Biography:

Brittany Crew has dreamed of competing for Canada since she was seven. At first she wanted to play for the Canadian women’s soccer team but shifted her dreams after being encouraged to try shot put in high school. Crew quickly excelled at the sport, reaching the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships where she just missed the cut for the final. In 2014 she competed at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in Kamloops, winning bronze. The following year, Crew won gold at the CIS Championships and bronze at the FISU Summer Universiade. While her 2015 season was impressive, Crew won gold again at the CIS Championships in 2016, this time setting a national university record with a throw of 16.96m. In April 2016, Crew, a CIS First Team All-Canadian, became York’s first back-to-back female athlete of the year award winner in 31 years. She broke the 18-metre mark for the first time in winning the 2016 Canadian title with a personal best throw of 18.06 metres. She made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, finishing ninth in her qualifying group.

Getting to Know…

Family: Parents Dennis Crew and Kimberley Campbell… Younger brother Luke McPhee… Getting into the Sport: As a 15-year-old in Grade 9, high school coach and Paralympian Shane Risto suggested she try shot put because she had the right body type and tools to be a great thrower; within six months of competing, she had qualified for the World Youth Championships… Outside Interests: Hobbies include playing guitar and song writing… During the off-season enjoys camping, playing at open mics and performing karaoke… In her third year of studying Kinesiology at York University… Odds and ends: Nickname: The Tank… Considers herself superstitious… Wears a good luck necklace – a four leaf clover that her grandmother gave her – during competitions… Tries to always watch a comedy the night before a competition… Music interests range from Ed Sheeran to Eminem… Collects post cards, key chains and mugs for her grandma during her travels… Considers fellow Canadian Taryn Suttie her greatest rival because of how close they have finished at competitions… Favourite quote: “A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”