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50 athletes selected to represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games Canada

Posted 4 years ago

Olympic and World bronze medallist Derek Drouin, two time silver-medallist Brianne Theisen-Eaton and World bronze medallist Damian Warner among those named today

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada, the national governing body for track and field, cross country, road running and road racing, nominated a contingent of 50 athletes today to Commonwealth Games Canada. The 2014 Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow, Scotland July 23 to August 3 and will be the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish soil. Athletics competition at the Commonwealth Games will take place at Hampden Park Stadium July 27 through August 2.

Headlining Athletics Canada’s nominations is 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Championship bronze medallist Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont. This season Derek improved the Canadian record when he surpassed the 2.40-metres mark, one of only ten in history to have cleared that magical barrier. Two-time World Championship silver medallist Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboldt, Sask., is looking to add a Commonwealth Games title to her already impressive résumé. Damian Warner of London, Ont., is another one to keep a close eye on; he won bronze in the decathlon at the 2013 World Championships.

Head Coach Peter Eriksson on the squad, “I am very proud of the team selected. Our team objective is to surpass the results from the 2010 edition of the Games where we won 17 medals (7 gold, 2 silver and 8 bronze). In 2010, 84 percent of the team finished in the top eight. The team is a healthy mix of young blood and experienced athletes, they are focused on what it will take to get the job done.”

“I am very excited to see the athletics team compete in Glasgow, the sport that brought me so many memories throughout the years”, comments Chantal Petitclerc, Chef de mission for Team Canada. “As an athlete, the Commonwealth Games were one of my favourite competitions and I am looking forward to new memories supporting athletes from the other side of the track.” Chantal herself is a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the T54 800-metres from the 2002 and 2006 Games.

The team nominees includes seven medallists from past Commonwealth Games; Josh Cassidy, Sultana Frizell, Carline Muir, Diane Roy, James Steacy, Angela Whyte, and Jessica Zelinka.

“The competition on the track and in the field in Glasgow will generate a tremendous amount of excitement, and we look forward to our Canadian athletes being right in the mix”, said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “Congratulations to the members of this Athletics team who are primed and ready to continue the tradition of excellence at the Commonwealth Games.”

 Athletics Canada Commonwealth Games nominees:

Men

Name

Event

Hometown

Personal Coach

Mohammed Ahmed

10,000m

St. Catharines, ON

Mick Byrne/Sharon Stewart

Shawnacy Barber

Pole Vault

Toronto, ON

George Barber/Dennis Mitchell

Daundre Barnaby

4x400m Relay

Brampton, ON

Desai Williams/Anthony McCleary

Aaron Brown

100m

Toronto, ON

Caryl Smith Gilbert/Bill Stephens

Josh Cassidy

T54 – 1500m

Ottawa, ON

Amanda Fader

Jared Connaughton

4x100m Relay

New Haven, PEI

Monte Stratton

Andre De Grasse

200m

Markham, ON

Tony Sharpe

Derek Drouin

High Jump

Corunna, ON

Jeff Huntoon/Joel Skinner

Alexandre Dupont

T54 – 1500m

Bradwell, SK

Rick Reelie

Matthew Hughes

3,000m Steeple

Oshawa, ON

Wynn Gmitroski

Cameron Levins

10,000m

Black Creek, BC

Alberto Salazar

Oluwasegun Makinde

4x100m Relay

Ottawa, ON

Glenroy Gilbert

Michael Mason

High Jump

Abbotsford, BC

Zbigniew Szelagowicz

Brandon McBride

800m

Windsor, ON

Chris Scarrow

Taylor Milne

3,000m Steeple

Guelph, ON

Dave Scott-Thomas

Tim Nedow

Shot Put

Brockville, ON

Darrin Reesal/Anatoliy Bondarchuk

Philip Osei

4x400m Relay

Toronto, ON

Desai Williams/Anthony McCleary

Michael Robertson

4x400m Relay

Williamstown, ON

Glenroy Gilbert

Justin Rodhe

Shot Put

Kamloops, BC

 

Brendon Rodney

200m

Toronto, ON

Martin Douglas

Dontae Richards-Kwok

4x100m Relay

Toronto, ON

Desai Williams/Anthony McCleary

Gavin Smellie

200m

Etobicoke, ON

Desai Williams

James Steacy

Hammer Throw

Lethbridge, AB

Larry Steinke

Damian Warner

Decathlon

London, ON

Gar Leyshon/Vickie Croley

Chris Winter

3,000m Steeple

Vancouver, BC

Dave Scott-Thomas

 
Women

Name

Event

Hometown

Personal Coach

Karine Belleau-Béliveau

800m

Montreal, QC

Jean-Yves Cloutier

Khamica Bingham

100m

Caledon, ON

Desai Williams/Frank Bucca

Melissa Bishop

800m

Eganville, ON

Dennis Fairall

Shai-Anne Davis

200m

Richmond, BC

Desai Williams/Anthony McCleary

Fawn Dorr

4x400m Relay

Marten River, ON

Dr. Marco

Crystal Emmanuel

200m

East York, ON

Desai Williams

Sultana Frizell

Hammer Throw

Perth, ON

Derek Evely

Phylicia George

4x100m Relay

Markham, ON

Anthony McCleary

Elizabeth Gleadle

Javelin

Vancouver, BC

Larry Steinke

Kimberly Hyacinthe

200m

Lachenaie, QC

Desai Williams/Anthony McCleary

Julie Labonté

Shot Put

Ste-Justine, QC

Craig Carter/Daniel Labonté

Lanni Marchant

Marathon

London, ON

Dave Mills

Noelle Montcalm

400mH

Belle River, ON

Don Garrod

Carline Muir

4x400m Relay

Edmonton, ON

Lance Brauman

Christabel Nettey

Long Jump

Surrey, BC

Dan Pfaff

Alysha Newman

Pole Vault

Delaware, ON

Zdenek Krykorka/Jerel Langley

Jessica O’Connell

5,000m

Calgary, AB

Mike Van Tighem

Diane Roy

T54 – 1500m

Sherbrooke, QC

Jean Laroche

Nicole Sifuentes

1500m

Winnipeg, MB

Mike McGuire

Jessica Smith

800m

North Vancouver, BC

Brit Townsend

Chanice Taylor-Chase

400mH

Ajax, ON

Percival Marsh

Brianne Theisen-Eaton

Heptathlon

Humboldt, SK

Harry Marra

Kate Van Buskirk

1500m

Toronto, ON

Dave Reid

Angela Whyte

100mH

Edmonton, AB

Wayne Phipps

Jessica Zelinka

Heptathlon

London, ON

Cliff Rovelto

 

Even though they don’t have standard, Alicia Newman and James Steacy have been nominated to the team. Newman is currently ranked second in the Commonwealth in the women’s pole vault while Steacy is the top ranked hammer thrower in the Commonwealth. For more on the athletics team at the Commonwealth Games, including full selection process please click here.

A team of 265 athletes and close to 100 coaches and support staff will be in Glasgow, Canada’s largest Team ever fielded for a non-home Games.  The entire Canadian Team, as well as the team’s flag bearer, will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games Canada in July 2014.

ABOUT ATHLETICS CANADA

Athletics Canada is the national governing body for track and field, cross country, road running and road racing. Through collective leadership Athletics Canada drives growth in participation, enables sustainable international podium performances and provides a positive experience for all involved in athletics and para-athletics. 

ABOUT COMMONWEALTH GAMES CANADA

Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the international franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. Visit www.commonwealthgames.ca for information.
 
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For interview requests:

Emily Hooper
Coordinator, Marketing and Communications, Athletics Canada
Media Attaché, 2014 Commonwealth Games Canada 
(613) 260-5580 x.3332

For additional information on the Glasgow 2014 Canadian Team or CGC:

Sylvie Bigras

Communications Chief
Team Canada - Glasgow 2014
613 298 1625

sylvie@magma.ca

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