While athletics fans in Canada look forward to the 2019 World Athletics Championships that will be taking place in Doha, Qatar starting Sept. 27, they have another international championships to enjoy, the 2019 Lima Pan American Games starting July 26.

The Pan Ams team, named by Athletics Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee, includes  19 men and 27 women. Canada will look to improve on its 27 podium finishes (11 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze) from the Toronto 2015 edition.

Eighteen of those Toronto games athletes are returning, while the balance of 28 are new to the team. Seven of the 18 earned a medial in 2015, which includes decathlete Damian Warner (gold) and steeplechaser Geneviève Lalonde (bronze).

According to Athletics Canada the Pan Am Games is a vital component towards development, as was seen in 2015 with breakout performances by Rio 2016 triple Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse (100m, 200m,  4x100m relay), World silver medallist Melissa Bishop (800m), World Champion Shawn Barber (pole vault) and Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Derek Drouin (high jump). Although it could be argued that the above-named athletes would have performed just as well regardless of how 2015 went.

Peaking twice in one season may be a difficult task, but the ultimate goal is to field the best possible athletics team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – both meets are developmental towards Tokyo.

Interestingly, the national championships will be taking place in Montreal on the same weekend, a primary meet for Doha selection. The USATF nationals will also be going on during that same weekend in Des Moines, IA.

The list of Canadian track and field athletes, coaches and staff selected to the 2019 Pan American Games team includes:

Name Event(s) Personal Coach Hometown Club Affiliation
Kelsie Ahbe Women’s pole vault Jim Bemiller Toronto, Ont. Unattached
Mobolade Ajomale Men’s 100m, 4x100m relay Kevin Lasure Thornhill West, Ont. Flying Angels Track & Field Academy
Marco Arop Men’s 800m Ron Thompson Edmonton, Alta. Voleo Athletics
Ashlan Best Women’s 4x100m relay Gabe Sanders Guelph, Ont. Speed River Track and Field Club
Mathieu Bilodeau Men’s 50km race walk David Gagnon Canmore, Alta. Unattached
Khamica Bingham* Women’s 4x100m relay Dennis Shaver Brampton, Ont. Brampton Track Club
Jerome Blake Men’s 200m, 4x100m relay Tara Self Vancouver, B.C. Coquitlam Cheetahs Track and Field Club
Maïté Bouchard Women’s 800m Simon Croteau Sherbrooke, Que. Athlétisme Sherbrooke
Leya Buchanan Women’s 100m, 4x100m relay John Smith Mississauga, Ont. Unattached
Lindsey Butterworth Women’s 800m Brit Townsend North Vancouver, B.C. Coastal Track Club
Johnathan Cabral* Men’s 110m hurdles Tim O’Neil Peribonka, Que. Unattached
Keira Christie-Galloway Women’s 100m hurdles Hugh Conlin Ottawa, Ont. Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club
Rachel Cliff Women’s 10,000m Richard Lee Vancouver, B..C Mile2Marathon
Kyra Constantine Women’s 400m, 4x400m relay Caryl Smith Gilbert Brampton, Ont. Project Athletics Track and Field Program
Brittany Crew Women’s shot put Richard Parkinson Toronto, Ont SISU Throws Club
Evan Dunfee* Men’s 50km race walk, 20km race walk Gerald Dragomir Richmond, B.C. Racewalk West
Georgia Ellenwood Heptathlon Nate Davis Langley, B.C. Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club
Crystal Emmanuel* Women’s 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay Charles Allen Toronto, Ont. Flying Angels Track & Field Academy
Ben Flanagan Men’s 10,000m Chris Fox Kitchener, Ont. Unattached
Phylicia George* Women’s 100m hurdles, 4x100m relay Darryl Woodson Markham, Ont. Flying Angels Track & Field Academy
Liz Gleadle* Women’s javelin Laurier Primeau Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Thunderbirds Track & Field Club
Travia Jones Women’s 4x400m relay Darryl Woodson Regina, Sask. Unattached
Geneviève Lalonde* Women’s 3000m steeplechase Dave Scott-Thomas Moncton, N.B. Speed River Track and Field Club
Pierce LePage Men’s decathlon Gregory Portnoy Whitby, Ont. Unattached
Rory Linkletter Men’s 10,000m Ed Eyestone Calgary, Alta. Unattached
Django Lovett Men’s high jump Zbigniew Szelagowicz Surrey, B.C. Kajaks Track & Field Club
Michael Mason* Men’s high jump Jeff Huntoon Nanoose Bay, B.C. Nanaimo Track and Field Club
Brandon McBride* Men’s 800m Kurt Downes Windsor, Ont. Border City Athletics Club
Natassha McDonald Women’s 400m, 4x400m relay Wellesley Johnson Brampton, Ont. Project Athletics Track and Field Program
Sarah Mitton Women’s shot put Richard Parkinson Brooklyn, N.S. SISU Throws Club
Tim Nedow* Men’s shot put Darrin Reesal Brockville, Ont. Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club
Christabel Nettey* Women’s long jump Stuart McMillan Surrey, B.C. Unattached
Alysha Newman Women’s pole vault Doug Wood Delaware, Ont. Bolton Pole Vault
Jessica O’Connell* Women’s 5000m Mike Van Tighen Brampton, Ont. University of Calgary Athletics Club
William Paulson Men’s 1500m Cory Leslie Quebec, Que. Club d’Athlétisme de l’Université Laval
Brendon Rodney* Men’s 200m, 4x100m relay Maurice Wilson Etobicoke, Ont. Unattached
Camryn Rogers Women’s hammer throw Mohamad Saatara Richmond, B.C. Kajaks Track & Field Club
Andrea Seccafien Women’s 5000m Nic Bideau Guelph, Ont. Monarch Athletics Club

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Men’s 3000m steeplechase Dave Smith Calgary, Alta. Unattached
Gavin Smellie* Men’s 100m, 4x100m relay Milt Ottey Brampton, Ont. Flying Angels Track & Field Academy
Aiyanna Stiverne Women’s 200m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay Ronald Morency Laval, Que. Unattached
Damian Warner* Men’s decathlon, 4x100m relay Gar Leyshon London, Ont. Unattached
Sage Watson* Women’s 400m hurdles, 4x400m relay Fred Harvey Medicine Hat, Alta. Unattached
Jillian Weir Women’s hammer throw Larry Steinke Kingston, Ont. Unattached
Natasha Wodak* Women’s 10,000m Lynn Kanuka North Vancouver, B.C. Prairie Inn Harriers
Regan Yee Women’s 3000m steeplechase Mark Bomba South Hazelton, B.C. Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club
Coaches and Staff 
Name Role Hometown
Glenroy Gilbert Team Head Coach Ottawa, Ont.
Charles Allen Team Coach Toronto, Ont.
Kurt Downes Team Coach Windsor, Ont.
Heather Hennigar Team Coach Victoria. B.C.
Jeff Huntoon Team Coach Toronto, Ont.
Richard Parkinson Team Coach Stouffville, Ont.
Larry Steinke Team Coach Lethbridge, Alta.
Mike Van Tighem Team Coach Summerland, B.C.
Simon Nathan Team Leader Ottawa, Ont.
Jared MacLeod Team Manager Winnipeg, Man.
Jessica Scarlato Team Manager Richmond Hill, Ont.
Andrea Stephen Team IST Lead and Physiotherapist Toronto, Ont.
Dr. Melina Thibodeau Team Physician Victoria, B.C.
Danielle Chow-Leong Team Massage Therapist Toronto, Ont.
Eric Corda Team Massage Therapist Sarnia, Ont.
Dr. Simon Pearson Team Chiropractor Victoria, B.C.
Dana Way Team Biomechanist Winnipeg Beach, Man.

*Represented Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games

Lima 2019, which will run from July 26 to Aug. 11, will bring together approximately 6,700 athletes from 41 nations of the Americas and feature 62 disciplines in 39 sports. It will be the largest sporting event ever held in Peru.

For more on the 2019 Pan American Games, visit www.olympic.ca/games/lima-2019 or www.lima2019.pe/en.