels Charles Allen Women’s 200-metres
Sultana Frizell** Perth, Ont. Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club Sheldan Gmitroski Women’s hammer throw
Elizabeth Gleadle* Vancouver Vancouver Thunderbirds Laurier Primeau Women’s javelin throw
Matthew Hughes* Oshawa, Ont. Newmarket Huskies Jerry Schumacher Men’s 3000-metres steeplechase
Adam Keenan Victoria Kamloops Track and Field Club Anatoliy Bondarchuk Men’s hammer throw
Geneviève Lalonde Moncton, N.B. Speed River Dave Scott-Thomas Women’s 3000-metres steeplechase
Pierce LePage Whitby, Ont. Unattached Gregory Portnoy Men’s decathlon
Django Lovett Surrey, B.C. Valley Royals Track & Field Club Zbigniew Szelagowicz Men’s high jump
Michael Mason** Nanoose Bay, B.C. Nanaimo Track and Field Club Jeff Huntoon Men’s high jump
Brandon McBride* Windsor, Ont. Windsor Legion Chris Scarrow Men’s 800-metres
Tim Nedow** Brockville, Ont. Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club Richard Parkinson Men’s shot put
Christabel Nettey** Surrey, B.C. Unattached Jeremy Fischer Women’s long jump
Anicka Newell Saskatoon Project Athletics Cameron Meyer Women’s pole vault
Alysha Newman** London, Ont. Bolton Pole Vault Doug Wood Women’s pole vault
Nicole Oudenaarden St. Albert, Alta. University of Calgary Athletics Club Les Gramantik Women’s heptathlon
Brendon Rodney Brampton, Ont. HEAT Athletics Simon Hodnett Men’s 4 x 100-metre relay
Nina Schultz New Westminster, B.C. New West Spartans Track and Field Club Cliff Rovelto Women’s heptathlon
Gavin Smellie Brampton, Ont. Flying Angels Desai Williams Men’s 4 x 100-metre relay
Gabriela Stafford Toronto University of Toronto Track and Field Club Terry Radchenko Women’s 1500-metres
Taylor Stewart London, Ont. London Western Vickie Croley Men’s decathlon
Taryn Suttie Hanley, Sask. Unattached Justin Rodhe Women’s shot put
Deryk Theodore Edmonton Edmonton International Track Club Mark Cocks Men’s pole vault
Benjamin Thorne Kitimat, B.C. Racewalk West Gerald Dragomir Men’s 20 km race walk
Alyxandria Treasure Prince George, B.C. Prince George Track & Field Club Cliff Rovelto Women’s high jump
Damian Warner** London, Ont. London Western Les Gramantik Men’s decathlon
Sage Watson Medicine Hat, Alta. Unattached Fredrick Harvey Women’s 400-metre hurdles
Jillian Weir Kingston, Ont. Unattached Zeb Sion Women’s hammer throw
Angela Whyte** Edmonton APEX Athletics Club Jeff Huntoon Women’s heptathlon
Natasha Wodak North Vancouver, B.C. Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club Lynn Kanuka Women’s 10,000-metres
Para-Athletics
Name Hometown Club affiliation Coach Event(s)
David Bambrick Wolfville, N.S. Launchers Athletics Steve Wohlmuth Men’s shot put F37
Alexandre Dupont** Clarenceville, Que. Club d’Athlétisme Saint-Laurent Sélect Rick Reelie Men’s 1500-metre T54
Men’s marathon T54
Jessica Frotten Whitehorse Cyclones Road and Track Club Rick Reelie Women’s 1500-metres T54
Adam Johnson Toronto I Be Fast Track Club Craig Blackman Guide
George Quarcoo Scarborough, Ont. I Be Fast Track Club Craig Blackman Men’s 100-metres T12
Diane Roy** Sherbrooke, Que. Club Athlétisme de Sherbrooke Jean Laroche Women’s marathon T54
Women’s 1500-metres T54
Tristan Smyth Maple Ridge, B.C. BC Wheelchair Sports Jenn Schutz Men’s 1500-metres T54
Kevin Strybosch London, Ont. London Western John Allan Men’s shot put F37
Kyle Whitehouse St. Catharines, Ont. Niagara Regional Athletics Sue Bartol Men’s 100-metres T38
Staff
Name Hometown Role
Glenroy Gilbert Ottawa Head coach
Simon Nathan Ottawa Team leader
Jared MacLeod Winnipeg Team manager
Jessica Scarlato Richmond Hill, Ont. Team manager
Ingrid Ruys Sherwood Park, Alta. Team manager – out of village
Charles Allen Toronto Team coach
Dave Scott-Thomas Guelph Team coach
Doug Wood London, Ont. Team coach
Jeff Huntoon Toronto Team coach
Richard Parkinson Stouffville, Ont. Team coach
Larry Steinke Lethbridge, Alta. Team coach
Les Gramantik Calgary Team coach
Rick Reelie Saskatoon Team coach
Dr. Padraig McCluskey Victoria Team physician
Andrea Stephen Toronto Team physiotherapist
Dr. John Vargo Sarnia, Ont. Team chiropractor
Danielle Chow-Leong Toronto Team massage therapist
Eric Corda Sarnia, Ont. Team massage therapist
Dr. Penny Werthner Calgary Team mental performance
Dana Way Winnipeg Beach, Man. Team biomechanist
Amanda Nigh Uxbridge, Ont. Media attaché

*Member of the 2014 Commonwealth Games team
**Denotes a podium finish in 2014

Please note all nominations are subject to the approval of Commonwealth Games Canada and pending any successful appeals during the seven-day period following the unofficial team announcement.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place April 4-15 in Gold Coast, Australia, and will feature more than 4,000 athletes from 70 different countries. The entire Canadian team will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games Canada in March.

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