Athletics Canada names team for 2015 Panamerican Junior Championships

Athletics Canada is proud to name today a roster of 63 athletes to compete at the 2015 Panamerican Junior Championships (18-19 years of age). The competition takes place July 31 to August 2 in Edmonton, Alta.

“The Pan Am Junior Championships are an excellent opportunity for young upcoming athletes. Competing at home against the best from the pan am region in this age group should elevate their performances and provide them with an excellent learning opportunity,” said Canadian Pan Am Juniors Head Coach Les Gramantik.

Canadian medallists at the last edition of the Panamerican Junior Championships included new Canadian record holders Shawn Barber (pole vault) and Andre De Grasse (200m). Overall Canada ranked second in total medal count collecting 19 medals (6 gold, 6 silver, 7 bronze) and third in gold medals. 

This will be the third major event hosted in Edmonton this summer by TrackTown Canada after the Canadian Track and Field Championships and the National Track League’s TrackTown Classic.

Relay teams will be chosen by the coaching staff from the pool of athletes already named to the team.


Female athletes

Name, Event, Hometown, Coach, Club   

Leya Buchanan, 100m/200m, Mississauga, ON, Tony Sharpe, The Speed Academy

Maya Stephens, 100m, Toronto, ON, Tony Sharpe, The Speed Academy

Kendra Clarke, 200m/400m, Edmonton, AB, Dwight Francis, Voléo Athletics

Taylor Sharpe, 400m, Pickering, ON, Tony Sharpe, The Speed Academy

Evelyne Guay, 800m, Oakville, ON, Andrea Grove, Harbour Track

Erinn Stenman-Fahey, 800m, Ottawa, ON, Lorraine McKenzie, Ottawa Lions

Alexandra Lucki, 1500m, Toronto, ON, Gary Westgate, Etobicoke Track and Field

Nicole Hutchinson, 1500m, Vancouver, BC, Cindy O’Krane, Hershey Harriers Athletics Club

Claire Smith, 3000m, Ottawa, ON, Kirk Dillabaugh, Ottawa Lions

Mirelle Martens, 3000m, Grande Prairie, AB, Bill Corcoran, Wolves Athletics Club

Anne-Marie Comeau, 5000m, Quebec, QC, Felix-Antoine Lapointe, Université Laval

Aurélie Dube-Lavoie, 5000m, Quebec, QC, Philippe Larochelle, Lavironde

Alexandra Aitken, 100mH, Clinton, ON, Sandy Cooper Ryder, London Legion Track and Field Club

Jaymie O’Connor, 100mH, Chateauguay, QC, Iouri Zrajevski, Athletica

Taysia Radoslav, 400mH, Stoney Creek, ON, Tom Bereza, Monte Cristo Track Club

Mariam Abdul-Rashid, 400mH, Oshawa, ON, Tony Sharpe, The Speed Academy

Jessy Lacourse, 3000m SC, Victoriaville, QC, Jacques Hince, Kalenjins

Charlotte Prouse, 3000m SC, London, ON, Janet Takahashi, London Legion Track Alliance

Noocile Jean, High Jump, Montreal, QC, Daniel St-Hilaire, Vainqueurs Plus

Madison Evans, Pole Vault, Calgary, AB, John Cannon, Calgary International Track Club

Magali Roche, Long Jump, Montreal, QC, Daniel St-Hilaire, Vainqueurs Plus

Angela Mercurio, Triple Jump, Kitchener, ON, Gary Pepin, Supreme Athletics

Sarah Mitton, Shot Put, Brooklyn, NS, Tammy Gaudet, Bluenose Athletics

Obeng Marfo, Shot Put/Discus, Etobicoke, ON, Jack Harkness, York University Track and Field Club

Haylea Salamon, Discus, Saskatoon, SK, Vince Salamon, Saskatoon Track and Field Club

Natasha Akbarizadeh, Hammer, Maple Ridge, BC, Brad Graham, Unattached

Cyerra Cassell, Hammer, Toronto, ON, Marie-Josee LeJour, Unattached

Ashley Pryke, Javelin, Peterborough, ON, Richard Parkinson, York University Track and Field Club

Teagan Rasche, Javelin , Port Coquitlam, BC, Tom Nielsen, Langley Mustangs

Sara Villani, Heptathalon, Brampton, ON, Vicky Croley, London Western Track Club

Allison Frantz, Heptathalon, Pointe-Claire, QC, Alfredo Villar-Sbaffi, St-Laurent Selects

Mandy Roach, 10,000 RW, Greenfield Park, QC, Robert Bonenberg, Club Athlétisme Rive-Sud     


Male athletes

Name, Event, Hometown, Coach, Club

Evan Ratzlaff, 100m/200m, Gretna, MB, Alex Gardiner, Bison Athletic Club

Matthew Leliever, 400m, Mississauga, ON, Tony Sharpe, The Speed Academy

Ramzi Abdullahi, 400m, Toronto, ON, Adrian Roberts, Nemean Lion Athletics Club

Robert Heppenstall, 800m, Hamilton, ON, Philip Steel, Monte Cristo

Shane Dillon, 800m, Winnipeg, MB, Andy Tough, Stride Ahead Tough Track

Braydon Rennie, 1500m, Mississauga, ON, Adam Hortian, Mississauga Track & Field

Alexander James, 1500m, Calgary, AB, Christine Laverty, Calgary Track & Field Club

Connor Black, 5000m, Guelph, ON, Jeff Haller, Speed River Track and Field Club

Royden Radowits, 5000m, Drayton Valley, AB, Sean Baynton, Legacy Athletics

Ehab El-Sandali, 10,000m, Toronto, ON , Gary Westgate, Etobicoke Track & Field Club

Matthew Coolen, 110mH, Halifax, NS, Mike Bawol, Halifast

Jackson Cheung, 110mH, Vancouver, BC, Jason Kerr, Vancouver Thunderbirds

Daniel Brady, 400mH, Toronto, ON, Stewart Stanford, Unattached

Matthew Bedard, 400mH, Kemptville, ON, Sasha Cesaratto, Ottawa Lions

Caleb DeJong, 3000m SC, Winnipeg, MB, Mark Bomba, Unattached

John Gay, 3000m SC, Kelowna, BC, Nathan Reiter, Okanagan Athletics Club

Steve Nkusi, High Jump, Ottawa, ON, Andy McInnis, Ottawa Lions

Hans Lafleur, High Jump, Ottawa, ON, Lotfi Khaida, C.A.N.I.

Tristan Slater, Pole Vault, North Bay, ON, Tracy Bailey, Project Athletics

Samuel Burton, Pole Vault, Ormstown,  QC, Tony Salmon, Montreal International

Brian Obonna, Triple Jump, Brampton, ON, Frank Bucca, Brampton Track Club

Patrick Hanna, Triple Jump, Roxboro, QC, Louri Zrajevski, Athletica

Andrew Martin, Shot Put, Strathroy, ON, John Allan, London Western

Ezana Debalkew, Discus, Toronto, ON, Kaitlyn Andrews, University of Toronto Track Club

Aaron Stroda, Hammer, Kelowna, BC, Verena Stroda, UNBC

Sam Coulson-Willett, Hammer, Victoria, BC, Sheldon Gmitroski, Pacific Athletics

Tyler Kostiuk, Javelin, Comox, BC, Graham Morfott, Comox Valley Cougars

Brent Reston, Javelin, Cloverdale, BC, Tom Nielsen, Langley Mustangs

Nathaniel Mechler, Decathalon, Goldstone, ON, Dermott Smith, First Attempt Jumps Academy

Kayden Johnson, Decathalon, Kerrobert, SK, Todd Johnston, Saskatoon Track & Field Club

Marek Adamowicz, 10,000 RW, St-Bruno, QC, Robert Bonenberg, Club d’Athlétisme Rive-Sud



Les Gramantik, Head Coach

Nick Stoffberg, Team Coach

Charles Allen, Team Coach

Tanya Daniels, Team Coach

Patrick Russell, Team Coach

Sheldon Gmitroski, Team Coach

Kurt Downes, Team Coach

Alison Beaton, Integrated Support Team

Trevor Adamus, Integrated Support Team

Alvin Bodnarchuk, Integrated Support Team

Ingrid Ruys-George, Team Leader

Alison Legenza, Team Manager

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