Athletics Canada selects athletes to represent Canada at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships

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Brent Lakatos (Canada) wins the 200m T53 final at the 2017 London World Para Athletics Championships

Athletics Canada announced today the 28 athletes who have been selected to represent Canada at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships. The meet will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 7-15, 2019.

The biannual event is being held at the Dubai Club for People with Determination – a non-profit organisation formed in 1993, known for hosting a wide variety of events, both sporting and non-sporting, for members with physical and mental impairments.

The team is comprised of 15 men and 13 women, with 13 athletes returning from the 2017 World Championships team that finished 15th among competing nations at the event in London, England. Two years ago, Canada won 9 medals (4 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze) and earned 38 top 8 finishes.

“Diversity is the word that comes to mind,” said Carla Nicholls, Athletics Canada’s Para Performance Lead. “We have a great mix of veterans and rookies, men and women, with multiple sport classification entries – all who will be competing for a spot on the podium.”

Team veterans include Brent Lakatos, who has had an exceptional 2019 season once again breaking several world records. Guillaume Ouellet is back after an early-season injury. He showed that he is ready to take on the world after his gold medal performance at ParaPan American Games and being ranked number one in the world. Liam Stanley is also ready to perform after coming home with two ParaPan American Games medals. Other veterans to watch for are Austin Smeenk, who has had an outstanding 2019 competition season and has climbed the world rankings to top 2 in the world, and Marissa Papaconstantinou who is currently ranked top 4 in the world and has spent the season breaking her own Canadian records several times as she prepares for the World Championships.

“This team will face some real challenges in Dubai, such as heat, time change, and length of travel,” Nicholls said. “The toughest challenge may be to prepare our athletes to perform so late in the season. Our coaches have been working together to ensure that our athletes will overcome these challenges and focus strictly on their performances when it counts.”

Team rookies team will also look to electrify the Dubai crowd  with world record holder and ParaPan American Games gold medallist Nathan Riech currently training at high altitude to prepare for the World Championships. Greg Stewart also had a medal performance at Lima 2019 and is gearing up stay on the top of the world rankings. Sarah Mickey just missed the podium at the ParaPan Am Games in her first season of international competition and has also had an exceptional season setting Canadian records and will be prepared to perform when it counts in Dubai.

“Our team objectives are clear: medals, top 8 finishes, personal bests, and season bests,” Nicholls said. “We are heading to Dubai with 18 athletes ranked in the top 8 in the world, which is very promising for this diverse group of amazing athletes.”

 

Team Canada at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships:

 Athletes

Name Primary Event Personal Coach Hometown Club Affiliation
Jennifer Brown F38 Discus Kim Cousins Calgary, AB CALTAF
Josh Cassidy T54 5000m Amanda Fader Port Elgin, ON Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club
Alexandre Dupont T54 1500m Rick Reelie Clarenceville, QC Saint-Laurent Sélect
Ilana Dupont T53 400m Rick Reelie Saskatoon, SK Saint-Laurent Sélect
Josh Farrell F20 Shot Put Dylan Armstrong Port Elgin, ON Saugeen Track and Field Club
Eva Fejes   Sport Assistant (Ness Murby) Vancouver, BC  
Renee Foessel F38 Discus Ken Hall Orangeville, ON Cruisers Sports
Jessica Frotten T53 400m Rick Reelie Whitehorse, YT Cyclones Athletics
Zachary Gingras T38 400m Craig Blackman / Heather Hennigar Markham, ON I Be Fast Track Club
Martha Gustafson F52 Discus Ken Hall Toronto, ON Cruisers Sports
Austin Ingram T13 100m Julie Crouzat Petawawa, ON Les Coureurs de Bois
Brent Lakatos T53 400m Arno Mull Dorval, QC Parasports Québec
Lee Leclerc T34 800m Richard Tetreault Saint-Paul, QC Saint-Laurent Sélect
Ljiljana Ljubisic F11 Discus Liudys Masso Beliser Coquitlam, BC BC Blind Sports
Guillaume Ouellet T13 5000m Félix-Antoine Lapointe Victoriaville, QC C. A. Université Laval
Liudys Masso Beliser   Sport Assistant (Ljiljana Ljubisic) Coquitlam, BC  
Alister McQueen F64 Javelin Kim Cousins Calgary, AB CALTAF
Sarah Mickey F55 Discus Kim Cousins Medicine Hat, AB CALTAF
Ness Murby F11 Discus   Vancouver, BC Unattached BC
Thomas Normandeau T47 400m Heather Hennigar Peace River, AB Unattached BC
Marissa Papaconstantinou T64 100m Bob Westman Toronto, ON University of Toronto Track Club
Nathan Riech T38 1500m Heather Hennigar Victoria, BC Vic City Elite
Diane Roy T54 5000m Jean Laroche Sherbrooke, QC Sherbrooke
Amanda Rummery T46 400m Maegan Ciesielski Sherwood Park, AB Green and Gold Track and Field Club

 

Austin Smeenk T34 800m Lisa Myers / Rick Reelie Oakville, ON Cruisers Sports
Liam Stanley T37 1500m Bruce Deacon Victoria, BC Prairie Inn Harriers
Greg Stewart F46 Shot Put Dylan Armstrong Victoria, BC Kamloops Track & Field
Kevin Strybosch F37 Discus John Allan London, ON London Western Track & Field Club
Amy Watt T47 Long Jump Ryan Sanders Calgary, AB Unattached AB
Madison Wilson-Walker T62 Long Jump Derrick Johnston Avon, ON London Western Track & Field Club

 

 

 

Team Staff

Name Role Hometown      
Carla Nicholls Head Coach Regina, SK      
Simon Nathan Team Lead Ottawa, ON    
Kim Cousins Team Coach Calgary, ON      
Bruce Deacon Team Coach Victoria, BC      
Ken Hall Team Coach, Equipment Manager Brampton, ON      
Ingrid Ruys Team Coach Sherwood Park, AB      
Lisa Myers Team Coach Brampton, ON      
Rick Reelie Team Coach Saskatoon, SK      
Dr. Duriell Bernard Team Chiropractor Vancouver, BC      
Nathan Garrison Team Massage Therapist Victoria, BC      
Dr. Sari Kraft Team Physician Toronto, ON      
Lindsay Musalem Team Biomechanist Toronto, ON      
Sandeep Nandhra Team Athletic Therapist Victoria, BC      
Patricia Roney IST Lead/Team Physiotherapist Victoria, BC      
Kristine Deacon Team Manager Cambridge, ON      
Sarah Black Assistant Team Manager Victoria, BC