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Athletics Canada names 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships team

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada named 14 athletes today, four men and 10 women, to represent Canada at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships that will take place in Birmingham, U.K., from Thursday, March 1, to Sunday, March 4. The team is led by an Olympic medallist, World Champion and features nine athletes who have competed in an IAAF World Championships or Olympic final.

“The World Indoor Championships in Birmingham are a great competitive opportunity for Canadian athletes,” said Glenroy Gilbert, Athletics Canada’s head coach. “The four-day meet will see some of our top current and upcoming athletes go up against some of the world’s best. This is a small, but highly competitive team. The standards to make the team were rigorous and we feel those competing in Birmingham are ready to reach finals and compete for medals.”  

Leading the charge will be 2016 Olympic bronze medallist in the decathlon, Damian Warner of London, Ont., and 2015 IAAF World Champion in the pole vault, Shawn Barber. Warner received an invitation to take part in the heptathlon and looks to challenge for the world title and threaten the Canadian record in the event. Barber appears to be rounding to form at the right time after achieving the world indoor standard this past weekend in Poland.

“It’s an honour to be invited to compete for Canada at the World Indoor Championships,” said Warner, who won bronze in the decathlon at the 2016 Olympics. “The 2018 IAAF World Indoors will be a great way for our team to build momentum going into this spring’s Commonwealth Games and beyond. The roster is small but features a very talented group of athletes. I know each of them will look to make their mark in Birmingham.”

Joining Warner and Barber will be 2017 World Championships finalists: Crystal Emmanuel of Pickering, Ont. (60-metres), Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton, N.B. (3000-metre), Alysha Newman of London, Ont. (pole vault), Brittany Crew of Toronto (shot put) and 2016 Olympic Games finalist Johnathan Cabral (60-metre hurdles).

Newman and Crew both recently improved their Canadian indoor records and appear to be ready for their shot at a medal in Birmingham. Emmanuel set a season’s best of 7.28 seconds and Cabral won the 60-metre hurdles at the Grand Prix d’Athlétisme de Montréal. Last weekend, Lalonde also became the third fastest Canadian ever at 3000-metres clocking a time of 8:49.78.

Kate Van Buskirk of Brampton, Ont., has been sensational this indoor track season. Over the past month, she’s broken the Canadian indoor mile record and became the second fastest Canadian 3000-metre performer of all-time. Her mile time of 4:26.92 is currently the fastest in the world for 2018.

“Any opportunity to wear the red and white of Canada on the international stage is an honour and a privilege,” said Van Buskirk who will compete in the 1500-metres. “I know that I am representing not only myself, but my teammates and coaches, family and friends, community, city, province and my country. This is my first national team in three and half years and I couldn’t be more proud of or grateful for this opportunity.”

Tim Nedow of Brockville, Ont., has been a stalwart on major championship teams over the past five years and looks to compete for a podium spot in Birmingham. Nedow has been flirting with the 21-metre mark this winter. His season’s best of 20.82-metres has him ranked seventh in the world for 2018.

Other Canadians competing in Birmingham include: Travia Jones of Saskatoon (400-metres), Kelsey Balkwill of Essex, Ont. (400-metres), Jenna Westaway of Calgary (800-metres), Gabriela Stafford of Toronto (1500-metres) and Christabel Nettey of Surrey, B.C. (long jump).

TEAM CANADA – 2018 IAAF WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Name

Hometown

Club

Coach

Event

Kelsey Balkwill

Essex, Ont.

Border City Athletics Club

Kurt Downes

400-metre

Shawnacy Barber

Toronto

Project Athletics

Jeff Hartwig

Pole vault

Johnathan Cabral

Péribonka, Que.

Unattached 

Tim O’Neil

60-metre hurdles

Brittany Crew

Toronto

SISU Throws Club

Richard Parkinson

Shot put

Crystal Emmanuel

Toronto

Flying Angels Track Club

Charles Allen

60-metre

Travia Jones

Regina, Sask.

Unattached 

Sanjay Ayre

400-metre

Geneviève Lalonde

Moncton, N.B.

Speed River

Dave Scott-Thomas

3000-metre

Tim Nedow

Brockville, Ont.

Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club

Richard Parkinson

Shot put

Christabel Nettey

Surrey, B.C.

Unattached

Stuart McMillan

Long jump

Alysha Newman

London, Ont.

Bolton Pole Vault

Doug Wood

Pole vault

Gabriela Stafford

Toronto

University of Toronto Track and Field Club

Terry Radchenko

1500-metres

Kate Van Buskirk

Brampton, Ont.

Unattached

Dave Reid

1500-metres

Damian Warner

London, Ont.

London Western

Les Gramantik

Heptathlon

Angela Whyte

Edmonton

APEX Athletics Club

Jeff Huntoon

60-metre hurdles

Jenna Westaway

Calgary

Calgary International Track Club

Carlos Handler

800-metres

STAFF

Name

Hometown

Position

Glenroy Gilbert

Ottawa

Team Head Coach

Simon Nathan

Ottawa

Team Leader

Kristine Deacon

Cambridge, Ont.

Team Manager

Charles Allen

Toronto

Team Coach

Heather Hennigar

Victoria

Team Coach

Les Gramantik

Calgary

Team Coach

Richard Parkinson

Stouffville, Ont.

Team Coach

Dr. Simon Pearson

Victoria

Team Chiropractor

Garfield Crooks

Vancouver

Team Massage Therapist

Dana Way

Winnipeg Beach, Man.

Team Biomechanist

For the latest from the 2018 IAAF Indoor World Championships, follow Athletics Canada on TwitterFacebook and Instagram or visit www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-indoor-championships.

CBC LIVE STREAMING SCHEDULE:

Thursday, March 1 (Day 1):
12:50 p.m. ET - afternoon session

Friday, March 2 (Day 2):
4:50 a.m. ET - morning session 
12:50 p.m. ET - afternoon session

Saturday, March 3 (Day 3):
4:50 a.m. ET - morning session 
12:35 p.m. ET - evening session 
5 p.m. ET - highlights

Sunday, March 4 (Day 4): 
9:30 a.m. ET - evening session
3 p.m. ET - highlights

CBC TV BROADCAST SCHEDULE:

Saturday, March 3: 5-6 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 4: 3-4 p.m. local

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