Biography:

James Steacy is one of the top hammer throwers in Canadian history. A two-time Olympian, in his debut at Beijing 2008 he became the first Canadian to make an Olympic hammer throw final in 84 years. He had set the Canadian record at 79.13m in May 2008. Both results came after an eventful 2007 in which he had missed the final at the IAAF World Championships by one spot, but won the gold medal at the Pan Am Games in Rio. Steacy is a two-time Commonwealth Games medallist, winning gold at Glasgow 2014 after taking silver at Melbourne 2006. He has dominated the Canadian Championships, winning every hammer throw national title from 2004 to 2014, except 2010 when he was injured.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents: Graham and Debby… Younger brother Sean… Younger sister Heather is a 2012 Olympian and 2015 Pan Am Games team member in hammer throw… Sister-in-law Ashley is a member of the 2015 Pan Am Games rugby sevens team… Wife Brittany… Getting into the Sport: Started throwing hammer at age 16 and was instantly hooked… Continually motivated by the challenge of finding the “perfect throw” in a highly technical event… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading, collecting hockey cards, playing with his dogs… Earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Lethbridge in 2009… Works in Facility Operations at the University of Lethbridge… Odds and Ends: His good luck charm is a chain with a pendant of his family crest from his wife… Always puts his left throwing shoe on first… Favourite motto: Ad Astra Per Aspera (a rough road leads to the stars)… Always travels with a small stuffed toy from his wife… Collects shot glasses during his travels…