Rio 2016: Gabriela Stafford

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford


In her first time racing as a senior at the Canadian championships, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford won the 1500m national title in 2016, just a month after running a personal best 4:06.53 to go under the Olympic entry standard for Rio where she made her Olympic debut. As the Canadian junior silver medallist in the 1500m, Stafford competed at the 2013 Junior Pan American Championships. She also competed at that year’s world junior cross country championships. In 2014 Stafford won the junior national title in the 3000m and broke into the top-10 at the IAAF World Junior Championships. While representing the University of Toronto, Stafford finished second in the 1000m and third in the 1500m at the 2015 CIS Championships. She went on to win silver in the 1500m at the 2015 World University Games. In 2016 she won the CIS titles in both distances, earning outstanding female athlete of the meet honours, as the U of T women won the national banner.

Getting to Know…

Family: Father James was a member of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues cross country team and competed at four world championships… Mother Maria Luisa Gardner… Aunt Sara Gardner was also a member of the Varsity Blues and competed at the 1992 cross country world championships… Siblings Lucia and Nicholas… Getting into the Sport: Started running competitively in grade 4 when her school had cross country team tryouts… Outside Interests: Studying Psychology at the University of Toronto… Volunteer musician at the Belmont House retirement home… Odds and Ends: Nickname: G…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2016 RioAthletics1500m - Women9th in Heat

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 - 9th in Heat (1500m)

IAAF World Championships (indoors): 2016 – 12th (1500m)

IAAF World Championships (junior): 2014 – 9th (3000m)

IAAF World Championships (cross country): 2013 – 75th (junior race)

Universiade: 2015 – SILVER (1500m)