Athletics Canada nominates 15 athletes to compete at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018

OTTAWA Athletics Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, announced today the 15-member team nominated to represent Canada at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018. The Games will take place in the Argentine capital from Oct. 6 to Oct. 18 and will be the first Olympic event to feature the same number of male and female athletes.

The Canadian athletics team will feature five men and 10 women – the largest Canadian track and field team to participate in a YOG – who will compete in 15 of 38 events (12 events and on the track and three in the field). All athletics competitions will take place at Pista de Athletismo, located inside Youth Olympic Park, from Oct. 11 to Oct. 16.

“The Youth Olympic Games are a unique opportunity for our athletes to gain exposure on the world stage and learn how to adapt to the very complex and challenging environment of an international multi-sport event where they will be confronted with different customs, languages and cultures while trying to perform at their very best,” said head coach Alfredo Villar-Sbaffi.

“For most members of the team, these Games will be their second experience on a National Team after having competed at the Jamaica U18 Invitational in late June. It’s very hard to predict performances and rankings at this level as most athletes are still in the early phases of development and improving at a fast rate,” said Villar-Sbaffi. “Many on the team have the potential to rank very high and even win medals, however, our focus will be to help the athletes learn, grow and to develop the tools they will need in the future to perform at a major Games.”

Should a Canadian track and field athlete land on the podium in Buenos Aires, it will mark the first YOG medal in athletics for Canada. In 2010, Canada had three athletes finish in the Top 8 in Singapore, while 2014 saw four Top 8 finishes in Nanjing.

Canada’s track and field team will have a familiar face at the helm of Team Canada as its Chef de Mission in four-time Olympian Bruny Surin who won a gold medal in the men’s 4x100-metre relay in Atlanta in 1996. “My Olympic experiences were a defining part of my life and I look forward to this opportunity to give back to the Canadian sport community,” said Surin back in May when the Canadian Olympic Committee announced his appointment. “I look forward to leading our incredible next generation of Canadian Olympians.”

The list of Canadian track and field athletes nominated to the Buenos Aires 2018 team includes:





Personal Coach


Mérédith Boyer

Repentigny, Que.

Club d’athlétisme Lanaudière Olympique

Ariane Bouchard

2000m SC

Evan Burke

London, Ont.

London Western

Dave Mills


Adam Exley

Kitchener, Ont.

Invictus Athletics Club

Ray Riley


Dolly Gabri

Surrey, B.C.

South Surrey Athletics

Donald Allemeersch


Olivia Gee

Strathroy, Ont.

London Legion

Sandy Cooper-Ryder


Joakim Généreux

St-Constant, Que.

Kilomaitres de Lasalle

Colin Keith


Kendra Lewis

Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver Olympic Club

Besnik Mece


Julia Lovsin

Stony Plain, Alta.

Edmonton Harriers

George Allen


Jasneet Nijjar

Surrey, B.C.

Universal Athletics

Jessie Dosani


Donna Ntambue

Montréal, Que.

Vainqueurs Plus

Daniel St-Hilaire


Cameron Ormond

Aurora, Ont.

Newmarket Huskies Track Club

Sue Deighan


Princess Roberts

Airdrie, Alta.

Airdrie Aces Athletics

Jan Lips


Alexzandra Throndson

Toronto, Ont.

University of Toronto

Tom Moss

Pole vault

Lucas Woodhall

Mallorytown, Ont.

Brockville Legion Track and Field Club

Laura Sivers

Shot put

Skyler York

North Battleford, Sask.

Edmonton Harriers Track Club

Phil Booth

2000m SC

*All athletes, with the exception of Princess Roberts, competed in the Jamaican U18 Invitational (June 30-July 1)

Coaching Staff




Alfredo Villar-Sbaffi

Montréal, Que.

Head coach

Ingrid Ruys

Sherwood Park, Alta.

Team coach

Kristine Deacon

Cambridge, Ont.

Team manager

Please note, all nominations are subject to the approval of the Canadian Olympic Committee and pending any successful appeals during the seven-day period following the unofficial team announcement.

About the Summer Youth Olympic Games
The YOG bring together talented young athletes aged 15 to 18 from more than 200 countries around the world. An event distinct from other youth sports events, the YOG also integrate a unique Culture and Education Programme based around five main themes: Olympism, social responsibly, skills development, expression and well-being and healthy lifestyles. Buenos Aires 2018, the third summer YOG, will feature nearly 4,000 athletes in 241 events across 32 sports in 36 disciplines.

For more information on Buenos Aires 2018, visit or

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For more information, please contact:

Amanda Nigh, Athletics Canada

Joshua Su, Canadian Olympic Committee

Photi Sotiropoulos, Canadian Olympic Committee

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