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Athletics Canada nominates 40 athletes

CALGARY- Athletics Canada announced today the athletes who have been put forth to the Canadian Olympic Committee for nomination to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team.

Alex Gardiner, Athletics Olympic Games head coach said, “This is the largest Olympic team Athletics Canada has selected in recent history. The Trials in Calgary proved to be the crucible we wanted to test our readiness for London. Competition was fierce and results have strengthened our confidence that we can have four or five athletes challenge for the podium and another half dozen achieve a top 8 or finalist position.”

Gardiner adds, “Our professional approach to athlete preparation supported by our major partner Own the Podium is proving out. We have a world class team of coaches, scientists and medical experts keeping the team healthy and focused.”

“These athletes have earned their spots on the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team,” said 2012 Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Mark Tewksbury. “This group will make Canadians proud in London this summer.”

“Congratulations to all the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team nominees,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut. “Your hard work and commitment to excellence has paid off. I look forward to watching you competeand cheering you on in Londonin just a few weeks.”

2012 Canadian Olympic Team nominees

Name Event Hometown Personal Coach
Mohammed Ahmed 10,000m St. Catherines, ON Stuart Galloway
Dylan Armstrong Shot put Kamloops, BC Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Melissa Bishop 800m Eganville, ON Ray Elrick / Dennis Fairall
Mélanie Blouin Pole vault Quebec, QC Neil Martindale
Nathan Brannen 1,500m Cambridge, ON Wynn Gmitroski
Jared Connaughton 200m Charlottetown, PEI Monte Stratton
Reid Coolsaet Marathon Hamilton, ON Dave Scott-Thomas
Derek Drouin High jump Corunna, ON Joel Skinner
Crystal Emmanuel 200m Scarborough, ON Desai Williams
Sultana Frizell Hammer throw Perth, ON Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Alex Genest 3,000m steeplechase Lac-aux-Sables, QC Dave Scott-Thomas
Phylicia George 100m / 100m hurdles Markham, ON Anthony McCleary / Desai Williams
Eric Gillis Marathon Antigonish, NS Dave Scott-Thomas
Elizabeth Gleadle Javelin Vancouver, BC Larry Steinke
Inaki Gomez 20km race walk Vancouver, BC Gerry Dragomir
Geoff Harris 800m Halifax, NS Dan Hennigar
Akeem Haynes 4x100m Calgary, AB John Cannon
Nikkita Holder 100m hurdles Pickering, ON Desai Williams / Anthony McCleary
Julie Labonté Shot put Sainte-Justine, QC Craig Carter / Daniel Labonté
Cameron Levins 5,000m Black Creek, BC Eric Houle
Segun Makinde 4x100m Ottawa, ON Glenroy Gilbert
Jenna Martin 400m Bridgewater, NS Charles Scarrow
Michael Mason High jump Nanoose Bay, BC Ziggy Szelagowicz
Curtis Moss Javelin Burnaby, BC Tom Nielsen
Justin Rodhe Shot put Kamloops, BC Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Rachel Seaman 20km race walk Peterborough, ON Tim Seaman
Nicole Sifuentes 1,500m Winnipeg, MB Mike McGuire
Gavin Smellie 4x100m Etobicoke, ON Erik Jenkins
Jessica Smith 800m North Vancouver, BC Brit Townsend
Oluseyi Smith 4x100m Ottawa, ON Quin Sekulich
Heather Steacy Hammer throw Lethbridge, AB Larry Steinke
Jim Steacy Hammer throw Lethbridge, AB Larry Steinke
Hilary Stellingwerff 1,500m Sarnia, ON Dave Scott-Thomas
Brianne Theisen Heptathlon Humboldt, SK Harry Marra
Damian Warner Decathlon London, ON Gar Leyshon
Ian Warner 4x100m Markham, ON Nate Wiens
Justyn Warner 100m / 4x100m Markham, ON Desai Williams / Anthony McCleary
Sarah Wells 400m hurdles Unionville, ON David Hunt
Dylan Wykes Marathon Kingston, ON Richard Lee
Jessica Zelinka Heptathlon / 100m hurdles London, ON Les Gramantik

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Backgrounder

The following list represents the 217 athletes nominated to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team to date.

Athlete Hometown Sport Event(s)
1 Jennifer Abel Laval, Que. Diving Women’s 3m, 3m synchro
2 Mohammed Ahmed St. Catharines, Ont. Athletics 10,000m
3 Dylan Armstrong Kamloops, B.C. Athletics Shot put
4 Emily Batty Oshawa, Ont. Cycling Mountain Bike
5 Joe Bartoch London, Ont. Swimming 100m butterfly
6 Zach Bell Whitehorse, Y.T. Cycling Track
7 Meaghan Benfeito Montreal, Que. Diving Women’s 10m, 10m synchro
8 Gabe Bergen 100 Mile House, B.C. Rowing Men’s 8+
9 Melissa Bishop Eganville, Ont. Athletics 800m
10 Tyler Bjorn Montreal, Que. Sailing Men’s keelboat – star
11 Ellie Black Halifax, N.S. Gymnastics Artistic
12 Mélanie Blouin Quebec, Que. Athletics Pole vault
13 Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon Rivière-du-Loup, Que. Synchronized Swimming Duet, team
14 Michael Braithwaite Duncan, B.C. Rowing Men’s 2x
15 Nathan Brannen Cambridge, Ont Athletics 1,500m
16 Jeremiah Brown 100 Mile House, B.C. Rowing Men’s 8+
17 Alexandra Bruce Toronto, Ont. Badminton Women’s doubles
18 Ashley Brzozowicz London, Ont. Rowing Women’s 8+
19 Jason Burnett Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Trampoline
20 Andrew Byrnes Toronto, Ont. Rowing Men’s 8+
21 David Calder Victoria, B.C. Rowing Men’s 2-
22 Hilary Caldwell Surrey, B.C. Swimming 200m backstroke
23 Katrina Cameron Mississaugua, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
24 Gillian Carleton Scarborough, Ont. Cycling Track
25 Candice Chapman Ajax, Ont. Soccer Women’s soccer
26 Samantha Cheverton Pointe-Claire, Que. Swimming 200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay, 4x100m freestyle relay
27 Richard Clarke Toronto, Ont. Sailing Men’s keelboat – star
28 Ryan Cochrane Lac Beauport, Que. Canoe-Kayak K-2 1000m
29 Ryan Cochrane Victoria, B.C. Swimming 400m freestyle
30 Karen Cockburn Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Trampoline
31 Jared Connaughton Charlottetown, P.E.I. Athletics 200m
32 Gordon Cook Toronto, Ont. Sailing 49er
33 Reid Coolsaet Hamilton, Ont. Athletics Marathon
34 Rose Cossar Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
35 Amy Cotton Antigonish, N.S. Judo -78kg
36 François Coulombe-Fortier Quebec, Que. Taekwondo +80kg
37 Will Crothers Kingston, Ont. Rowing Men’s 8+
38 Douglas Csima Oakville, Ont. Rowing Men’s 8+
39 Mark de Jong Calgary, Alta. Canoe-Kayak K-1 200m men
40 William Dean Kelowna, B.C. Rowing Men’s 4-
41 Alexandre Despatie Laval, Que. Diving Men’s 3m, 3m synchro
42 Scott Dickens Burlington, Ont. Swimming 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke
43 Greg Douglas Toronto, Ont. Sailing Finn
44 Derek Drouin Corunna, Ont. Athletics High jump
45 Danielle Dube Halifax, N.S. Sailing Women’s laser radial
46 Stephanie Dubois Laval, Que. Tennis Women’s doubles
47 Stéphanie Durocher Repentigny, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
48 Alexandre Édmond Laval, Que. Judo -90kg
49 Crystal Emmanuel Scarborough, Ont. Athletics 200m
50 Jonelle Filigno Mississaugua, Ont. Soccer Women’s soccer
51 Roseline Filion Laval, Que. Diving Women’s 10m, 10m synchro
52 Paula Findlay Edmonton, Alta. Triathlon Women’s triathlon
53 Andrew Ford Guelph, Ont. Swimming 200m individual medley
54 Jo-Annie Fortin Montreal, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
55 Emilie Fournel Montreal, Que. Canoe-Kayak K-1 200m women
56 Hugues Fournel Pointe-Claire, Que. Canoe-Kayak K-2 1000m men
57 Charles Francis Cowansville, Que. Swimming 100m backstroke
58 Scott Frandsen Kelowna, B.C. Rowing Men’s 2-
59 Sultana Frizell Perth, Ont. Athletics Hammer throw
60 Nathan Gafuik Calgary, Alta. Gymnastics Artistic
61 Grace Gao Calgary, Alta. Badminton Mixed doubles
62 Robyn Gayle Mississaugua, Ont. Soccer Women’s soccer
63 Alex Genest Lac-aux-Sables, Que. Athletics 3,000m steeplechase
64 Phylicia George Markham, Ont. Athletics 100m / 100m hurdles
65 Robert Gibson Oakville, Ont. Rowing Men’s 8+
66 Eric Gillis Antigonish, N.S. Athletics Marathon
67 Nikola Girke West Vancouver, B.C. Sailing Women’s rs-x windsurfing
68 Jasmin Glaesser Coquitlam, B.C. Cycling Track
69 Elizabeth Gleadle Vancouver, B.C. Athletics Javelin
70 Inaki Gomez Vancouver, B.C. Athletics 20km race walk
71 Thomas Gossland Vancouver, B.C. Swimming 4x100m freestyle relay
72 Krista Guloien Port Moody, BC Rowing Women’s 8+
73 Janine Hanson Winnipeg, Man. Rowing Women’s 8+
74 Geoff Harris Halifax, N.S. Athletics 800m
75 Brent Hayden Vancouver, B.C. Swimming 50m freestyle,100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay
76 Akeem Haynes Calgary, Alta. Athletics 4x100m
77 Ryder Hesjedal Victoria, B.C. Cycling Road race, time trial
78 Émilie Heymans Brossard, Que. Diving Women’s 3m, 3m synchro
79 Pierre-Luc Hinse Gatineau, Que. Table Tennis Men’s singles, team
80 Andre Ho Richmond, B.C. Table Tennis Men’s singles, team
81 Nikkita Holder Pickering, Ont. Athletics 100m hurdles
82 Stephanie Horner Beaconsfield, Que. Swimming 400m individual medley
83 Richard Hortness Medicine Hat, Alta. Swimming 4x100m freestyle relay
84 Malcolm Howard Victoria, B.C. Rowing Men’s 8+
85 Clara Hughes Winnipeg, Man. Cycling Road race, time trial
86 Francois Imbeau-Dulac St-Lazarre, Que. Diving Men’s 3m
87 Anthony Jacob Vancouver, B.C. Rowing Men’s 4-
88 Barbara Jardin Montreal, Que. Swimming 200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay
89 Morgan Jarvis Winnipeg, MB Rowing Lightweight Men’s 2x
90 Lindsay Jennerich Victoria, BC Rowing Lightweight Women’s 2x
91 Kyle Jones Oakville, Ont. Triathlon Men’s triathlon
92 Chloé Isaac Brossard, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
93 Geoff Kabush Comox, B.C. Cycling Mountain Bike
94 Savanah King Vancouver, B.C. Swimming 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle
95 Alexa Komarnycky Etobicoke, Ont. Swimming 800m freestyle
96 Kevin Kowalyk Winnipeg, MB Rowing Men’s 2x
97 Kaylyn Kyle Saskatoon, Sask. Soccer Women’s soccer
98 Julie Labonté Sainte-Justine, Que. Athletics Shot put
99 Audrey Lacroix Montreal, Que. Swimming 200m butterfly
100 Alexandra Landry Montreal, Que. Gymnastics Artistic
101 Karina LeBlanc Maple Ridge, B.C. Soccer Women’s soccer
102 Stéphanie Leclair Gatineau, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
103 Mike Leigh Nanaimo, B.C. Sailing 470
104 Cameron Levins Black Creek, B.C. Athletics 5,000m
105 Michelle Li Markham, Ont. Badminton Women’s singles and doubles
106 Tracy Little Pointe-Claire, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
107 Hunter Lowden North Vancouver, B.C. Sailing 49er
108 Brittany MacLean Etobicoke, Ont. Swimming 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay
109 Heather MacLean Etobicoke, Ont. Swimming 4x100m freestyle relay
110 Rosie MacLennan Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Trampoline
111 Segun Makinde Ottawa, Ont. Athletics 4x100m
112 Élise Marcotte L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que. Synchronized Swimming Duet, team
113 Darcy Marquardt Richmond, BC Rowing Women’s 8+
114 Jenna Martin Bridgewater, N.S. Athletics 400m
115 Natalie Mastracci Thorold, Ont. Rowing Women’s 8+
116 Michael Mason Nanoose Bay, B.C. Athletics High jump
117 Diana Matheson Oakville, Ont. Soccer Women’s soccer
118 Conlin McCabe Brockville, ON Rowing Men’s 8+
119 Martha McCabe Toronto, Ont. Swimming 200m breaststroke
120 Erin McLeod Edmonton, Alta. Soccer Women’s soccer
121 Melanie McCann Parkhill, Ont. Modern Pentathlon Women’s singles
122 Jason McCoombs Halifax, N.S. Canoe-Kayak C-1 200m men
123 Riley McCormick Victoria, B.C. Diving Men’s 10m
124 Brent McMahon Victoria, B.C. Triathlon Men’s triathlon
125 Sasha Mehmedovic Montreal, Que. Judo -66kg
126 Joliane Melançon Laval, Que. Judo -57kg
127 Sébastien Michaud Quebec, Que. Taekwondo 80kg
128 Victoria Moors Surrey, BC Gymnastics Artistic
129 Andreanne Morin Montreal, QC Rowing Women’s 8+
130 Erica Morningstar Calgary, Alta. Swimming 200m individual medley
131 Carmelina Moscato Mississaugua, Ont. Soccer Women’s Soccer
132 Curtis Moss Burnaby, B.C. Athletics Javelin
133 Anastasiya Muntyanu Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
134 Daniel Nestor Toronto, Ont. Tennis Men’s doubles
135 Tobias Ng Vancouver, B.C. Badminton Mixed doubles
136 Joelle Numainville Montreal, Que. Cycling Road race
137 Cristy Nurse Georgetown, Ont. Rowing Women’s 8+
138 Patricia Obee Victoria, B.C. Rowing Lightweight Women’s 2x
139 Derek O’Farrell Montreal, Que. Rowing Men’s 4-
140 Mark Oldershaw Burlington, Ont. Canoe-Kayak C-1 1000m men
141 Tobias Oriwol Toronto, Ont. Swimming 200m backstroke
142 Alec Page Victoria, B.C. Swimming 400m individual medley
143 Kelly Parker Saskatoon, Sask. Soccer Women’s soccer
144 Dominique Pegg Sarnia, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
145 Catharine Pendrel Fredericton, N.B. Cycling Mountain Bike
146 Sergio Pessoa Brossard, Que. Judo -60kg
147 Max Plaxton Tofino, B.C. Cycling Mountain Bike
148 Victoria Poon Montreal, Que. Swimming 50m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay
149 Vasek Pospisil Vancouver, B.C. Tennis Men’s singles, men’s doubles
150 Zachary Plavsic Vancouver, B.C. Sailing Men’s rs-x windsurfing
151 Brian Price Belleville, Ont. Rowing Men’s 8+
152 Luke Ramsay Vancouver, B.C. Sailing 470
153 Denise Ramsden Hay River, N.W.T. Cycling Road race, time trial
154 Milos Raonic Thornhill, Ont. Tennis Men’s singles
155 Amanda Reason Windsor, Ont. Swimming 4x200m freestyle relay
156 Anjelika Reznik Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
157 Justin Rodhe Kamloops, B.C. Athletics Shot put
158 Brittany Rogers New Westminster, B.C. Gymnastics Artistic
159 Reuben Ross St. Leonard, Que. Diving Men’s 3m synchro
160 Colin Russell Burlington, Ont. Swimming 4x100m freestyle relay
161 Sinead Russell Burlington, Ont. Swimming 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke
162 Katerine Savard Quebec, Que. Swimming 100m butterfly
163 Sophie Schmidt Abbotsford, B.C. Soccer Women’s soccer
164 Desiree Scott Winnipeg, Man. Soccer Women’s Soccer
165 Rachel Seaman Peterborough, Ont. Athletics 20km race walk
166 Eric Sehn Edmonton, Alta. Diving Men’s 10m
167 Karine Sergerie Sainte-Catherine, Que. Taekwondo 67kg
168 Lauren Sesselmann Stephenville, Newf. Soccer Women’s Soccer
169 David Sharpe Halifax, N.S. Swimming 200m butterfly
170 Nicole Sifuentes Winnipeg, Man. Athletics 1,500m
171 Christine Sinclair Burnaby, B.C. Soccer Women’s soccer
172 Gavin Smellie Etobicoke, ON Athletics 4x100m
173 Jessica Smith North Vancouver, B.C. Athletics 800m
174 Oluseyi Smith Ottawa, Ont. Athletics 4x100m
175 Heather Steacy Lethbridge, Alta. Athletics Hammer throw
176 Jim Steacy Lethbridge, Alta. Athletics Hammer throw
177 Hilary Stellingwerff Sarnia, Ont. Athletics 1,500m
178 Chelsea Stewart The Pas, Man. Soccer Women’s soccer
179 Monique Sullivan Calgary, Alta. Cycling Track
180 Melissa Tancredi Ancaster, Ont. Soccer Women’s soccer
181 Michael Tayler Calgary, Alta. Canoe-Kayak K-1 slalom
182 Brianne Theisen Humboldt, Sask. Athletics Heptathlon
183 Karine Thomas Gatineau, Que. Synchronized  Swimming Team
184 Lesley Thompson-Willie London, Ont. Rowing Women’s 8+
185 Brittany Timko Coquitlam, B.C. Soccer Women’s soccer
186 Kelsey Titmarsh North York, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
187 Kathy Tremblay Montreal, Que. Triathlon Women’s triathlon
188 Nick Tritton Guelph, Ont. Judo -66kg
189 Jillian Tyler Calgary, Alta. Swimming 100m breaststroke
190 Donna Vakalis Toronto, Ont. Modern Pentathlon Women’s singles
191 Antoine Valois-Fortier Vanier, Que. Judo -81kg
192 Tera Van Beilen Oakville, Ont. Swimming 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke
193 Douglas Vandor Dewittville, QC Rowing Lightweight Men’s 2x
194 Adam van Koeverden Toronto, Ont. Canoe-Kayak K-1 1000m men
195 Kristina Vaculik Toronto, Ont. Gymnastics Artistic
196 Joseph Veloce St. Catharines, Ont. Cycling Track
197 Rachelle Viinberg Regina, Sask. Rowing Women’s 8+
198 Eugene Wang Ottawa, Ont. Table Tennis Men’s singles
199 Damian Warner London, Ont. Athletics Decathlon
200 Ian Warner Markham, Ont. Athletics 4x100m
201 Justyn Warner Markham, Ont. Athletics 100m / 4x100m
202 Sarah Wells Unionville, Ont. Athletics 400m hurdles
203 Valérie Welsh Saint-Nicolas, Que. Synchronized Swimming Team
204 Simon Whitfield Victoria, B.C. Triathlon Men’s triathlon
205 Tara Whitten Toronto, Ont. Cycling Track
206 Julia Wilkinson Stratford, Ont. Swimming 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay and 200m individual medley
207 Lauren Wilkinson North Vancouver, B.C. Rowing Women’s 8+
208 Michael Wilkinson North Vancouver, B.C. Rowing Men’s 4-
209 Rhian Wilkinson Baie d’Urfé, Que. Soccer Women’s soccer
210 Blake Worsley Victoria, B.C. Swimming 200m freestyle
211 Aleksandra Wozniak Blainville, Que. Tennis Women’s singles, women’s doubles
212 David Wright Montreal, Que. Sailing Men’s laser
213 Dylan Wykes Kingston, Ont. Athletics Marathon
214 Jessica Zelinka London, Ont. Athletics Heptathlon / 100m hurdles
215 Mo Zhang Ottawa, Ont. Table Tennis Women’s singles
216 Kelita Zupancic Whitby, Ont. Judo -70kg
217 Emily Zurrer Crofton, Ont. Soccer Women’s soccer

 

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