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OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today the 50 athletes who have been selected to represent Canada at the 2019 NACAC U18 / U23 Championships being held in Querétaro, Mexico, from July 5-7. The team, comprised of 25 U18 athletes (nine men and 16 women) and 25 U23 athletes (12 men and 13 women), will compete in 28 out of 49 events, including the 4×100-metre relay and mixed 4×400-metre relay, contested at the Championships.

This edition marks the 10th anniversary of the NACAC U23 Championships, which has featured Canadian athletes since the inaugural event in 2000, and will be the first for the U18 age category. Heading into the Championships, Canadian athletes hold five championships records (men’s 100m, 1500m, decathlon, 20,000m RW and the women’s 1500m) and have brought home 166 medals, 15 of which came in 2016 (four gold, two silver and nine bronze).

“At the IAAF U20 Championships last year, I doubted myself a little and it really hindered my performance,” said Khamal Stewart-Baynes who will compete in the men’s U23 400-metres. “To be on the podium at the NACAC Championships, I just need to have more confidence in my abilities. My goal is to run a personal best, and to bring home a medal for Canada.”

The NACAC Championships will be the first international competition for many of Canada’s U18 athletes, but they are poised and ready to take on athletes from across North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

“I’m looking forward to wearing Team Canada’s colours while competing in the sport I love,” said Jillian Catton who will compete in the women’s U18 100-metres and 200-metres. “It’s been a dream of mine to represent Canada and I’m excited to compete against some of the world’s best U18 athletes. Heading into the NACAC Championships, my goal is to achieve a personal best in the 100-metres and 200-metres, secure a place on the podium and to make a lot of new friends along the way.”

The 2019 NACAC U18/U23 Championships will feature athletes from 31 different countries across the NACAC region. Representing Canada will be:

U18 athletes
Name Event Personal Coach Hometown Club Affiliation
Krystalann Bechard Women’s 400m Kurt Downes Tecumseh, Ont. Border City Athletics Club
Catherina Blouin Women’s hammer throw Martine Blouin Montreal, Que. Kilomaitres de Lasalle
Zachary Bowness Men’s 400m Laura Silvers Prescott, Ont. Brockville Legion
Cassidy Cardle Women’s 5000m RW Robert Solmes Langley, B.C. Unattached
Jillian Catton Women’s 100m, 200m Frank Bucca Brampton, Ont. Brampton Track Club
Brianna Gayle Women’s 100m Randy Brookes Whitby, Ont. Gazelles Track Club
Dakota Goguen Men’s 3000m Derek Hackshaw Newmarket, Ont. Newmarket Huskies Track Club
Izzy Goudros Women’s 100mH George Goudros Toronto, Ont. Unattached
Aiden Grout Men’s high Jump Kevin Harrison Pitt Meadows, B.C. Langley Mustangs
Chase Haagensen Men’s 400m Jaritt Ptoleny Victoria, B.C. Unattached
Abdullahi Hassan Men’s 800m William Stephens Toronto, Ont. Phoenix Athletics Association
Hannah Heise Women’s 200m Walter David Spruce Grove, Alta. Edmonton Olympic Club
Cecilia Howes Women’s 2000m SC Scott Radley Winnipeg, Man. Winnipeg Optimist Athletics
Jardine Lam-Colling Women’s 1500m Ethan Davenport Toronto, Ont. University of Toronto Track Club
Matthew Larkin Men’s 800m Mark Harris Rosseau, Ont. Central Ontario Rogues
Kendra Lewis Women’s 1500m Besnik Mece Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Olympic Club
Olivia Lundman Women’s 5000m RW Linda Campbell Luntzville, BC Nanaimo Track and Field Club
Gage Marshall Men’s 200m Kurt Downes Windsor, Ont. Border City Athletics Club
Mahalia Mitchell Women’s triple jump Patrick Russell Brampton, Ont. The Speed Academy
Emma Pegg Women’s 800m Morpeth, ON Chris Scarrow Windsor Legion Track and Field Club
Angelina Shandro Women’s 400m Victoria, B.C. Dacre Bowen Victoria Speed Project
Katelyn Stewart-Barnett Women’s 2000m SC Sean Dixon New Westminster, B.C. Royal City Track and Field Club
Dylan Uhrich Men’s 2000m SC Besnik Mece Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Olympic Club
Liam Walsh Men’s 2000m SC Dave Grant Belleville, Ont. Quinte-Frontenac Track Club
Cassandra Williamson Women’s 800m Randy Brookes Ajax, Ont. Durham Gazelles
U23 athletes
Name Event Personal Coach Hometown Club Affiliation
Mariam Abdul-Rashid Women’s 100mH Edrick Floreal Oshawa, Ont. Speed Academy Athletics Club
Roan Allen Men’s javelin Laurier Primeau Ottawa, Ont. Unattached
Ashlan Best Women’s 200m Gabe Sanders Guelph, Ont. Speed River
Mark Bujnowski Men’s shot put Sylvia Kontra Mount Brydges, Ont. London Western Track and Field
Austin Cole Men’s 400m Rob Fisher Sherwood Park, Alta. Capital City
Kyra Constantine Women’s 400m Caryl Smith Gilbert Brampton, Ont. Project Athletics
Anastasios Eliopoulos Men’s 110mH Laurier Primeau Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Thunderbirds
Ehab El-Sandali Men’s 10,000m Joe Plenta Toronto, Ont. Toronto West Athletics
Luxon Glor Men’s 100m Ming Pu Wu Winnipeg, Man. Winnipeg Optimist
Mohand Khelaf Men’s 800m Samuel Marion Laval, Que. Club Saint-Laurent Sélect
Sandy Latrace Women’s long jump Jaime Thomas Brooks Alta. Chinook Track and Field
Audrey Leduc Women’s 100m Donald Côté Gatineau, Que. Club d’athlétisme de Gatineau
Kendra Leger Women’s 100mH Jason Kerr Guelph, Ont. Speed River
Alger Liang Men’s 10,000m race walk Gerry Dragomir Vancouver, B.C. Racewalk West
Natassha McDonald Women’s 200m Wellesly Johnson Brampton, Ont. Project Athletics
Shyvonne Roxborough Women’s 100m Jason Kerr Ottawa, Ont. Speed River
Erinn Stenman-Fahey Women’s 800m Lorraine McKenzie Presley Ottawa, Ont. Ottawa Lions
Khamal Stewart-Baynes Men’s 400m Jamal Miller Toronto, Ont. Extreme Velocity Track Club
Grace Tennant Women’s discus throw, shot put Richard Parkinson Caistor Centre, Ont. SISU
Kennedy Thomson Women’s 800m Amanda Cotter Thorold, Ont. Unattached
Andreas Troschke Men’s hammer throw Larry Steinke Lethbridge, Alta. Chinook Track and Field
Noel Vanderzee Men’s high jump Jaime Thomas


Lethbridge, Alta. Chinook Track and Field
Sam Willett Men’s hammer throw Sheldan Gmitroski Victoria, B.C. Athletics Victoria
Naquita Williams


Women’s hammer throw Michelle Clayton


Chateauguay, Que. Kilomaitres de Lasalle


Tasha Willing Women’s hammer throw Harold Willers Chilliwack, B.C. Unattached
Staff Role Hometown
Christine Laverty Team Head Coach Calgary, Alta.
Thelma Wright Team Leader Vancouver, B.C.
Nicole Clarke Team Manager Kingston, Ont.
Sheldon Gmitroski Team Coach Victoria, B.C.
Jason Kerr Team Coach Guelph, Ont.
Annie Potvin Team Coach Orford, Que.
Terry Radchenko Team Coach Toronto, Ont.
Alfredo Villar-Sbaffi Team Coach Montreal, Que.
Leigh Davis Team Physiotherapist Toronto, Ont.
Carolyn Daubeny Team Massage Therapist Vancouver, B.C.
Suzanne Moroney Team Massage Therapist Halifax, N.S.
Dr. Erik Yuill Team Chiropractor Vancouver, B.C.

SOURCE: https://athletics.ca/athletics-canada-selects-50-athletes-to-compete-at-2019-nacac-u18-u23-championships/

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