On paper, Bolade Ajomale wasn’t supposed to make the 100m final at the 2016 Canadian Championships. But that’s why the races are actually run. He achieved a personal best 10.15 seconds in the preliminaries, which put him under the Olympic entry standard for the 100m
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.
As a young gymnast, Alysha Newman aspired to represent Canada, however an injury forced her to take a year away from sport and retire from gymnastics.
Mathieu Bilodeau first represented Canada internationally as a triathlete, competing at a Pan American Cup event in 2003. He made his only ITU World Cup appearance in 2006 before competing in the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in 2013.
At the 2018 World Championships, Shallon Olsen captured silver in the vault for Canada’s best ever result in the event. She matched teammate Ana Padurariu’s silver on beam for the country’s top finish by a woman in an individual apparatus.
Andréanne Langlois first represented Canada as a 16-year-old at the 2009 ICF Junior World Championships. She returned to the world juniors in 2011, making the A final of the K-1 200m, before moving up to the U23 level, where she competed at three straight world championships from 2013 to 2015.
Javier Acevedo broke onto the senior international scene at Rio 2016 as the youngest male member of Canada’s swimming team….
Mark Pearson has more than 260 senior national team caps since making his debut in 2005. At just 21-years-old, he was the youngest member of the Canadian field hockey team at Beijing 2008.
Coming back after missing almost an entire year of racing due to plantar fasciitis and peroneal tendonitis, Natasha Wodak enjoyed a career year in 2015.
Sage Watson made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where she advanced to the semifinals of the 400m hurdles and anchored Canada to a fourth-place finish in the 4x400m relay.
With a high fitness level thanks to her dance background, Jessica O’Connell stood on the podium at her first ever junior nationals. She had always been infatuated by the Olympic Games, so those results made her realize that with a little hard work, competing for Team Canada was possible.
When Christabel Nettey was a young track and field athlete, she would watch the Olympic Games or other high profile events on TV and dream of being the person out there competing for Canada while the world watched.
Geneviève Lalonde broke her own Canadian record in the 3000m steeplechase on May 19, 2019, running 9:29:82 at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai. Lalonde’s breakout season had come in 2015 when she won steeplechase bronze at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and made her IAAF World Championship debut in Beijing.
Khamica Bingham made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where she anchored the 4x100m relay team to a sixth place finish, in what was Canada’s first Olympic final in the event since Los Angeles 1984.
Kelsie Ahbe made the decision to represent Canada, her father’s homeland, because she wanted to play a part in inspiring the next generation of Canadian athletes.
Tim Nedow made his international debut at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships where he won bronze in shot put. He went on to compete at the 2011 and 2013 Summer Universiades before making his first appearance at a senior global event, the 2013 IAAF World Championships.
Brendon Rodney made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where he ran the third leg of the 4x100m relay that broke a 20-year-old national record to win bronze. He also competed in the 200m after winning the event at the 2016 Canadian championships.
Evan Dunfee placed a Canadian best-ever fourth in the 50km race walk at Rio 2016 when he set a Canadian record time of 3:41:38.
Johnathan Cabral has been dreaming of competing in the Olympic Games since he was four and first learned and saw what they were all about. In his Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Cabral surprised many by advancing to the 110m hurdles final where he finished sixth.
Gordon Johnston has more than 160 senior national caps since making his debut in 2011. He then competed with both the junior and senior national teams, helping Canada win silver at the 2012 Junior Pan American Championship before competing at the 2013 FIH Junior World Cup.