Liz Gleadle surprised many in her Olympic debut at London 2012 when she became the first Canadian woman to qualify for an Olympic javelin final since 1968. She was also Canada’s first female Olympian in javelin since 1988. But she had her true breakout season in 2014, after having missed all of 2013 with a back injury. She broke her Canadian record twice, finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, won bronze at the IAAF Continental Cup, and won gold at the Birmingham Grand Prix Diamond League event, competing against an elite international field. She improved her Canadian record to 64.83m in May 2015. Gleadle has won four Canadian titles (2008, 2009, 2012, 2014). She competed at the 2005 IAAF World Youth Championships just one year after deciding to focus on track and field.
Family: Parents Dan and Sonia Gleadle… Getting into the Sport: Threw her first javelin in her grade 8 gym class… Was invited to try out for the track team when she was the only one who didn’t flip it or hit herself in the back of the head… Decided to focus on track and field in 2004… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2014 with a degree in Kinesiology… Enjoys reading, yoga, and cooking (while trying to not burn the house down)… During her one month off a year enjoys travelling and playing different sports… Odds and Ends: Favourite otto: “Keep your feet on the ground and your eyes on the stars”…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
OG: 2012 – 12th (javelin)
CWG: 2014 – 5th (javelin)
IAAF WCh (junior): 2006 – 12th (javelin)
IAAF WCh (youth): 2005 – 5th (javelin)
IAAF Continental Cup: 2014 – BRONZE (javelin)