The 2021 World Relays taking place in Chorsaw, Poland, presents an apportunity for athletes to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.

It is the first international track meet since the pandemic was declared in 2020 and will take place May 1 and 2.

More than 1,000 athletes from 46 nations will compete as part of 153 relay teams. 

The Canadian athletes will convene in the aptly named Baton Rouge, FLA.

“With relays in general, having a camp before heading into a major competition is paramount. We do not get enough time with the athletes to work in different groups, and due to the global pandemic it has been well over a year since this group has trained or competed together,” said head coach Glenroy Gilbert. “This camp will be essential in building back the group cohesiveness and unity, not to mention the skills required to run fast as a team.”

Canada will be fielding teams in the 4×100-metre (men’s and women’s) and 4×400-metre relay (women’s and mixed) with the hopes of securing a spot at the Olympic Games by advancing to the final. Heading into Poland, the women’s 4×400-metre relay team is the only Canadian relay team that is guaranteed a spot on the start line in Tokyo after advancing to the final at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. However, the men’s 4×100-metre, mixed 4×400-metre and women’s 4×100-metre relay currently sit in 9th, 11th and 15th place, respectively, in the World Rankings (Top Lists), which would put them in contention to compete in Tokyo.

“I know going into the Championships that Glenroy, our head coach, will convey the message of qualifying for Tokyo before anything else,” said Aaron Brown who will suit-up for the men’s 4×100-metre relay. “As one of the veteran leaders on this team, I echo that sentiment. Once we are in the finals, we want to compete for the top spot because we have the talent to do it. Win or lose we do it as a team, that is a philosophy that you do not truly internalize until you have been through the fire together.”

Representing Canada at the 2021 World Athletics Relays Silesia21:

Bolade AjomaleRichmond Hill, Ont.Charles AllenFlying Angels AcademyMen’s 4x100m
Andre AzonwannaToronto, Ont.Jason KerrRoyal City Track & Field ClubMen’s 4x100m
Khamica Bingham^Caledon, Ont.Boo SchexnayderBrampton Track ClubWomen’s 4x100m
Jerome Blake*^Kelowna, B.C.Dennis MitchellOkanagan Athletics ClubMen’s 4x100m
Bismark Boateng*^Brampton, Ont.Boo SchexnayderUnattachedMen’s 4x100m
Aaron Brown*^Toronto, Ont.Dennis MitchellPhoenix Athletics AssociationMen’s 4x100m
Alicia Brown*^Ottawa, Ont.Robert WestmanUnattachedWomen’s/Mixed 4x400m
Leya Buchanan^Mississauga, Ont.John SmithUnattachedWomen’s 4x100m
Austin Cole*^Sherwood Park, Alta.Robert FisherCapital City Track ClubMixed 4x400m
Joshua CunninghamScarborough, Ont.Jason KerrRoyal City Track & Field ClubMixed 4x400m
Crystal Emmanuel*^Toronto, Ont.Charles AllenUnattachedWomen’s 4x100m
Shaina Harrison^Vaughan, Ont.Charles AllenFlying Angels Track & Field AcademyWomen’s 4x100m
Farah Jacques^Gatineau, Que.Hugh ColinsClub d’athlétisme Perfmax-Racing de MontréalWomen’s 4x100m
Audrey LeducQuebec City, Que.Fabrice AkuéClub d’athlétisme de GatineauWomen’s 4x100m
Sade McCreath-TardielAjax, Ont.Michael DwyerYork University Track & Field ClubWomen’s 4x100m
Philip Osei*^Toronto, Ont.Jason KerrRoyal City Track & Field ClubMixed 4x400m
Micha PowellMontreal, Que.Bob WestmanUnattachedWomen’s/Mixed 4x400m
Madeline Price*^Toronto, Ont.Mark MuellerUnattachedWomen’s/Mixed 4x400m
Brendon Rodney*^Etobicoke, Ont.Maurice WilsonUnattachedMen’s 4x100m
Zoe Sherar^Kitchener, Ont.Jason KerrRoyal City Track & Field ClubWomen’s/Mixed 4x400m
Gavin Smellie*^Brampton, Ont.Earl LetfordFlying Angels Track & Field AcademyMen’s 4x100m
Aiyanna Stiverne*^Laval, Que.Ronald MorencyUnattachedWomen’s/Mixed 4x400m
Katherine Surin*Montreal, Que.Bruno GajerClub d’athlétisme Corsaire-ChaparralWomen’s/Mixed 4x400m
Sage Watson*^Medicine Hat, Alta.Fed HarveyUnattachedWomen’s/Mixed 4x400m
Glenroy GilbertOttawa, Ont.Head Coach
Nicole ClarkeKingston, Ont.Team Manager
Charles AllenToronto, Ont.Team Coach
Bob WestmanToronto, Ont.Team Coach
Kurt DownesWindsor, Ont.Team Coach
Danielle Chow-LeongToronto, Ont.Team IST Lead & Massage Therapist
Gus GiannoutsosRegina Sask.Team Massage Therapist
Dr. Elna JohnsonVancouver, B.C.Team Chiropractor
Dr. Duane SmithOttawa, Ont.Team Chiropractor
Dana WayWinnipeg Beach, Man.Team Biomechanist

*Member of Team Canada at the 2019 World Athletics Championships
^Member of Team Canada at the 2019 World Athletics Relays
 Selected non-travelling alternate/reserve athletes:

Edrick Floreal Jr.Laval, Que.Edrick FlorealUnattachedMen’s 4x100m
Nathaniel GeorgePitt Meadows, B.C.Tara SelfCoquitlam Cheetahs Track and Field ClubMixed 4x400m
Shyvonne RoxboroughOttawa, Ont.Jason KerrRoyal City Track & Field ClubWomen’s 4x100m

“It is a special honour every time I pull on the Team Canada singlet and I do not take it lightly. One day I will look back and realize just how fortunate I was to be able to do it time and time again,” said Brown. “My aim is always to try to make the country look good and to represent the Maple Leaf in the best light. In Poland, I get the chance to team up with three other people to combine our strengths for the common goal of success for our country, and that feeling is infections when it pans out. I will be running with guys that I have known for years and I am used to going against, so a chance to team up for Canada is always fun.”