News

Cousins, Reelie and Gilbert to lead Canada at IPC and IAAF World Championships

Athletics Canada announced today that Kim Cousins of Calgary and Rick Reelie of Saskatoon will serve as Co-Head Coaches at the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Para Athletics Championships. Ottawa’s Glenroy Gilbert has been named Head Coach of the team that will compete at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships.

Both the IPC and IAAF World Championships will take place in London, England, with the IPC Worlds up first July 14-23, followed by the IAAF Worlds Aug. 4-13. 

“Heading into the Rio Paralympic Games, our goal was to move up in both medal count and overall country ranking, which was accomplished,” said IPC Worlds Co-Head Coach Rick Reelie. “It was a solid move in the right direction and we want to continue building off that.”

Kim Cousins, IPC Worlds Co-Head Coach, adds “I’m confident we will field a strong team. We have a good mix of veterans and up and coming athletes eager to make their mark on the international stage.”

“We have an experienced staff who understand the demands of high performance, and of athletes who are focused on continuing to deliver performance on demand at the highest level,” said IAAF Worlds Head Coach Glenroy Gilbert. “We have great momentum coming off our best Olympic Games in modern history, the focus continues to be high performance, driven by results.”

The IAAF World Championships team will be able to take advantage of two preparation camps. A main camp will be held July 23 to Aug. 1 in Guadalajara, Spain. An endurance focused camp will take place in St. Moritz, Switzerland, July 18 to Aug. 1.

Athletics Canada is in the final stages of hiring for the position of Chief Technical Officer. Once the Chief Technical Officer is in place, a permanent Head Coach will be hired. 

In 2015 at the last IPC World Championships, Canada won 11 medals, including four gold. Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., and Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que., will look to defend their world titles in London. Lakatos enters as the reigning World Champion in the T53 wheelchair 100-metres, 200-metres and 800-metres, while Ouellet is the current World Champion in the T13 5000-metres.

At the last IAAF World Championships, also held in 2015, Canada recorded its best medal haul pulling in a total of eight podiums to place seventh on the IAAF medal table. Shawn Barber of Toronto and Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., both won World Championships in the pole vault and high jump, respectively.   

The selection trials for the IAAF World Championships team are in Ottawa in early July. For more information visit www.athletics.ca/ottawa2017.

Back to releases

Last Tweet

@AthleticsCanada
More Tweets

AC on Instagram

  • Showing the fans some ❤️ with a little shake...and bake. @trevhofbauer wins the 🇨🇦 marathon title in his debut. #STWM
  • Your 2017 🇨🇦 marathon champs: @leslie.sexton & @trevhofbauer 🏆🥇
  • An inspiration to us all. A wall has been set up at the #STWM Expo for people to write memories and honour Ed Whitlock. #RememberingEd
  • Miss yesterday's big announcement? Check out www.athletics.ca for all the info about 2018 NACAC Champs/Track in Field in the 6ix #TF6ix (📸: @cdnpress/Nathan Denette)
  • #STWM Expo = Shop.Athletics.ca pop-up shop
Swing by our booth for GREAT deals on #ACTF running shoes, singlets and #TeamCanada gear.
  • @de6rasse speaking to the media about big time track and field returning to Toronto next summer. #TF6ix
  • Track and field stars from 31 countries descend on Toronto Aug. 10-12. Track & Field in the 6ix. #TF6ix
  • Who are you picking for the win at Sunday's 🇨🇦 Marathon Championships in Toronto? #STWM
  • Watch the 🇨🇦 Marathon Champs live on AthleticsCanada.tv this Sunday at 8:45AM Eastern. #STWM
  • Yesterday it was @justyn.knight and today it's @rory_linkletter taking the W. Back ✌🏽Back for 🇨🇦.
  • That's how @justyn.knight rolls...
  • #ACTBT to 1998 where Joël Bourgeois was 41st in the IAAF World Cross Country 4000-metre race in Morocco. 📸: George Aitken #tbt #throwbackthursday #runnerspace #instarunner #crosscountry #xc #athletics #canada
  • The 2017 Canadian Cross Country Championships return to Kingston, Ont., on Saturday, Nov. 25. Be fearless from start to finish by securing your spot on the start line today. www.athletics.ca #ACXC2017

Cette rencontre est de retour à Kingston en Ontario, le samedi 25 novembre. Joignez-vous à ce groupe de coureurs et assurez votre place dans cette course dès aujourd’hui. www.athletics.ca #ACXC2017
  • Gobble up the savings at Shop.Athletics.ca with 25% off storewide now through Oct. 12 (excluding clearance) #Thanksgiving #Thanks 
Discount code: THANKS

Les prix tombent comme les feuilles sur Shop.Athletics.ca avec 25% de réduction sur tous les articles jusqu’au 12 oct. (excluant la liquidation) #Actiondegrace #Merci #Thanks 
Code de réduction : THANKS
  • #ACTBT to 20 years ago. After winning gold at the Atlanta Olympics, the quartet of Donovan Bailey, Glenroy Gilbert, Bruny Surin and Robert Esmie won their 3rd consecutive global 4x100m relay title. #tbt #throwbackthursday #runnerspace #instarunner #trackandfield #athletics #canada
More moments

Visit our E-store

Follow us!