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Athletics Canada names 2017 IAAF World Championships team

July 28 edit: Annie Leblanc (800m), Maria Bernard (3000m steeplechase), Angela Whyte (100m hurdles), Alyx Treasure (high jump), Taryn Suttie (shot put), Kelsie Ahbe (pole vault), Lindsey Butterworth (800m), and Leya Buchanan (100m) and Alycia Butterworth (3000m steeplechase) received invitations from the IAAF and were added to the team. Brendon Rodney will now also participate in the men’s 100m. IAAF invited athletes were reviewed and voted on by the National Team Committee, referencing the selection criteria

Athletics Canada named today a team of 48 athletes to compete at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London, England, from Aug. 4 to 13.

“Our team features a great combination of seasoned world-class performers and talented upcoming athletes who are ready to make their mark,” said Head Coach Glenroy Gilbert. “Canadian success at recent Olympics, Paralympics and World Championships has been noticed and respected around the world. We look to capitalize on that positive momentum and perform at a high level in London.”

The team includes nine World Outdoor Championship medallists and two defending World champions. Nine athletes and one relay team on the roster is currently ranked top 10 on the IAAF performance list.

Competition will take place in London Stadium, the site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Canadians in the 2017 Top 10 (as of July 17)
Damian Warner, second, decathlon
Men’s 4x100m, second 
Christabel Nettey, third, long jump
Evan Dunfee, fourth, 50km race walk
Andre De Grasse, eighth, 200m 
Elizabeth Gleadle, ninth, javelin
Michael Mason, ninth, high jump
Mohammed Ahmed, 10th, 5000m
Mohammed Ahmed, 10th, 10000m
Alysha Newman, 10th, pole vault

In 2015, at the last World Outdoor Championships in Beijing, China, the team won two world titles and eight medals overall. Medallists included Derek Drouin (high jump gold), Shawn Barber (pole vault gold), Brianne Theisen-Eaton (heptathlon silver), Damian Warner (decathlon silver), Melissa Bishop (800-metres silver), Andre De Grasse (100-metres bronze), Benjamin Thorne (20km race walk bronze) and the men’s 4x100-metres relay team (bronze).


Female athletes
Kelsie Ahbe, pole vault, Toronto, Tim Mack, Unattached
Maria Bernard, 3000m steeplechase, Calgary, Alta., Mike Van Tighem, U of C Athletics Club
Melissa Bishop, 800m, Eganville, Ont., Dennis Fairall, Ottawa Lions Track and Field
Leya Buchanan, 100m, Mississauga, Ont., Tony Sharpe, The Speed Academy Athletics Club
Alycia Butterworth, 3000m steeplechase, Parksville, B.C., Pat McCurry, Unattached
Lindsey Butterworth, 800m, Burnaby, B.C., Brit Townsend, Coastal Track Club
Rachel Cliff, 10000m, Vancouver, Richard Lee, Unattached
Brittany Crew, shot put, Toronto, Richard Parkinson, Unattached
Crystal Emmanuel, 100m/200m, East York, Ont., Charles Allen, Flying Angels Track Club
Phylicia George, 100mH, Markham, Ont., Dennis Shaver, Flying Angels Track Club
Elizabeth Gleadle, javelin, Vancouver, Larry Steinke, Chinook Track and Field Club
Rachel Hannah, marathon, Barrie, Ont., David Korell, University of Toronto Track Club
Travia Jones, 400m/4x400m, Regina, Dennis Shaver, Unattached
Tarah Korir, marathon, St. Clements, Ont., Wesley Korir, Unattached
Annie Leblanc, 800m, Repentigny, Que., José Sant, Lanaudière Olympique
Geneviève Lalonde, 3000m steeplechase, Moncton, N.B., Dave Scott-Thomas, Speed River TFC
Natassha McDonald, 4x400m, Brampton, Ont., Collin Lewis, Project Athletics
Lanni Marchant, 10000m, London, Ont., Dave Mills, London Western Track Club
Noelle Montcalm, 400mH/4x400m, Belle River, Ont., Don Garrod, University of Windsor Athletics Club
Carline Muir, 400m/4x400m, Edmonton, Nick Dakin, Unattached
Christabel Nettey, long jump, Surrey, B.C., Bashir Ramzey, Unattached
Alysha Newman, pole vault, London, Ont., Doug Wood, Bolton Pole Vault
Anicka Newell, pole vault, Saskatoon, Cameron Meyer, Project Athletics
Jessica O’Connell, 5000m, Calgary, Mike Van Tighem University of Calgary Athletics
Dayna Pidhoresky, marathon, Vancouver, Josh Seifarth, Unattached
Sheila Reid,1500m, Newmarket, Ont., Mark Rowland, Newmarket Huskies
Andrea Seccafien, 5000m, Toronto, Ross Ristuccia, University of Toronto Track Club
Nicole Sifuentes, 1500m, Winnipeg, Mike McGuire, Unattached
Gabriela Stafford, 1500m, Toronto, Terry Radchenko, University of Toronto Track Club
Aiyanna Stiverne, 400m/4x400m, Laval, Que., Ronald Morency, Unattached
Taryn Suttie, shot put, Hanley, Sask., Justin Rohde, Unattached 
Alyxandria Treasure, high jump, Prince George, B.C., Prince George Track and Field Club
Sage Watson, 400mH/4x400m, Medicine Hat, Alta., Calgary International
Jillian Weir, hammer throw, Kingston, Ont., Greg Jack, Unattached
Angela Whyte, 100mH, Edmonton, Alta., Unattached
Natasha Wodak, 10000m, Vancouver, Lynn Kanuka, Prairie Inn Harriers

Male athletes
Mohammed Ahmed, 5000m/10000m, St. Catharines, Ont., Jerry Schumacher, Niagara Olympic
Bolade Ajomale, 4x100m, Richmond Hill, Ont., Kevin LaSure, Flying Angels
Shawnacy Barber, pole vault, Toronto, Dennis Mitchell, Project Athletics
Mathieu Bilodeau, 50km race walk, Québec City, Gerry Dragomir, Race Walk West
Aaron Brown, 200m/4x100m, Toronto, Dennis Mitchell, Phoenix Athletics
Johnathan Cabral, 110mH, Peribonka, Que., Jamie Cook, Unattached
Andre De Grasse, 100m/200m/4x100m, Markham, Ont., Stuart McMillan, Speed Academy
Evan Dunfee, 50km race walk, Richmond, B.C., Gerry Dragomir, Race Walk West
Derek Drouin, high jump, Corunna, Ont., Jeff Huntoon, Sarnia Athletics Southwest
Eric Gillis, marathon, Antigonish, N.S., Dave Scott Thomas, Speed River
Akeem Haynes, 4x100m, Calgary, Stuart McMillan, Unattached
Matthew Hughes, 3000m steeplechase, Oshawa, Ont., Jerry Schumacher, Unattached
Justyn Knight, 5000m, Toronto, Chris Fox, University of Toronto Track Club
Michael Mason, high jump, Nanoose Bay, B.C., Jeff Huntoon, Unattached
Brandon McBride, 800m, Windsor, Ont., Chris Scarrow, Windsor Legion
Tim Nedow, shot put, Brockville, Ont., Dane Miller, Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club
Brendon Rodney, 100m/4x100m, Brampton, Ont., Simon Hodnett, Hamilton Elite Athletics
Gavin Smellie, 100m/4x100m, Brampton, Ont., Desai Williams, Flying Angels
Ben Thorne, 20km race walk, Kitimat, B.C., Gerry Dragomir, Race Walk West
Thomas Toth, marathon, Peterborough, Ont., Zach Johnson, Unattached
Damian Warner, decathlon, London, Ont., Les Gramantik, Unattached

Staff
Glenroy Gilbert, Ottawa, Head Coach
Carla Nicholls, Regina, Team Leader
Scott MacDonald, Ottawa, Technical Manager
Jared MacLeod, Winnipeg, Team Manager
Corey Dempsey, Niagara Falls, Ont., Assistant Manager
Kurt Downes, Harrow, Ont., Team Coach
Dave Scott-Thomas, Guelph, Ont., Team Coach
Heather Hennigar, Halifax, Team Coach
Jeff Huntoon, Toronto, Team Coach
Richard Parkinson, Stouffville, Ont., Team Coach
Jim McDannald, Montreal, Media Attaché
Danielle Chow-Leong, Toronto, Massage Therapist
Dr. Simon Pearson, Victoria, Chiropractor
Brenda Scott-Thomas, Guelph, Ont., Physiotherapist
Dr. Ricky Singh, Georgetown, Ont., Chiropractor
Lesley Tashlin, Ottawa, Massage Therapist
Dana Way, Winnipeg Beach, Man., Biomechanist
Dr. Paddy McCluskey, Victoria, Team Physician
Dr. Trent Stellingwerff, Victoria, IST Lead/Physiologist
Dr. Penny Werthner, Calgary, Mental Performance

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