For immediate release Athletics Canada Team Nominated for Rio 2016 Sixty-five track and field athletes chosen to represent Canada TORONTO (July 11, 2016) – On Monday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Athletics Canada named the 65 athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in athletics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21. Some of the athletes selected include: Shawn Barber (pole vault, 2015 World Champion) and Derek Drouin (high jump, 2015 World Champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist) as well as 2015 IAAF World Championship individual medallists Andre De Grasse (sprints), Brianne Theisen-Eaton (heptathlon), Benjamin Thorne (race walk) and Damian Warner (decathlon). The team is led by Head Coach and Chief Technical Officer, Peter Eriksson.
The athletes earned their spots at the Canadian Championships and Selection Trials which took place July 7-10 at Foote Field in Edmonton, Alberta. All athletics competitions will be held at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhão), except for the marathons which will take place in the area of Sambódromo and race walking events in Pontal. At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of approximately 315 athletes.
QUOTES “This is the strongest and most well-rounded team I have ever been a part of. The team counts multiple world medallists and a talented roster who will challenge for the podium on the track, and in the field. My teammates and I are ready to compete for Canada in Rio.” Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Rio 2016 athlete “Following a very competitive Trials in Edmonton, we have nominated a versatile and focused group of athletes who will be ready to perform on-demand in Rio. The team is comprised of veterans who have already experienced international success, and up-and-coming athletes who are ready to take the next step.” Peter Eriksson, Head Coach, Athletics Canada “The recent results of these nominees is very good reason for Canada to be excited about track and field. This group continues to grow and I’m excited to see what they will bring to Rio. I wish all of you the absolute best in your final preparations as you set your sights for success.” Curt Harnett, Rio 2016 Team Canada Chef de Mission “As excitement grows for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, I know our track and field athletes are ready to make an extra effort to push for the podium against the world’s best. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I commend the work done by Athletics Canada to prepare our athletes named today to Team Canada. We’re all behind you.” The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities The athletics team that will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes: Athletes: First Last Hometown Event Kelsie Ahbe Toronto, ON Pole Vault Mohammed Ahmed St. Catharines, ON 5000m, 10,000m Mobolade Ajomale Richmond Hill, ON 4x100m Relay Shawn Barber Toronto, ON Pole Vault Maria Bernard Calgary, AB 3000m Steeplechase Mathieu Bilodeau Calgary, AB 50km Race Walk Khamica Bingham Brampton, ON 4x100m Relay Melissa Bishop Eganville, ON 800m Nathan Brannen Cambridge, ON 1500m Lucas Bruchet Vancouver, BC 5000m Aaron Brown Toronto, ON 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay Alicia Brown Ottawa, ON 400m, 4x400m Relay Johnathan Cabral Péribonka, QC 110m Hurdles Chanice Chase Toronto, ON 400m Hurdles, 4x400m Relay Kendra Clarke Edmonton, AB 400m, 4x400m Relay Reid Coolsaet Hamilton, ON Marathon Brittany Crew East York, ON Shot Put Andre De Grasse Markham, ON 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay Derek Drouin Corunna, ON High Jump Krista DuChene Brantford, ON Marathon Evan Dunfee Richmond, BC 20km & 50km Race Walk Crystal Emmanuel East York, ON 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay Phylicia George Markham, ON 100m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay Eric Gillis Antigonish, NS Marathon Elizabeth Gleadle Vancouver, BC Javelin Inaki Gomez Vancouver, BC 20km Racewalk Akeem Haynes Calgary, AB 100m, 4x100m Relay Nikkita Holder Pickering, ON 100m Hurdles Matthew Hughes Oshawa, ON 3000m Steeplechase Kimberly Hyacinthe Terrebonne, QC 200m, 4x100m Relay Farah Jacques Gatineau, QC 4x100m Relay Sekou Kaba Ottawa, ON 110m Hurdles Marissa Kurtimah Guelph, ON 4x100m Relay Genevieve Lalonde Moncton, NB 3000m Steeplechase Oluwasegun Makinde Ottawa, ON 4x100m Relay Lanni Marchant London, ON 10,000m, Marathon Mike Mason Nanoose Bay, BC High Jump Brandon McBride Windsor, ON 800m Taylor Milne Callander, ON 3000m Steeplechase Noelle Montcalm Belle River, ON 400m Hurdles Carline Muir Edmonton, AB 400m, 4x400m Relay Tim Nedow Brockville, ON Shot Put Christabel Nettey Surrey, BC Long Jump Annika Newell Scarborough, ON Pole Vault Alysha Newman London, ON Pole Vault Jessica O'Connell Calgary, AB 5000m Charles Philibert-Thiboutot Quebec City, QC 1500m Micha Powell Montreal,QC 4x400m Relay Brendon Rodney Brampton, ON 200m, 4x100m Relay Anthony Romaniw Hamilton, ON 800m Andrea Seccafien Guelph, ON 5000m Nicole Sifuentes Winnipeg, MB 1500m Gabriela Stafford Toronto, ON 1500m Heather Steacy Lethbridge, AB Hammer Throw Hilary Stellingwerff Victoria, BC 1500m Taryn Suttie Hanley, SK Shot Put Erin Teschuk Winnipeg, MB 3000m Steeplechase Brianne Theisen-Eaton Humboldt, SK Heptathlon Benjamin Thorne Kitimat, BC 20km Race Walk Alyxandria Treasure Prince George, BC High Jump Damian Warner London, ON Decathlon Sage Watson Medicine Hat, AB 400m Hurdles, 4x400m Relay Angela Whyte Edmonton, AB 100m Hurdles Chris Winter North Vancouver, BC 3000m Steeplechase Natasha Wodak Vancouver, BC 10,000m