Athletics Canada names team for 2015 IPC World Championships

October 5 edit - Unfortunately due to injuries Michelle Stilwell and Wes Vick have been removed from the team. Leah Robinson has been added.   

Today Athletics Canada named 35 athletes to the team that will compete at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships in Doha, Qatar, October 21 to 31.

The para-athletics team is coming off an impressive showing at the Parapan Am Games winning 43 medals (19 gold, 11 silver, 13 bronze). 14 of the 15 gold medallists at the Parapan Am Games will make the trip to Doha for Worlds.

At the last IPC Worlds in 2013 (Lyon, France) Canada won 15 medals, including seven gold, and set 19 Canadian records. Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., and Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., led the way with four gold for Lakatos and three by Stilwell. In 2011 Canada took home 12 medals from the IPC World Championships (4 gold). 

“The team’s objectives are to put more athletes into finals, win more total medals and win more gold medals than at the last IPC Worlds,” said Peter Eriksson, Head Coach and Chief Technical Officer. 

Female athletes
Name, hometown, coach, club

Jennifer Brown, Calgary AB, Kim Cousins, CALTAF

Ilana Dupont, Saskatoon, SK, Rick Reelie, Parasports Quebec

Eva Fejes, Guide, Salt Spring Island, BC, Sheldan Gmitroski, Pacific Athletics

Renée Foessel, Orangeville, ON, Ken Hall, Cruisers Sports

Jessica Frotten, Whitehorse, YK, Rick Reelie, Cyclones Athletics

Pamela LeJean, Cape Breton, NS, Ueli Albert, Valley Athletics

Virginia McLachlan, Windsor, ON, Jennifer O’Brien, University of Windsor Athletics Club

Ness Murby, Salt Spring Island, BC, Sheldan Gmitroski, Pacific Athletics

Marissa Papaconstantinou, Toronto, ON, Geoffrey Standen, Phoenix Track Club

Becky Richter, Saskatoon, SK, Rick Reelie, Cyclones Athletics

Leah Robinson, Kitchener, ON, Jason Kerr, Speed River TFC

Madison Wilson-Walker, Avon, ON, Christopher Williams, London Western Track and Field Club


Male athletes 

Richard Carr, Port Elgin, ON, Earl Farrell, Saugeen Track and Field Club

Josh Cassidy, Port Elgin, ON, Amanda Fader, Ottawa Lions

Mitchell Chase, Pickering, ON, Craig Blackman, I Be Fast Track Club

Nathan Dewitt, Surrey, BC, James Hustvedt, Wheelchair Race Series

Shayne Dobson, Moncton, NB, Jules Comeau, Athletics South-East

Alexandre Dupont, Clarenceville, QC, Rick Reelie, Parasports QC

Jason Dunkerley, Ottawa, ON, Ian Clark, Ottawa Lions

Josh Farrell, Port Elgin, ON, Randy Millar, Saugeen Track and Field Club

Joshua Karanja, Guide, Ottawa, ON, Ian Clark, Ottawa Lions

Brent Lakatos, Dorval, QC, Self-Coached, Parasports QC

Jean-Philippe Maranda, Ste-Aurélie, QC, Rick Reelie, Club d’athlétisme de Sherbrooke

Alister McQueen, Calgary, AB, Kim Cousins, CALTAF

Guillaume Ouellet, Victoriaville, QC, Félix-Antoine Lapointe, Club d'athlétisme de l'Université Laval

Kyle Pettey, Brampton, ON, Ken Hall, Cruisers Sports

Jason Roberts, Toronto, ON, Ken Hall, Cruisers Sports

Cody Salomons, Strathroy, ON, Christopher Williams, London Western Track and Field Club

Austin Smeenk, Oakville, ON, Ken Thom, Cruisers Sports

Tristan Smyth, Maple Ridge, BC, Kelly Smith, BC Wheelchair Sports

Kevin Strybosch, London, ON, John Allan, London Western Track and Field Club

Dustin Walsh, Coquitlam, BC, Laurier Primeau, Langley Mustangs

Kyle Whitehouse, St. Catharines, ON, Sue Bartol, Niagara Regional Athletics

Dylan Williamson, Guide, Coquitlam, BC, Laurier Primeau, Langley Mustangs


Team staff

Peter Eriksson, Ottawa, ON, Head Coach

Jared MacLeod, Winnipeg, MB, Team Leader

Kristine Deacon, Cambridge, ON, Team Manager

Les Gramantik, Calgary, AB, Team Coach

Heather Hennigar, Halifax, NS, Team Coach

John Allan, London, ON, Team Coach

Kim Cousins, Calgary, AB, Team Coach

Rick Reelie, Saskatoon, SK, Team Coach

Kelly Smith, Lake Country, BC, Team Coach

Dr. Ryan Williams, Hamilton, ON, Team Doctor

Andrea Stephen, Toronto, ON, Team Physiotherapist

Alix Côte Tremblay, Montreal, QC, Team Physiotherapist

Robert Lee, Toronto, ON, Team Massage Therapist

Remo Bucci, Toronto, ON, Team Massage Therapist

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