Olympic and World bronze medallist Derek Drouin, two time silver-medallist Brianne Theisen-Eaton and World bronze medallist Damian Warner among those named today

 Athletics Canada

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada, the national governing body for track and field, cross country, road running and road racing, nominated a contingent of 50 athletes today to Commonwealth Games Canada. The 2014 Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow, Scotland July 23 to August 3 and will be the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish soil. Athletics competition at the Commonwealth Games will take place at Hampden Park Stadium July 27 through August 2.

Headlining Athletics Canada’s nominations is 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Championship bronze medallist Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont. This season Derek improved the Canadian record when he surpassed the 2.40-metres mark, one of only ten in history to have cleared that magical barrier. Two-time World Championship silver medallist Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboldt, Sask., is looking to add a Commonwealth Games title to her already impressive résumé. Damian Warner of London, Ont., is another one to keep a close eye on; he won bronze in the decathlon at the 2013 World Championships.

Head Coach Peter Eriksson on the squad, “I am very proud of the team selected. Our team objective is to surpass the results from the 2010 edition of the Games where we won 17 medals (7 gold, 2 silver and 8 bronze). In 2010, 84 percent of the team finished in the top eight. The team is a healthy mix of young blood and experienced athletes, they are focused on what it will take to get the job done.”

“I am very excited to see the athletics team compete in Glasgow, the sport that brought me so many memories throughout the years”, comments Chantal Petitclerc, Chef de mission for Team Canada. “As an athlete, the Commonwealth Games were one of my favourite competitions and I am looking forward to new memories supporting athletes from the other side of the track.” Chantal herself is a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the T54 800-metres from the 2002 and 2006 Games.

The team nominees includes seven medallists from past Commonwealth Games; Josh Cassidy, Sultana Frizell, Carline Muir, Diane Roy, James Steacy, Angela Whyte, and Jessica Zelinka.

“The competition on the track and in the field in Glasgow will generate a tremendous amount of excitement, and we look forward to our Canadian athletes being right in the mix”, said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “Congratulations to the members of this Athletics team who are primed and ready to continue the tradition of excellence at the Commonwealth Games.”

Athletics Canada Commonwealth Games nominees:




Name Event Hometown Personal Coach
Mohammed Ahmed 10,000m St. Catharines, ON Mick Byrne/Sharon Stewart
Shawnacy Barber Pole Vault Toronto, ON George Barber/Dennis Mitchell
Daundre Barnaby 4x400m Relay Brampton, ON Desai Williams/Anthony McCleary
Aaron Brown 100m Toronto, ON Caryl Smith Gilbert/Bill Stephens
Josh Cassidy T54 – 1500m Ottawa, ON Amanda Fader
Jared Connaughton 4x100m Relay New Haven, PEI Monte Stratton
Andre De Grasse 200m Markham, ON Tony Sharpe
Derek Drouin High Jump Corunna, ON Jeff Huntoon/Joel Skinner
Alexandre Dupont T54 – 1500m Bradwell, SK Rick Reelie
Matthew Hughes 3,000m Steeple Oshawa, ON Wynn Gmitroski
Cameron Levins 10,000m Black Creek, BC Alberto Salazar
Oluwasegun Makinde 4x100m Relay Ottawa, ON Glenroy Gilbert
Michael Mason High Jump Abbotsford, BC Zbigniew Szelagowicz
Brandon McBride 800m Windsor, ON Chris Scarrow
Taylor Milne 3,000m Steeple Guelph, ON Dave Scott-Thomas
Tim Nedow Shot Put Brockville, ON Darrin Reesal/Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Philip Osei 4x400m Relay Toronto, ON Desai Williams/Anthony McCleary
Michael Robertson 4x400m Relay Williamstown, ON Glenroy Gilbert
Justin Rodhe Shot Put Kamloops, BC
Brendon Rodney 200m Toronto, ON Martin Douglas
Dontae Richards-Kwok 4x100m Relay Toronto, ON Desai Williams/Anthony McCleary
Gavin Smellie 200m Etobicoke, ON Desai Williams
James Steacy Hammer Throw Lethbridge, AB Larry Steinke
Damian Warner Decathlon London, ON Gar Leyshon/Vickie Croley
Chris Winter 3,000m Steeple Vancouver, BC Dave Scott-Thomas



Name Event Hometown Personal Coach
Karine Belleau-Béliveau 800m Montreal, QC Jean-Yves Cloutier
Khamica Bingham 100m Caledon, ON Desai Williams/Frank Bucca
Melissa Bishop 800m Eganville, ON Dennis Fairall
Shai-Anne Davis 200m Richmond, BC Desai Williams/Anthony McCleary
Fawn Dorr 4x400m Relay Marten River, ON Dr. Marco
Crystal Emmanuel 200m East York, ON Desai Williams
Sultana Frizell Hammer Throw Perth, ON Derek Evely
Phylicia George 4x100m Relay Markham, ON Anthony McCleary
Elizabeth Gleadle Javelin Vancouver, BC Larry Steinke
Kimberly Hyacinthe 200m Lachenaie, QC Desai Williams/Anthony McCleary
Julie Labonté Shot Put Ste-Justine, QC Craig Carter/Daniel Labonté
Lanni Marchant Marathon London, ON Dave Mills
Noelle Montcalm 400mH Belle River, ON Don Garrod
Carline Muir 4x400m Relay Edmonton, ON Lance Brauman
Christabel Nettey Long Jump Surrey, BC Dan Pfaff
Alysha Newman Pole Vault Delaware, ON Zdenek Krykorka/Jerel Langley
Jessica O’Connell 5,000m Calgary, AB Mike Van Tighem
Diane Roy T54 – 1500m Sherbrooke, QC Jean Laroche
Nicole Sifuentes 1500m Winnipeg, MB Mike McGuire
Jessica Smith 800m North Vancouver, BC Brit Townsend
Chanice Taylor-Chase 400mH Ajax, ON Percival Marsh
Brianne Theisen-Eaton Heptathlon Humboldt, SK Harry Marra
Kate Van Buskirk 1500m Toronto, ON Dave Reid
Angela Whyte 100mH Edmonton, AB Wayne Phipps
Jessica Zelinka Heptathlon London, ON Cliff Rovelto

Even though they don’t have standard, Alicia Newman and James Steacy have been nominated to the team. Newman is currently ranked second in the Commonwealth in the women’s pole vault while Steacy is the top ranked hammer thrower in the Commonwealth. For more on the athletics team at the Commonwealth Games, including full selection process please click here.

A team of 265 athletes and close to 100 coaches and support staff will be in Glasgow, Canada’s largest Team ever fielded for a non-home Games.  The entire Canadian Team, as well as the team’s flag bearer, will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games Canada in July 2014.


Athletics Canada is the national governing body for track and field, cross country, road running and road racing. Through collective leadership Athletics Canada drives growth in participation, enables sustainable international podium performances and provides a positive experience for all involved in athletics and para-athletics.


Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the international franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. Visit www.commonwealthgames.ca for information.