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Athletics

Mohammed Ahmed

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: January 5, 1991
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Distance runner Mohammed Ahmed trains at the Bowerman Track Club in Portland, Oregon. He made his Olympic debut at London 2012 where he finished 18th in the 10,000m. He had a breakthrough performance the following year when he finished ninth at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. It was best-ever finish by a Canadian in the 10,000m at the world championships. After finishing second in the 5000m at the 2015 Canadian Championships, Ahmed won 10,000m gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. He was also the top Canadian in the 5000m at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, placing 12th. In September 2015 he broke the 17-year-old Canadian record in the 5000m, running 13:10.00 at a Diamond League meet in Brussels. Ahmed smashed his own mark by more than eight seconds in May 2016, running 13;01.74 at the Prefontaine classic in Eugene, Oregon. It was his second national record of 2016, having broken the nine-year-old indoor mark in the 3000m in February. As a junior, Ahmed won the 5000m at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships and finished fourth in the 10,000m at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton. He also owns the Canadian junior 10,000m record. He ran a personal best 27:34.64 in the 10,000m in April 2012. During his time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ahmed was a seven-time All-American and was the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after finishing third in the 10,000m at the NCAA Championships.

Shawn Barber

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: May 27, 1994
Birthplace: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
When pole vaulter Shawn Barber captured gold at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, he put his name in the history books as Canada’s first athletics world champion in anything other than a sprint event. A two-time Canadian champion, Barber had his international breakthrough at the 2012 World Junior Championships where he won pole vault bronze. He went on to make his senior world championship debut a year later and then captured bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It was on the NCAA circuit where Barber first made a name for himself while competing for Akron University. He won back-to-back NCAA indoor pole vault titles in 2014 and 2015, adding the outdoor title in 2015, earning him consecutive school Male Athlete of the Year honours. In 2015 he was a finalist for the Sullivan Award, presented by the American Amateur Athletic Union to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Barber had a series of record-breaking results in 2015. In February he cleared 5.88m indoors, breaking a 16-year-old NCAA record as well as the Canadian record. He then won the NCAA indoor title with another record vault of 5.91m. At his first outdoor meet of the year in March, he cleared 5.90m to win the Texas Relays, shattering his own Canadian outdoor record by 19cm. In May, he upped the Canadian outdoor record to 5.91m at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. Barber went on to win gold at Toronto 2015 with a Pan Am record vault of 5.80m. Just days later, he raised the Canadian record to 5.93m in London, England. Barber turned pro in September 2015, foregoing his final year of university eligibility.

Khamica Bingham

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: June 15, 1994
Birthplace: North York, Ontario
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Khamica Bingham enjoyed a stellar 2015 season. She anchored the 4x100m relay that broke the national record at the 2015 IAAF World Relays, running 42.85 seconds to finish fourth and qualify Canada for Rio 2016. As national 100m champion, she went on to anchor the 4x100m relay to bronze at the Pan Am Games in Toronto where she also finished sixth in the 100m, posting a personal best time of 11.13 seconds. She was also the anchor on the 4x100m relay that repeated their sixth place finish at the IAAF World Championships with a national record 42.60. Bingham was the only Canadian, male or female, to qualify for a 100m final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, coming back from a debilitating stomach virus at the height of her season. She won three gold medals at the 2014 CIS Championships, winning the 60m in meet record time, the 300m and the 4x200m relay. Bingham just missed the podium in the 100m at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships, finishing fourth one year after placing fifth at the IAAF World Youth Championships.

Melissa Bishop

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: August 5, 1988
Birthplace: Eganville, ON
Hometown: Eganville, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Melissa Bishop had a summer to remember in 2015. After winning 800m gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto, she went to the IAAF World Championships where she broke the 14-year-old national record in the distance, becoming the first Canadian to go below one minute 58 seconds with her time of 1:57.52. After that spectacular semifinal, she went on to win the silver medal in the final. It was quite a comeback for the runner who had missed the indoor season with a sports hernia that kept her out of training for seven weeks and then suffered an ankle injury in May that sidelined her for almost a month. It was the first time in her career she’d had to deal with a major injury, let alone two. Bishop made her Olympic debut at London 2012, the same year she first broke the two-minute mark in the 800m at the Prefontaine Classic. She won back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014 after finishing second at the 2012 Canadian Championships. She made her IAAF World Championship debut in 2013 before gaining more multi-sport competition experience at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. While representing the University of Windsor Lancers, Bishop won multiple gold medals in the 600m and 1000m at the CIS Championships.

Nathan Brannen

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012, Beijing 2008
Born: September 8, 1982
Birthplace: Cambridge, ON
Hometown: Cambridge, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
As a competitive kid, Nathan Brannen always had the drive to be an Olympian. While in elementary school, he and friends would often re-enact Olympic performances. He has now been to the Games twice, at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, making it to the semifinals of the 1500m both times. He was the captain of the track and field team at London 2012. Brannen has also competed at four editions of the IAAF World Championships, posting his best result in 2013 when he finished 10th in the 12-man 1500m final. In 2015 he competed at his first Pan Am Games, winning 1500m silver in Toronto and sharing the podium with bronze medallist teammate Charles Philibert-Thiboutot. He previously won a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. While attending the University of Michigan, Brannen was the school’s Athlete of the Year in 2003, a four-time NCAA Champion and 11-time All-American.

Aaron Brown

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: May 27, 1992
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Aaron Brown made his Olympic debut at London 2012 where he came within one spot of qualifying for the 200m final, finishing ninth by 0.05 seconds. One of the country’s top sprinters, Brown is a former Canadian record holder in the 200m. On June 11, 2016, he became just the fourth Canadian man to ever break the 10-second barrier in the 100m, running 9.96 at a meet in Florida. Brown made his senior IAAF World Championship debut in 2013, where he was part of the bronze medal 4x100m relay team. He ran the leadoff leg when Canada successfully defended that bronze in 2015. Earlier in 2015 he was the anchor of the 4x100m relay team that appeared to have won gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto before a lane violation led to disqualification. Brown had previously won 200m bronze at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships and 100m silver at the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships. At the 2011 Pan American Junior Championships, he won 100m bronze and 4x100m relay silver. Brown raced collegiately for the USC Trojans. As a senior, he won 100m bronze and 200m silver at the 2014 NCAA Championships.

Lucas Bruchet

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: February 23, 1991
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Lucas Bruchet is a relatively recent convert to distance running, having previously raced the middle distances of 800m and 1500m. Among his greatest highlights was running the 5000m final in front of 40,000 people at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia. That came just a couple of years after he considered giving up the sport. In his first few years at the University of British Columbia, he struggled with injuries, including stress fractures and a strained muscle in his hip, which caused him to miss the entire university track season as a sophomore. But he came back strong, winning the 1500m and finishing fifth in the 5000m at the North American Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Championships in 2012-13. That season he also finished third at the NAIA Cross-Country Championships before heading off to the 2013 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships. In 2014 he finished second in the 5000m at the Canadian Championships after being fourth in 2013. Bruchet’s third place finish in the 5000m at the 2015 Canadian Championships earned him a spot on the Pan Am Games team. He had another highlight moment in Toronto when he led for a lap during the final 1000m before ultimately finishing eighth. On June 12, 2016 he dropped more than five seconds off his previous personal best, running the 5000m in 13:24.10 to put him under the Olympic entry standard for Rio 2016.

Johnathan Cabral

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: December 31, 1992
Birthplace: Northridge, Oregon
Hometown: Peribonka, Quebec

BIOGRAPHY:
Johnathan Cabral has been dreaming of competing in the Olympic Games since he was four and first learned and saw what they were all about. A dual citizen, he represented the United States at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships. In his first year at the University of Oregon, Cabral was named Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year in 2011-12 after a superb rookie season that included a win at the Pac-12 Championships and appearances at the NCAA Championships and US Olympic Trials. In 2012-13 he was a first team All-American after finishing fifth in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Championships. Cabral ran a personal best 13.37 seconds to finish second in the 110m hurdles at the 2015 Canadian Championships. He then advanced to the final at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Later in the summer he matched his PB while running in the semifinals at his first IAAF World Championships. He lowered his personal best to 13.35 in April 2016.

Brittany Crew

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016
Born: March 6, 1994
Birthplace: Mississauga, ON
Hometown: East York, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Brittany Crew has dreamed of competing for Canada since she was seven. At first she wanted to play for the Canadian women’s soccer team but shifted her dreams after being encouraged to try shot put in high school. Crew quickly excelled at the sport, reaching the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships where she just missed the cut for the final. In 2014 she competed at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in Kamloops, winning bronze. The following year, Crew won gold at the CIS Championships and bronze at the FISU Summer Universiade. While her 2015 season was impressive, Crew won gold again at the CIS Championships in 2016, this time setting a national university record with a throw of 16.96m. In April 2016, Crew, a CIS First Team All-Canadian, became York’s first back-to-back female athlete of the year award winner in 31 years. She broke the 18-metre mark for the first time in winning the 2016 Canadian title with a personal best throw of 18.06 metres.

Derek Drouin

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: March 6, 1990
Birthplace: Sarnia, Ontario
Hometown: Corunna, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Derek Drouin won Canada’s lone athletics medal at London 2012 when he was part of a three-way tie for bronze after clearing 2.29m. It was Canada’s first Olympic high jump medal since Greg Joy’s silver at Montreal 1976. Despite it being his Olympic debut, Drouin was not content to just participate, instead taking the attitude of “why not me?” when it came to sizing up the podium contenders. Just a year earlier, he had torn three ligaments in his jumping foot and chipped a bone, requiring him to undergo surgery. Drouin solidified his spot amongst the world’s elite with his bronze medal at the 2013 IAAF World Championships. He reached a new career high in 2015 when he was crowned world champion just a month after winning gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto. Drouin had previously won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Earlier in 2014, Drouin broke his own Canadian record with a jump of 2.40m at the Drake Relays, making him one of just 12 men in history to reach that height. The mark had always been a career goal for him, one that if achieved, would tell him he was a real high jumper. In 2013, Drouin had won his record fifth NCAA high jump title while representing Indiana University, for which he was honoured with the Hoosiers’ Best Individual Performance of the Year as well as the school’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Evan Dunfee

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: September 28, 1990
Birthplace: Richmond, BC
Hometown: Richmond, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Evan Dunfee achieved a career highlight at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto where he won gold in the 20km race walk in front of family and friends, defeating teammate Inaki Gomez by one minute and 19 seconds. He went on to post a pair of 12th place finishes in both the 20km and 50km race walks at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. He closed the year by breaking the Canadian record in the 50km race walk in Melbourne, Australia. His mark of 3:43:45 was four minutes faster than the old record that had been held by Marcel Jobin since 1981. In May 2016, Dunfee joined with Gomez, Benjamin Thorne and Mathieu Bilodeau to win silver at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships. Dunfee, Gomez and Thorne had previously finished fourth, just one point off the podium, at the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup. He also set the Canadian 20km race walk record at 1:20:13 at that meet, a mark that would later be broken by Thorne and Gomez, but still stands as his personal best. Dunfee made his first national team in 2006, going on to compete at the IAAF World Championships at the youth (2007), junior (2008) and senior (2013, 2015) levels.

Phylicia George

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: November 16, 1987
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON
Hometown: Markham, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Phylicia George had her Olympic dream sparked by watching the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. After spending four years at the University of Connecticut, she had her breakthrough year in 2011 when she broke the 13-second barrier for the first time in the 100m hurdles. She finished second at the Canadian Championships, qualifying her for the IAAF World Championships where she made the final. At the 2012 Canadian Championships, she won the 100m and finished second in the 100m hurdles, qualifying her for the London Olympic Games in two events, although she ultimately decided to just focus on the hurdles. The decision paid off as she advanced to the final, finishing sixth with a personal best time of 12.65 seconds. George was forced to sit out the entire 2013 season with a hamstring problem. She had tendinopathy in her left leg and two tears in her right leg. After eight months of rehab, she was able to return to competition in 2014, which included a trip to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In 2015 she finished second at the Canadian championships before posting a fifth place finish at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. In her first trip to the IAAF World Championships in four years, she came just shy of advancing to the 100m hurdles final.

Liz Gleadle

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: December 5, 1988
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Liz Gleadle surprised many in her Olympic debut at London 2012 when she became the first Canadian woman to qualify for an Olympic javelin final since 1968. She was also Canada’s first female Olympian in javelin since 1988. But she had her true breakout season in 2014, after having missed all of 2013 with a back injury. She broke her Canadian record twice, finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, won bronze at the IAAF Continental Cup, and won gold at the Birmingham Grand Prix Diamond League event, competing against an elite international field. She improved her Canadian record to 64.83m in May 2015 before going on to win gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Later that summer, she made the final in her IAAF World Championship debut and won silver at the Diamond League final in Zurich, defeating the new world champion. Gleadle has won five Canadian titles (2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015). She competed at the 2005 IAAF World Youth Championships just one year after deciding to focus on track and field.

Inaki Gomez

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: January 16, 1988
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Inaki Gomez made his Olympic debut at London 2012 where he broke the Canadian record in the 20km race walk. His 13th place finish was the best Canadian result in the event since Guillaume LeBlanc’s silver at Barcelona 1992. His mark of 1:20:58 stood until May 2014 when it was broken by Evan Dunfee at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup. Gomez also surpassed his old record in finishing 12th, one spot behind Dunfee and one spot ahead of fellow Canadian Benjamin Thorne. Those placements helped Canada finish fourth in the team event, missing the podium by one point. Gomez had also been sidelined for seven months in 2014 with a tear in his left groin. In 2015 he finished one spot behind Dunfee to win silver at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. He went on to make his second straight appearance at the IAAF World Championships, after having debuted with a top-eight finish in 2013. In March 2016, Gomez again put his name in the Canadian record books, setting a mark of 1:19:20 in Japan to break the standard that Thorne had set in winning bronze at the 2015 World Championships by more than 30 seconds. In May 2016 he and teammates Dunfee, Thorne and Mathieu Bilodeau won silver at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships where he posted the seventh-fastest time in the 20km event.

Matthew Hughes

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: August 2, 1989
Birthplace: Oshawa, Ontario
Hometown: Oshawa, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Matthew Hughes had great hopes to qualify for London 2012 after making his IAAF World Championship debut in 2011. But despite finishing second in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2012 Canadian Championships, he did not have the standard needed for him to make his Olympic debut. That disappointment has become his major motivation. At the 2013 IAAF World Championships, he smashed the Canadian 3000m steeplechase record while finishing sixth. His time of 8:11.64 replaced the 8:12.58 mark of Graeme Fell which had stood since 1985. After just missing the podium at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Hughes stood on the top step at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, winning 3000m steeplechase gold ahead of teammate Alex Genest. He followed up with an eighth place finish at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. In 2010, Hughes became the University of Louisville’s first NCAA outdoor track and field champion. He successfully defended his NCAA 3000m steeplechase title in 2011. He won back-to-back-to-back Canadian titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Kimberly Hyacinthe

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: March 28, 1989
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec
Hometown: Terrebonne, Quebec

BIOGRAPHY:
Sprinter Kimberly Hyacinthe first represented Canada at the 2005 IAAF World Youth Championships, competing in the 100m and 200m. She competed at three editions of the Summer Universiade, winning 4x400m relay gold in 2009 and 200m gold in 2013, making her the first Canadian woman to win an individual gold medal in athletics at the World University Games. After making her IAAF World Championship debut in 2011, Hyacinthe was part of the 4x100m relay at the 2013 World Championships that set a Canadian record (42.99 seconds) in finishing sixth. She then helped the 4x100m relay team finish fourth at the 2015 IAAF World Relays, where they set another Canadian record (42.85 seconds) and qualified Canada in the event for Rio 2016. At that summer’s Pan Am Games in Toronto, she was part of the 4x100m relay team that won bronze and was the top Canadian woman in the 200m with her sixth place finish. Hyacinthe and the 4x100m relay team went on to place sixth at the 2015 World Championships, lowering the national record to 42.60 seconds.

Sekou Kaba

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: August 25, 1990
Birthplace: Conakry, Guinea
Hometown: Ottawa, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Sekou Kaba has wanted to represent Canada since he first arrived in the country and made the standard to compete at the IAAF World Youth Championships, but was i neligible because he was not yet a Canadian citizen. He watched his teammates on TV knowing that someday his opportunity would come. He received his Canadian citizenship in 2012 and represented his new country for the first time at the U23 NACAC meet in Mexico, despite being hindered that season by patellar tendinopathy. He achieved a career highlight at the 2013Jeux de la Francophonie where he won gold in the 110m hurdles, defeating 2005 World Champion Ladji Doucouré on his home soil in France. He also struggled that season with hamstring troubles in both legs. At the Canadian Championships, Kaba finished second in the 110m hurdles in 2012 and 2013 before placing third in 2014 and 2015, setting his personal best of 13.43 seconds at the latter. After he missed advancing to the 110m hurdles final at the 2015 Pan Am Games by just 0.02 of a second, Kaba made his IAAF World Championship debut in Beijing, reaching the semifinals. He won the 2014 CIS national title in the 60m hurdles, setting a CIS Championship record of 7.79 seconds, breaking a mark held by 1992 Olympic gold medallist Mark McKoy since 1984.

Geneviève Lalonde

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: September 5, 1995
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec
Hometown: Moncton, New Brunswick

BIOGRAPHY:
Geneviève Lalonde broke the Canadian record in the 3000m steeplechase on May 28, 2016, running 9:32.17 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. She’d enjoyed a breakout season in 2015 when she won bronze in the steeplechase at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and made her IAAF World Championship debut in Beijing. Lalonde is still the Canadian junior record holder in the 3000m steeplechase, having set the mark of 9:57.74 with her sixth place finish at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in her hometown of Moncton. She went on to win bronze at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie. Lalonde has battled through more than 10 stress fractures in her career.

Lanni Marchant

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: August 11, 1984
Birthplace: London, Ontario
Hometown: London, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Lanni Marchant is the current Canadian record holder in both the marathon and half marathon. She set the national marathon mark at 2:28:00 in October 2013 in Toronto, breaking a 28-year-old record, and the half marathon mark at 1:10:47 in March 2014 in Nashville. She finished fourth in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after making her IAAF World Championship debut in 2013. Marchant won the 2015 Canadian 10km title after finishing second in 2014. Her winning time of 31:48 was just four seconds shy of the Canadian record. Two weeks later she won the 2015 Canadian Half Marathon title. Marchant went on to win 10,000m bronze at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and competed in the long distance track event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. Marchant is the third fastest Canadian woman all time in the 10,000m on the track. Diagnosed with osteoporosis during her junior year of university, she has overcome numerous injuries in her career, including a broken femur, fractured tibia and a fractured pelvis in 2009.

Mike Mason

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012, Beijing 2008
Born: September 30, 1986
Birthplace: New Westminster, BC
Hometown: Nanoose Bay, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Mike Mason has been one of Canada’s top high jumpers since he won gold at the 2004 IAAF World Junior Championships. He has gone on to be a two-time Olympian, making it to the final at London 2012 where he finished eighth. He also finished eighth at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Mason achieved a career highlight with his bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The next summer he added a silver medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, finishing only behind teammate Derek Drouin. Less than two weeks earlier he had recorded a personal best jump of 2.33m in Edmonton, a height he would match in August, ahead of the IAAF World Championships. After winning silver at the 2009 Summer Universiade, Mason had to undergo surgery in December 2010 to remove a bone chip in the ankle of his takeoff foot. It took a full year to recover, during which time he considered quitting his sport before deciding he would persevere.

Taylor Milne

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Beijing 2008
Born: September 14, 1981
Birthplace: North Bay, Ontario
Hometown: Callander, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Taylor Milne made his Olympic debut at Beijing 2008 where he competed in the 1500m. He had set a championship record in the distance of 3:38.03 in winning the national trials. But after missing out on qualifying for London 2012, he had to decide whether it was time to leave the sport behind. He stayed in track and field, but transitioned to the 3000m steeplechase in 2013. He set a personal best of 8:19.90 in July 2015 and competed at the IAAF World Championships that August, but did not advance from the heats. Milne first represented Canada in 2006 at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Tim Nedow

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: October 16, 1990
Birthplace: Brockville, Ontario
Hometown: Brockville, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Tim Nedow made his international debut at the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships where he won bronze in shot put. He went on to compete at the 2011 and 2013 Summer Universiades before making his first appearance at a senior global event, the 2013 IAAF World Championships. He capped his 2013 season with a bronze medal in the shot put at the Jeux de la Francophonie. He added another bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In 2015 Nedow became a seven-time Canadian champion. He had earned his first national title in discus in 2012, but didn’t have the standard needed to qualify for London 2012. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 he was a double national champion in both discus and shot put. He competed in both events at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, winning silver in his primary event, the shot put, and setting a personal best of 61.49m in the discus. After not advancing to the shot put final at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, Nedow had a strong start in 2016. In January he broke the 21-metre mark for the first time before setting his personal best at 21.33m in February, both times indoors. He finished first in the shot put in the IAAF World Indoor Tour and placed seventh at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Christabel Nettey

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: June 2, 1991
Birthplace: Brampton, Ontario
Hometown: Surrey, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
When Christabel Nettey was a young track and field athlete, she would watch the Olympic Games or other high profile events on TV and dream of being the person out there competing for Canada while the world watched. She made her first Canadian team at age 14 when she competed at the 2007 IAAF World Youth Championships in long jump and 100m hurdles. The excitement of making that team motivated her to work hard so that one day she could compete on the biggest stages. In 2013 she finished second at the NCAA Championships while attending Arizona State University. She went on to in bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2015 she set the Canadian record, both indoors and outdoors, at 6.99m. The outdoor mark came in her second place finish at the Prefontaine Classic in late May, a Diamond League event. Nettey won gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games with a long jump of 6.90m, beating second place by more than 20cm. She went on to post a career-best result at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, finishing fourth with a leap of 6.95m that was just 6cm shy of the podium.

Jessica O’Connell

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born:February 10, 1989
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY:
With a high fitness level thanks to her dance background, Jessica O’Connell stood on the podium at her first ever junior nationals. She had always been infatuated by the Olympic Games, so those results made her realize that with a little hard work, competing for Team Canada was possible. She represented Canada at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships. After running a personal best 15:13.21 in the 5000m in May 2014, she went on to finish 10th in the event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She then improved upon that personal best in May 2015, running 15:06.44 to make her the fourth-fastest Canadian all-time in the 5000m. But while enjoying the best season of her career, she suffered acute Achilles tendonitis during an easy practice in June 2015. That forced her to withdraw from the Canadian championships and what was to be her debut at the IAAF World Championships. She was able to compete at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, which she entered as the top-ranked runner in the 5000m, but the injury had forced her to change her training and she couldn’t race at her full potential. In her longest run in three weeks, she finished a disappointing seventh, but was still the highest-placing Canadian and proud of her fight. It took her five months to return to full training.

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: December 31, 1990
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec
Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec

BIOGRAPHY:
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot has recently established himself as one of Canada’s top middle distance runners. In 2012 he finished second in the 1500m at both the CIS Championships and the NACAC U23 meet. In 2014 he was crowned CIS Champion in the 1500m and finished second at the senior Canadian Championships. He also competed at the 2014 World University Cross-Country Championships. In 2015 he again finished second in the 1500m at the Canadian championships. Soon thereafter he ran his personal best time in the distance, 3:34.23, just one week before capturing bronze at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. He made his IAAF World Championship debut later in the summer, running the 10th-fastest time in the semifinals but unable to advance to the final.

Gabriela Stafford

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016
Born: September 13, 1995
Birthplace: London, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
In her first time racing as a senior at the Canadian championships, Gabriela Stafford won the 1500m national title in 2016, just a month after running a personal best 4:06.53 to go under the Olympic entry standard for Rio. As the Canadian junior silver medallist in the 1500m, Stafford competed at the 2013 Junior Pan American Championships. She also competed at that year’s world junior cross country championships. In 2014 Stafford won the junior national title in the 3000m and broke into the top-10 at the IAAF World Junior Championships. While representing the University of Toronto, Stafford finished second in the 1000m and third in the 1500m at the 2015 CIS Championships. She went on to win silver in the 1500m at the 2015 World University Games. In 2016 she won the CIS titles in both distances, earning outstanding female athlete of the meet honours, as the U of T women won the national banner.

Heather Steacy

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: April 14, 1988
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY:
Heather Steacy made her Olympic debut at London 2012 where she was joined on the team by older brother Jim. She first represented Canada at the 2005 IAAF World Youth Championships before winning bronze at the 2007 Pan American Junior Championships. She captured hammer throw gold at the 2009 Canada Games. Steacy was the Canadian champion in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She won bronze at the 2015 Canadian Championships after placing fourth in 2014 and second in 2013. In 2011 she represented Canada at both the IAAF World Championships and the Summer Universiade. In her Pan Am Games debut at Toronto 2015, Steacy faulted on all three of her attempts, recording no measurement.

Hilary Stellingwerff

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, London 2012
Born: August 7, 1981
Birthplace: London, Ontario
Hometown: Victoria, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Since her first ever competition, where she saw a club teammate qualify for the world championships, Hilary Stellingwerff has been keen to see how far she could go. Since then, she has competed in multiple Canadian championships, holding a spot on the 1500m podium for eight straight years, which included gold medals in 2007 and 2008 to go along with five silver medals (2005-06, 2009, 2011-12) and one bronze (2010). After giving birth to son Theo in June 2014, she returned to competition in 2015, only to have to end her season early with a stress fracture in her left fibula. In 2016 she got herself back on the national podium, finishing third in the 1500m. After making her IAAF World Championships debut in 2007, Stellingwerff made her first Olympic team in 2012. She had overcome food poisoning to set a personal best at the Diamond League meet in Rome to secure the Olympic entry standard. In London, she advanced to the semifinals of the 1500m.

Taryn Suttie

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: December 7, 1990
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Hometown: Hanley, Saskatchewan

BIOGRAPHY:
Taryn Suttie was a double gold medallist at the 2011 CIS Championships where she was victorious in the hammer throw and shot put. She was named Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet and CIS Female Field Athlete of the Year. Suttie also won shot put bronze at the 2012 NACAC U23 meet. She captured the Canadian title in 2015 after placing second in 2012 and 2014. She had been third in 2011 and 2013. After setting her shot put personal best at 17.61m in April 2015, Suttie made her Pan Am Games debut later that summer in Toronto where she finished ahead of Canadian record holder Julie Labonté. She raised her PB to 17.88m in April 2016.

Erin Teschuk

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: October 25, 1994
Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

BIOGRAPHY:
Erin Teschuk won the 2015 Canadian title in the 3000m steeplechase after a breakthrough season for the North Dakota State University Bisons. As a junior, she became the first woman in the school’s history to qualify for the NCAA Championships in cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track. She earned three first team All-America honours in 2015, the most ever by a Bison. After finishing in the top eight in the mile and the 3000m at the NCAA Indoor Championships, she ran a personal best 9:42.15 to finish fifth in the 3000m steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Teschuk followed her 2015 collegiate season with a fourth place finish in the steeplechase at the Pan Am Games in Toronto before making her IAAF World Championship debut where she ran a personal best 9:40.07. In 2016 Teschuk finished eighth in the 3000m steeplechase at the NCAA Championships before successfully defending her Canadian title. Teschuk had been a silver medallist in the 2000m steeplechase at the 2013 Canada Games.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: December 18, 1988
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Hometown: Humboldt, Saskatchewan

BIOGRAPHY:
Brianne Theisen-Eaton is the Canadian record holder in the heptathlon, setting the mark of 6808 points in winning the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria in May 2015. She broke her own national record of 6641 points which she had set in Götzis in 2014. She had previously won the Hypo-Meeting in 2013 and added a third title in 2016, scoring 6765. That came after she won her first IAAF World Indoor title with a personal best score in the pentathlon in Portland, where she had been a university star. Theisen-Eaton made her Olympic debut at London 2012, where she finished 11th. A year later she stood on the podium at the IAAF World Championships with a silver medal. She won her second straight silver in 2015, coming back from fourth place after the first day of competition. Earlier in the summer she had chosen not to compete in the heptathlon at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, instead winning bronze with the 4x400m relay and finishing fourth in the long jump. In 2014 she had captured silver in the pentathlon at the world indoor championships before winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Theisen-Eaton enjoyed an incredible collegiate career at the University of Oregon where she won three NCAA heptathlon titles, her third coming in 2012 after she had missed the 2011 season with a back injury. She also won three NCAA pentathlon titles as well as one with the 4x400m relay, making her the first Canadian woman to win seven NCAA championships.

Ben Thorne

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016
Born: March 19, 1993
Birthplace: Kitimat, BC
Hometown: Kitimat, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Once upon a time Ben Thorne wanted to become a sprinter like Donovan Bailey, but neither that nor his dream of being an elite cross-country skier worked out. Instead, he has become one of the best race walkers in Canadian history. After being left off the two-man 20km race walk team for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Thorne won the bronze medal in the event at the IAAF World Championships, easily surpassing his ambitions for a top-eight finish. Not only did that jumpstart Canada’s record eight-medal performance in Beijing, he became the first Canadian to break the 80-minute barrier, setting a then-national record in the 20km race walk of one hour 19 minutes and 57 seconds. It was Canada’s first ever world championship race walk medal. Thorne lowered his personal best by two seconds at the 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships where he finished fifth individually in the 20km race walk and won team silver with Evan Dunfee, Inaki Gomez and Mathieu Bilodeau. Thorne has worked hard to fix his technique so that he doesn’t get disqualified as happened quite often when he was a junior, including at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships. Thorne is a two-time medallist at the Summer Universiade, winning team bronze in 2013 and an individual 20km race walk silver in 2015.

Damian Warner

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: November 4, 1989
Birthplace: London, Ontario
Hometown: London, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Damian Warner enjoyed a sensational summer in 2015. First came a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto where he broke the national decathlon record that had stood since 1996 with his score of 8659 points. Just a month later he improved on that national record, earning 8695 points to win silver at the IAAF World Championships behind only a world record performance by American Ashton Eaton. He recorded personal best marks in the pole vault, long jump and shot put. Warner had surpassed all expectations when he finished fifth in his Olympic debut in the grueling two-day decathlon at London 2012. It was the second-best Olympic finish ever by a Canadian decathlete, behind Dave Steen’s bronze at Seoul 1988. He beat his previous personal best score by more than 300 points, thanks to personal best marks in six of the 10 events (400m, 1500m, high jump, long jump, discus, javelin). He improved his personal best to 8512 points in winning bronze at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, thanks to personal best marks in shot put, pole vault, and javelin. Warner achieved another career highlight in 2013 when he won the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria. He added a second Götzis title in 2016 when he lowered his 100m personal best to 10.15 seconds, the fastest ever recorded by a decathlete. In 2014 Warner won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Warner won the first of three consecutive Canadian decathlon titles in 2011.

Sage Watson

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: June 20, 1994
Birthplace: Medicine Hat, Alberta
Hometown: Medicine Hat, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY:
Sage Watson won three medals as the captain of the Canadian team at the 2013 Junior Pan American Championships where she captured gold in the 400m hurdles, silver in the 4x400m relay, and bronze in the 400m. After finishing third in the 400m hurdles at the 2015 Canadian Championships, Watson posted a 10th place finish in the event at the Pan Am Games in Toronto where she also ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay, helping Canada win the bronze medal. She went on to make her IAAF World Championship debut in Beijing, advancing to the semifinals of the 400m hurdles and reaching the final with the 4x400m relay. She broke the 55-second mark in the 400m hurdles in May 2016, recording a personal best time of 54.82 seconds. Watson enjoyed an outstanding freshman season at Florida State University in 2013, where she is studying Business Marketing. She was named a second team All-American at the NCAA Outdoor Championships where she finished 12th in the 400m hurdles. She was runner-up in the 400m hurdles at the ACC Championships and was named ACC Freshman Track Athlete of the Year. After missing nearly all of 2014 with a foot injury, Watson returned to earn second team All-American honours after helping the Seminoles 4x400m relay finish ninth at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Christopher Winter

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016
Born: July 22, 1986
Birthplace: North Vancouver, BC
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
After being crowned the Canadian junior champion in the 1500m steeplechase, 3000m and 3000m steeplechase, Chris Winter won a bronze medal in the 2000m steeplechase at the 2003 IAAF World Youth Championships. He continued his athletic career at the University of Oregon where he excelled with four top-five finishes in the steeplechase at the Pac-10 Championships, including a victory in 2009. He made the NCAA finals twice in 2008 and 2009. After competing in the junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2004 and 2005, Winter competed in the senior race in 2013. That same year he made his debut at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, competing in the 3000m steeplechase. In 2014, Winter finished sixth in the steeplechase at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and won the Canadian cross country title. Winter stood on the steeplechase podium at the Canadian championships in 2012 (bronze), 2013 (silver), and 2014 (bronze) after missing most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons with injuries. He set a personal best of 8:26.55 in the 3000m steeplechase in July 2015 to go under the Olympic entry standard for Rio 2016.

Natasha Wodak

Athletics

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: December 17, 1981
Birthplace: Surrey, BC
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Coming back after missing almost an entire year of racing due to plantar fasciitis and peroneal tendonitis. Natasha Wodak enjoyed a career year in 2015. In May she set the Canadian record in the 10,000m at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, California, running 31:41.59. It was her first track race in almost two years and she had no idea she was on national record pace until the bell lap. She then finished second at the Canadian 10km Championships with a personal best time of 31:58 and was also second at the Canadian Half Marathon Championships, a distance in which she had achieved a personal best in New York City in March. But just before flying to Toronto for the 2015 Pan Am Games, Wodak was struck by illness, leaving her unable to eat much which led to a weight drop. Feeling weak and unfocused, she competed anyways and finished seventh. She then grinded through her first 10,000m at an IAAF World Championships, forcing herself to finish rather than drop out with nine laps to go. Looking to end her season on a high, Wodak won the Canadian 5km Championships. In late January 2016, she was diagnosed with a stress reaction in her foot, which was followed by another bout of illness which left her unable to race until May.

Basketball (Women)

Kim Gaucher

Basketball

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: May 7, 1984
Birthplace: Surrey, BC
Hometown: Mission, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Kim Gaucher has been playing with the senior women’s national team since 2001. Her career highlight came over a decade later when she helped them qualify for London 2012, the first Olympic tournament for the Canadian women since 2000. In six games played, Gaucher led the team with 13.8 points per game and a 57.7 field goal percentage. Her other multi-sport Games experience includes the 2003 Pan Am Games as well as the 2015 Pan Am Games where Gaucher led the team with 27 rebounds and contributed 7.4 points per game as Canada won gold. She was also amongst the team leaders with 33 rebounds at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship where Canada won gold to qualify for Rio 2016. . Gaucher has played in three FIBA World Championships, including 2014 when she led the team in total points (62) and the Canadian women finished fifth for their best result since 1986. Gaucher played collegiately at Utah where she was recognized as an Honorable Mention WBCA All-American in each of her four seasons. She was also a CoSIDA Academic All-American and named Mountain-West Conference player of the year four consecutive times. Gaucher finished as the highest scorer in Utah history with 2281 points and was honoured as the first female athlete to have her jersey retired by the university. Gaucher was a first-round selection in the 2006 WNBA Draft, going to the Sacramento Monarchs with the 13th pick, where she played three seasons and became the first Canadian to appear in a WNBA Finals. Gaucher has since played professionally in Belgium (2007-08), Spain (2010-11), Hungary (2014-15) and France (2012-14, 2015-present5).

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe

Basketball

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: August 29, 1991
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Hometown: Penticton, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe has wanted to play for Team Canada since she joined the performance centre roster at age 16 and was handed her first jersey with the Canada Basketball logo. As a member of the national development team she competed at the 2011 Universiade, averaging 16.1 minutes per game. As a university freshman, Raincock-Ekunwe helped Simon Fraser win the CIS national title in 2009-10, the last year before the school joined the NCAA. Her collegiate career was so impressive that her jersey from the 2012-13 season, when she led SFU to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16, was hung in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee. She gained her first experience with the senior national team in exhibition games leading up to the 2013 FIBA Americas tournament. In 2015 she represented Canada at the Pan American Games in Toronto, as well as at the FIBA Americas Championship, winning a pair of gold medals. Raincock-Ekunwe played professionally in Switzerland in 2013-14 before moving to Germany (2014-16) and then onto Australia in 2016.

Cycling

Laura Brown

Cycling – Track

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: November 27, 1986
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
As a young gymnast, Laura Brown always wanted to compete at the Olympic Games. But after a back injury as a teenager, she switched sports and started cycling at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. While there, she watched Canada’s top speed skaters (including Clara Hughes, Catriona Le May Doan and Cindy Klassen) train before heading off to win multiple medals at Salt Lake City 2002. Those “superheroes” fired up her Olympic dream. Brown first represented Canada during the 2009-10 season, which included her world championship debut as part of the team pursuit. She travelled to London with the 2012 Olympic team but was an alternate to the bronze medal-winning team pursuit. Brown went on to win a pair of world championship medals in the team pursuit, bronze in 2013 and silver in 2014. She was struck by injury in September 2014, breaking her collarbone and arm while rupturing several ligaments in her shoulder on the day before she was set to leave for the Pan American Championships. That caused her to miss the entire 2014-15 season. Her first competition back was the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, where she won her second straight Pan Am Games gold medal in the team pursuit. She also just missed the podium in the road cycling time trial, after having won bronze at Guadalajara 2011.

Tory Nyhaug – BMX

Cycling

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: April 17, 1992
Birthplace: New Westminster, BC
Hometown: Coquitlam, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Tory Nyhaug was just 20 when he made his Olympic debut at London 2012 as Canada’s lone BMX racer. He was lucky to even get to the Games, having ruptured his spleen for the second time just 11 weeks earlier, which caused him to miss the world championships. The decision was made to remove the organ and one week after surgery he resumed training. Nyhaug made his UCI World Championship debut in 2011, having missed the 2010 event and the inaugural Youth Olympic Games due to his first spleen rupture. He had a breakthrough in 2013 when he reached his first World Cup podiums, finishing second in Manchester and Chula Vista, and advanced to the world championship final. The improvement continued in 2014 when he won world championship silver and recorded two more podium results in Manchester and Santiago. Nyhaug estimates he’s broken 15-20 bones in his life, including both arms as a 14-year-old. He was back racing just seven weeks later. That resilience shone again after he badly broke his left foot in November 2014 and underwent surgery to have six screws implanted. He was on crutches for three months and returned to the track in April. That meant he went to the Pan Am Games in Toronto with just a few warmup competitions but he was able to win gold at home, defeating a notable field that included Americans Nicholas Long and Connor Fields. Nyhaug started 2016 with three straight time trial wins at the first three World Cup events of the season.

Catharine Pendrel

Cycling – Mountain Bike

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012, Beijing 2008
Born: September 30, 1980
Birthplace: Fredericton, NB
Hometown: Kamloops, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Two-time Olympian Catharine Pendrel enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2014, winning her second world title as well as the Commonwealth Games gold medal. The victories were even sweeter because she had to come back from a broken collarbone for the second straight year. She also finished in the top-three in the overall World Cup standings, something she had achieved each year dating back to 2008 (except 2013). Highlighting that streak was winning the overall World Cup title in 2010 and 2012. Pendrel won gold at the 2007 Pan Am Games before narrowly missing the podium at Beijing 2008. She entered London 2012 as the reigning world champion but finished ninth. In 2015, Pendrel won silver at the Pan Am Games behind Canadian teammate Emily Batty, finished fourth in the overall World Cup standings (on the strength of three podiums in six races) and posted a fifth place finish at the world championships.

Georgia Simmerling

Cycling – Track

Games: Rio 2016, Sochi 2014, Vancouver 2010
Born: March 11, 1989
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: West Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Georgia Simmerling is set to make history at Rio 2016 by becoming the first Canadian athlete to compete in three different sports in three different Olympic Games. She made her Olympic debut in alpine skiing at Vancouver 2010 before switching over to the “dark side” of ski racing in 2011 to compete in ski cross, in which she advanced to the 1/8 finals at Sochi 2014. But after breaking her wrist at the world championships in late January 2015, she decided to start her summer Olympic journey. Simmerling had already done a couple of camps with the track cycling development program and knew that she would be a better fit for endurance racing than sprint racing. With plates and screws in her wrist, she started training on her bike within a week of undergoing surgery. She made her World Cup debut as a track cyclist in Hong Kong in January 2016, winning team pursuit gold alongside Jasmin Glaesser, Laura Brown and Steph Roorda. She went on to win team pursuit silver at the 2016 UCI World Championships with Allison Beveridge, Jasmin Glaesser and Kirsti Lay. As a ski cross racer, Simmerling had stood on five World Cup podiums. She is also no stranger to injury, having sustained a concussion and MCL damage in both knees late in the 2010-11 alpine skiing season. In February 2012 she caught an edge during a ski cross race and fell, breaking three vertebrae (C7, T2, T3) in her neck and back. She was in an upper body and neck brace for seven weeks but did not require surgery.

Field Hockey (Men)

Brenden Bissett

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: January 28, 1993
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: New Westminiter, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Brenden Bissett is one of the newest additions to the senior national team, having earned more than 45 caps since making his international debut in 2011. Most of Bissett’s international experience has come at the junior level, including a silver medal at the 2012 Junior Pan American Championship and an appearance at the 2013 FIH Junior World Cup. Bissett was part of the senior squad that won silver at the 2015 Pan Am Games, scoring one goal in the tournament. A few weeks earlier he was on the team that defeated New Zealand in a shootout in the quarterfinals of the FIH World League Semifinals, a win that would eventually secure Canada’s qualification for Rio 2016. He also participated in the World League Final later in the year.

David Carter

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: November 4, 1981
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
David Carter has more than 125 caps with the senior national team since making his debut in 2007. He led Canada to gold at the 2009 Pan American Cup, being named Goaltender of the Tournament as Canada qualified for the 2010 FIH World Cup. Carter started three of Canada’s five games at Guadalajara 2011, recording two shutouts, as Canada won the silver medal. As Canada’s only goalkeeper at Toronto 2015, he allowed just two goals in three pool games. He recorded his second shutout of the tournament in the quarterfinals and held Brazil scoreless throughout regulation time in the semifinal as Canada went on to win the silver medal. He earned another silver medal at the 2013 Pan American Cup. Carter has also competed at two Commonwealth Games.

Taylor Curran

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: May 19, 1992
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Taylor Curran has more than 105 senior national team caps since making his international debut in 2009. Less than a year later he was on the roster competing at the 2010 FIH World Cup. In 2011 Curran had surgery for compartment syndrome in both of his shins. That injury bothered him off and on over the next couple of years, during which he competed with both the junior and senior national teams. That included winning back-to-back silver medals at the junior Pan Am Championships in 2012 and the senior Pan American Cup in 2013. He also competed at the FIH Junior World Cup in 2013. Curran was part of Canada’s second place finish at the 2014 Champions Challenge 1 in Malaysia, a qualifying tournament for the Champions Trophy. He also made his Commonwealth Games debut in 2014. Curran was part of Canada’s silver medal-winning team at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where he started two games. Just a few weeks earlier, he was on the Canadian team that beat New Zealand in a shootout in the quarterfinals of the FIH World League Semifinals. That win would eventually secure the team’s qualification for Rio 2016.

Adam Froese

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: August 13, 1991
Birthplace: Subang Jaya, Malaysia
Hometown: Abbotsford, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Adam Froese has more than 130 senior national caps since making his debut in 2009. While growing up in Australia, his Canadian father brought him and his brother to Calgary to play in a U19 nationals. They were scouted, but his father kept that a secret until he was 17 and could tell him there was an opportunity to play for Canada. He was then able to achieve a childhood dream of playing in the Commonwealth Games in 2010, following up with a trip to Glasgow in 2014. Froese was also part of the Canadian team that won silver at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara as well as at the 2013 Pan American Cup. In 2014 he scored the shootout winner versus Malaysia in the semifinal of the Champions Challenge 1. Canada went on to finish second in the tournament that was a qualifier for the Champions Trophy. Froese scored one goal as Canada won silver at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Just a few weeks earlier, he had scored the game-winning goal in Canada’s shootout victory over New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the FIH World League Semifinals. That win would secure Canada’s qualification for Rio 2016.

Jagdish Gill

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016
Born: December 5, 1984
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Hometown: Toronto, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Jagdish Gill has more than 50 senior national caps since making his international debut in 2011 when he helped Canada win silver at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara. In late 2015 he was a member of the team that finished eighth overall at the FIH World League Final, which happened to be played in his birth country of India.

Matthew Guest

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: April 26, 1985
Birthplace: Shepparton, Australia
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Matthew Guest has more than 110 senior national caps since making his debut in 2008. He helped Canada win the silver medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, scoring a hat trick in Canada’s opening match victory over Trinidad and Tobago. He ended the tournament as Canada’s second-leading scorer with seven goals. He scored three more goals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where Canada again won silver. Just a couple of weeks earlier, Guest had competed with the squad that defeated New Zealand in a quarterfinal shootout at the FIH World League Semifinals, a win that would eventually secure Canada’s qualification for Rio 2016. Guest has also made two Commonwealth Games appearances, in 2010 and 2014. He was part of Canada’s silver medal run at the 2013 Pan Am Cup and the second place finish at the 2014 Champions Challenge 1 in Malaysia. Guest has dealt with numerous significant injuries since a displaced left thumb fracture in 2013 that required pinning. He spent a large portion of 2015 on the sidelines with injuries that seemed to come just as previous ones were healing. There were two head injuries, one resulting in bleeding around the brain. He fractured his thumb again, and then in a separate injury, ruptured ligaments in that same thumb which required surgery.

Gabriel Ho-Garcia

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: May 19, 1993
Birthplace: Burnaby, BC
Hometown: Burnaby, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Gabriel Ho-Garcia has more than 75 senior national caps since making his debut at the 2011 Champions Challenge. He has since played for both the junior and senior national teams. In 2012 he helped Canada win silver at the junior Pan American Championship and then was part of the squad that competed at the 2013 FIH Junior World Cup. He made his international multi-sport competition debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after being part of Canada’s second place finish at the 2014 Champions Challenge 1 in Malaysia,where he was named the best junior player in the tournament. In 2015, Ho-Garcia was part of the Canadian team that defeated New Zealand in a quarterfinal shootout at the FIH World League Semifinals. That win would eventually secure Canada’s qualification for Rio 2016. A few weeks later, Ho-Garcia was Canada’s leading scorer with five goals as the team won silver at the Pan American Games in Toronto.

Gordon Johnston

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: January 30, 1993
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Gordon Johnston has more than 85 senior national caps since making his debut in 2011. He then competed with both the junior and senior national teams, helping Canada win silver at the 2012 Junior Pan American Championship before competing at the 2013 FIH Junior World Cup. He made his international multi-sport competition debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after being part of Canada’s second place finish at the 2014 Champions Challenge 1 in Malaysia. In June 2015 he scored on all three of his shots in the shootout of Canada’s quarterfinal victory over New Zealand in the FIH World League Semifinals. That win would eventually secure the team’s qualification for Rio 2016. He also scored in the shootout of Canada’s semifinal win over Brazil at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto as the team went on to win silver.

Benjamin Martin

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: April 18, 1987
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Benjamin Martin has more than 90 senior national caps since making his debut in 2009. That year he helped Canada win gold at the Pan American Cup, qualifying the team for the 2010 FIH World Cup. In 2011 a hip flexor injury kept him out of action for six months, but after successful rehab, he , returned to the national team and helped Canada win silver at the 2013 Pan American Cup.. In 2014 he competed at the Commonwealth Games as well as at the Champions Challenge 1 in Malaysia where Canada finished second. Martin played with the UBC Thunderbirds for six years before joining the Vancouver Hawks of the Vancouver League, serving as captain in 2013. In 2015 Martin was an integral part of the Canadian team that qualified for Rio 2016 with a shootout victory over New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the FIH World League Semifinals. He was also part of the team that took home a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Devohn Noronha Teixeira

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: February 9, 1989
Birthplace: Mississauga, ON
Hometown: Mississauga, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Devohn Noronha Teixeira has more than 65 senior national caps since making his debut in 2009. That year he helped Canada win gold at the Pan American Cup, qualifying the team for the 2010 FIH World Cup. He made his first multi-sport competition appearance at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. After representing Canada at the Champions Challenge 1 in 2011, Noronha Teixeira didn’t make another international appearance until 2015 when he was part of the squad that competed in the FIH World League. That included Canada’s shootout victory over New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the World League Semifinals, a win that would eventually secure the team’s qualification for Rio 2016. A few weeks later, Noronha Teixeira helped Canada win silver at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, scoring in the semifinal shootout against Brazil. Noronha Teixeira has been a key figure on the Canadian indoor team, competing at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups.

Sukhi Panesar

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: December 26, 1993
Birthplace: Surrey, BC
Hometown: Surrey, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Sukhi Panesar has more than 65 senior national team caps since making his debut in 2010. The highlight of his junior career was competing at the 2013 Junior Hockey World Cup in New Delhi. That same year, he was part of the Canadian team that won silver at the Pan American Cup. In 2014 he competed at the Commonwealth Games and at the Champions Challenge 1 in Malaysia, where Canada finished second in the tournament that was a qualifier for the Champions Trophy. In June 2015, Panesar scored twice in the shootout of Canada’s quarterfinal victory over New Zealand in the FIH World League Semifinals, a win that would eventually secure the team’s qualification for Rio 2016. A few weeks later he scored another shootout goal, this time against Brazil in the Pan Am Games semifinal in Toronto, where Canada would go on to win silver.

Mark Pearson

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, Beijing 2008
Born: June 18, 1987
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Tsawwassen, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Mark Pearson has more than 190 senior national team caps since making his debut in 2005. At just 21-years-old, he was the youngest member of the Canadian field hockey team at Beijing 2008. Another major highlight came at the 2009 Pan American Cup where Canada beat Argentina in overtime in the semifinal and then the United States in overtime in the final to win the gold medal and qualify for the 2010 FIH World Cup. Pearson helped Canada win back-to-back silver medals at the Pan Am Games in 2011 (Guadalajara) and 2015 (Toronto), scoring two goals in the latter tournament. Just a few weeks before those home Pan Am Games, Pearson scored twice in the quarterfinal shootout victory over New Zealand in the FIH World League Semifinals which would end up qualifying the team for Rio 2016. He has also competed in three Commonwealth Games. Pearson has played club hockey in both Belgium and Germany.

Keegan Pereira

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016
Born: September 8, 1991
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Hometown: Scarborough, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Keegan Pereira has wanted to represent Canada since watching the Pan American Cup in London, Ontario as a child. He now has more than 90 senior caps to his credit since making his international debut in 2009, coincidentally against India, his country of birth, making it one of the proudest moments of his career. In 2010 Pereira represented Canada at the FIH World Cup as well as the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He returned to the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Pereira was also part of the silver medal-winning team at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara. While playing professionally in Belgium in November 2014, Pereira was celebrating what he calls the best goal he’s ever scored when he jumped and tore his left ACL. He had surgery in January 2015, which meant he spent most of the season recovering. After four months of rehab in Toronto, he re-joined the national team in Vancouver where he could start training with them, giving him more confidence that he could return to action. He did late in the year when he helped Canada finish eighth at the FIH World League Final.

Matthew Sarmento

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: June 23, 1991
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Matthew Sarmento has more than 50 senior national caps since making his international debut in 2011. Sarmento had gone to the University of Victoria intent on making the varsity soccer team, but after surviving the first two rounds of cuts, he failed the fitness test. He decided to connect with his old provincial coach, who happened to be UVic’s field hockey head coach. After making that team, he joined the junior national team in an open tryout in January 2011. Sarmento won a silver medal with Canada at the 2012 Junior Pan American Championship before helping the senior squad win silver at the 2013 Pan American Cup. In 2015 he was part of the Canadian team that won a quarterfinal shootout over New Zealand at the FIH World League Semifinals, a victory that would eventually secure Canada’s qualification for Rio 2016 . A few weeks later, he helped Canada win silver at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, scoring three goals on seven shots.

Iain Smythe

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: June 2, 1985
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Burnaby, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Iain Smythe has more than 115 senior national caps since making his debut in 2009. That total includes two appearances at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014, as well as helping Canada win silver medals at both the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara and the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, scoring one goal at the latter. He earned another silver with Canada at the 2013 Pan American Cup. In 2014 Iain had the opportunity to play alongside his brother John at the Champions Challenge 1, where Canada finished second overall. Smythe was also on the team that competed in the FIH World League in 2015, including the shootout victory over New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the World League Semifinals, a win that would eventually secure the team’s qualification for Rio 2016.

Scott Tupper

Field Hockey

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, Beijing 2008
Born: December 16, 1986
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Since making his first international appearance in 2005 versus Scotland, Scott Tupper has played more than 225 games for Canada. He is one of two men on the 2015 national team who competed at Beijing 2008, the last time Canada qualified for the Olympic field hockey tournament. Just 21 at the time, Tupper was the second-youngest member of the squad. A three-time Pan American Games team member, Tupper helped Canada win gold at Rio 2007 and silver at Guadalajara 2011. Tupper ended the 2011 tournament tied for the scoring lead with nine goals. He served as captain of the Canadian team that won silver at Toronto 2015, scoring three goals in the tournament. Tupper’s multi-sport competition experience also includes the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games. Tupper has played club hockey in Germany and Belgium, winning the German Club Championship in 2011.

Football [Soccer] (Women)

Janine Beckie

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: August 20, 1994
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Hometown: Denver, Colorado

BIOGRAPHY:
Janine Beckie made her first appearance with Canada at the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup where she scored twice in four games. She made her senior team debut later that year in a friendly against Sweden and played in the 2015 Cyprus Cup. After scoring her first senior international goal against South Korea in January 2015, Beckie notched two against Ecuador in Canada’s opening match of the 2015 Pan Am Games, where the team finished fourth overall. She also scored once in each of her two appearances in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier where Canada finished second to earn a spot in Rio. With two goals, Beckie was Canada’s top goal scorer in winning the 2016 Algarve Cup. Beckie plays collegiately for Texas Tech and in three seasons has been named to three consecutive All-Big 12 first teams. As a junior, she was named an All-American and finished ranked among the top 15 players in the country. In her freshman year she was named to the All-American Second Team as she was awarded the Big 12 Rookie of the Year, finishing third in the country in goals by a freshman with 14. She also led the Big 12 in shots and goals.

Josée Bélanger

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016
Born: May 14, 1986
Birthplace: Sherbrooke, Québec
Hometown: Coaticook, Québec

BIOGRAPHY:
Josée Bélanger first represented Canada at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo where she helped Canada win a silver medal. She made her senior national team debut the following year at age 18. In 2004 she also helped Canada win gold at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and competed at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup where Canada placed fifth. In 2010 she helped Canada win the CONCACAF Gold Cup, qualifying the country for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup but was unable to compete in Germany due to injury. Bélanger was key to Canada reaching the quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on home soil when she scored the lone goal in Canada’s 1-0 win over Switzerland in the Round of 16. It was her first international goal since 2010. In 2016, Bélanger was part of Canada’s second place finish at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifier where the team earned a spot in Rio. She was also a member of the squad that won the 2016 Algarve Cup. Bélanger played professionally in the Swedish First Division with FC Rosengård in 2015.

Kadeisha Buchanan

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: November 5, 1995
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Prior to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, coach John Herdman called Kadeisha Buchanan the “Christine Sinclair of defence”. That is high but appropriate praise for a player who was the 2013 and 2014 Canadian Under-20 Player of the Year and helped Canada to a quarterfinal berth at the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup. She went on to win the Young Player Award as Canada advanced to the quarterfinals at the Women’s World Cup on home soil and helped Canada to a fourth place finish at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. She was named Canadian female player of the year for 2015, ending Sinclair’s 11-year run. Buchanan scored her third career senior international goal in helping Canada finish second at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier to earn a spot in Rio. She went on to be named the tournament’s top player as Canada won the 2016 Algarve Cup. Buchanan made her senior debut in 2013 and has a pair of silver medals from three Cyprus Cup appearances. She plays collegiately for West Virginia University, where over two seasons she was named to the NSCAA All-America First Team and All-Big 12 Team twice. She has also been awarded the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year twice and was Big 12 Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.

Allysha Chapman

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016
Born: January 25, 1989
Birthplace: Oshawa, ON
Hometown: Courtice, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Allysha Chapman made her debut in the Canadian youth program as a 15-year-old in 2004. She represented the country for the first time four years later at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, helping Canada win gold and qualify for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Chapman’s debut with the senior national team came in 2014. In 2015 she was part of Canada’s second place finish at the Cyprus Cup where she scored her first international goal and made her FIFA Women’s World Cup debut, helping Canada reach the quarterfinals on home soil. Chapman was also on the squad that finished second at the 2016 CONCACAF Olympic qualifier, earning Canada a spot in Rio. She followed that up by helping Canada win gold at the 2016 Algarve Cup.

Sabrina D’Angelo

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016
Born: May 11, 1993
Birthplace: Welland, ON
Hometown: Welland, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Sabrina D’Angelo made her debut in the Canadian youth program as a 14-year-old in 2007. The following year, she was part of the Canadian team that won bronze at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. That qualified Canada for the first ever FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Although D’Angelo did not play in either tournament, it sparked her dream of being the starting goalkeeper two years later. In 2010, she started all five games of the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship as Canada won the gold medal and was the starting goalkeeper for Canada at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. In 2012, D’Angelo backstopped Canada to silver at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, qualifying the team for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and earning her Canadian Female U-20 Player of the Year honours. D’Angelo made her senior national team debut in 2016, helping Canada win the Algarve Cup. D’Angelo set several records while playing for the University of South Carolina, including career minutes in goal (7535) and career matches started by a goalkeeper (81) as well as the senior record for shutouts (10 in 2014). She was the 2014 recipient of the school’s President’s Award, the highest honour given to a student-athlete.

Jessie Fleming

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: March 11, 1998
Birthplace: London, Ontario
Hometown: London, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Jessie Fleming was 14 years old when she made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2012 and won a silver medal with Canada at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. She was 15 years old when she made her debut for Canada, the second-youngest player to ever suit up for the country. In 2014 she represented Canada at both the FIFA U-17 and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups. In 2015, Fleming helped Canada win silver at the Cyprus Cup and appeared in two games of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on home soil. She then played every minute of every game as Canada finished fourth at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. In the bronze medal match, Fleming scored Canada’s lone goal on a penalty kick as the host nation lost to Mexico. She went on to be named the 2015 Canadian female U-20 Player of the Year. Fleming scored once at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier where Canada finished second to earn a spot in Rio. She then helped Canada win the 2016 Algarve Cup.

Stephanie Labbé

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: October 10, 1986
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta
Hometown: Stony Plain, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY:
Stephanie Labbé has been part of the Canadian program since 2002. After winning silver at the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, she started four of Canada’s five matches at Toronto 2015 where the host nation finished fourth. With the under-20 team she won gold and silver at the 2004 and 2006 CONCACAF Championships. As a member of the senior team, Labbé has three Cyprus Cup Championships, a CONCACAF gold medal from 2010, and was on the roster for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In 2016 she helped Canada to a second place finish at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier, earning a spot in Rio, and was also part of the victorious squad at the Algarve Cup. Playing collegiately for the University of Connecticut, in her senior year she had six shutouts and was named the 2008 Big East Goalkeeper of the Year. As a junior she played every minute of the season for the Huskies, picking up 11 shutouts, including three at the NCAA Championships, and was named to the NSCAA All-Northeast First Team. Labbé most recently played professionally with Swedish club KIF Orebro, helping them to a second place finish in the top division as one of three nominees for Goalkeeper of the Year.

Ashley Lawrence

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: July 11, 1995
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Hometown: Caledon, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Ashley Lawrence captained Canada’s under-17 teams at the CONCACAF Championship and FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2012 after representing Canada at the 2010 FIFA U-17 World Cup as a 15 year old. She was twice named the under-17 Canadian Player of the Year (2011-12). With the senior team, she has a pair of silver medals from the Cyprus Cup in 2013 and 2015. She scored one goal during Canada’s quarterfinal run at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on home soil and was then part of Canada’s fourth place finish at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Lawrence notched a hat trick against Guyana during the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier where Canada finished second to earn a spot in Rio. She then helped the squad win the 2016 Algarve Cup. Lawrence plays collegiately for the University of West Virginia. In her freshman year in 2013 she scored four goals and added four assists and was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, Newcomer Team, and Academic Newcomer Team. As a sophomore she was named to the All-Big 12 First team again as well as the All-Academic Second Team while scoring four goals and seven assists.

Diana Matheson

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008
Born: April 6, 1984
Birthplace: Mississauga, ON
Hometown: Oakville, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Diana Matheson will always have her place in Canadian Olympic history for scoring the goal in the 92nd minute that won Canada the bronze medal at London 2012. That was her second Olympic appearance following Beijing 2008. Matheson has also competed at four editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including Canada’s fourth place finish in her debut in 2003, the same year she first competed with the senior national team at age 18. She played just one game in the 2015 edition on home soil, suiting up for Canada’s quarterfinal match with England. But that was an accomplishment in itself, having torn her left ACL in October 2014 in a friendly match against Japan. She had also broken her foot early in 2015 while rehabbing the knee injury. In early 2016 she was part of Canada’s second place finish at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier where the team earned a spot in Rio. Matheson has competed at two editions of the Pan Am Games, winning gold at Guadalajara 2011 and bronze at Rio 2007.

Nichelle Prince

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: February 19, 1995
Birthplace: Ajax, Ontario
Hometown: Ajax, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Nichelle Prince knew she wanted to play for Team Canada at age nine when her parents took the family to Boston to watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Her day to be just like the players she saw came in 2012 when she helped Canada win silver at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship and qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. She was then a member of the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup team that made the quarterfinals, earning Player of the Match honours against Finland. Prince was named to the roster for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto but was unable to play due to injury. She scored a hat trick in Canada’s 10-0 win over Guatemala at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier where the team finished second to earn a spot in Rio. Prince was also a member of the victorious Canadian squad at the 2016 Algarve Cup. In two years with The Ohio State Buckeyes she is Academic All-Big 10 from 2014 and an All-Big 10 Second Team and Freshman Team in 2013. She scored 13 goals and six assists in 20 games as a freshman, but dealt with injury in her sophomore year that limited her to just 10 games and three goals.

Rebecca Quinn

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: August 11, 1995
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Rebecca Quinn was 14 years old when she made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2010 and won a silver medal at the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. She has represented Canada at two FIFA World Cups, the 2012 U-17 and 2014 U-20, making it to the quarterfinals at both events. She played with the senior team at two Cyprus Cups, winning a silver medal in 2015. Quinn played every minute of every game in Canada’s fourth place finish at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. During the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier, she scored a hat trick in Canada’s 10-0 win over Guatemala as the team went on to finish second and earn a spot in Rio. She was also part of the Canadian team that won the 2016 Algarve Cup. Quinn plays collegiately for the Duke Blue Devils, playing in seven games in an injury-shortened freshman season. In her sophomore year she played in 14 games and scored twice while adding two assists.

Deanne Rose

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016
Born: March 3, 1999
Birthplace: New Tecumseth, Ontario
Hometown: Alliston, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
After debuting in the Canadian youth program as a 15-year-old in 2014, Deanne Rose quickly transitioned to the senior national team in December 2015, participating in an international tournament in Brazil. In February 2016, she saw action in three games at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier, scoring three goals, including two against Guyana for the first goals of her international career. Canada’s second place finish secured the team a spot in Rio. Rose went on to help Canada win the 2016 Algarve Cup.

Sophie Schmidt

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008
Born: June 28, 1988
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hometown: Abbotsford, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Sophie Schmidt is a two-time Olympian who was part of Canada’s bronze medal performance at London 2012. Schmidt made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2003 as a 14-year-old. The next year she competed at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup. Schmidt debuted for the senior national team as a 16-year-old in April 2005, but continued to play with the U-20 team at the 2006 FIFA U-20 World Cup, as well as the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championships in 2006 and 2008, winning silver and gold, respectively. Schmidt has competed at three editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2007, 2011 and 2015. She also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara. From 2011 to 2015, Schmidt played in 76 consecutive international matches for Canada.

Desiree Scott

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, London 2012
Born: July 31, 1987
Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

BIOGRAPHY:
Desiree Scott first represented Canada at the 2006 CONCACAF U-20 Championship where the team won silver to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. After appearing in three games at the global tournament, Scott made her debut with the senior national team in 2010, which included a gold medal at the CONCACAF Championship. In 2011, she competed at her first FIFA Women’s World Cup and helped Canada win gold at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara. The following year she was part of Canada’s incredible bronze medal performance at London 2012. From 2011 to June 2015, Scott played in a career-high 62 consecutive Canada matches. After participating in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she helped Canada win silver at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier in early 2o16, earning the team a spot in Rio. She was also a member of the team that won the 2016 Algarve Cup.

Christine Sinclair

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008
Born: June 12, 1983
Birthplace: Burnaby, BC
Hometown: Burnaby, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Christine Sinclair is the most successful soccer player to ever compete for Canada. She made her debut with the senior national team as a 16-year-old at the 2000 Algarve Cup where she also scored her first international goal. Since then, she has accumulated more than 160 career goals, ranking her second all-time but first among active players. Sinclair has competed at two Olympic Games, winning bronze at London 2012 where she was the tournament’s leading scorer with six of Canada’s 12 goals, including a hat trick in the controversial semifinal extra-time loss to the United States. For her efforts, she was named Canada’s Closing Ceremony flagbearer and became the first soccer player to win the Lou Marsh Award as Canadian Athlete of the Year. In 2013 she was inducted to Canada’s Walk of Fame. Sinclair first came to national prominence during the 2002 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Edmonton where she won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s leading scorer with 10 goals (including five against England) and the Golden Ball as tournament MVP as Canada finished second. A year later she competed at her first of four FIFA Women’s World Cups, scoring three goals and helping Canada reach the bronze medal game. In 2011, she showed her determination to compete after breaking her nose in Canada’s opening match, forcing her to wear a face mask for the rest of the tournament. Later that year, she led Canada to gold at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, following up on her bronze medal in 2007. Sinclair was named Canada Soccer’s female Player of the Year 11 straight times from 2004 to 2014 and is a multiple time nominee for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.

Melissa Tancredi

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008
Born: December 27, 1981
Birthplace: Hamilton, ON
Hometown: Acaster, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
In her second Olympic appearance at London 2012, Melissa Tancredi was Canada’s second-leading scorer (behind only Christine Sinclair) with four goals. Following that historic bronze medal performance, she took two years away from the national team to complete her chiropractic degree. Upon her return, she reached a milestone in May 2015 when she played in her 100th career match for Canada, just ahead of her third career FIFA Women’s World Cup. In early 2016, Tancredi scored three goals in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier as Canada won silver to secure the team a spot in Rio. She was then part of the squad that won the 2016 Algarve Cup. Tancredi first competed with the senior national team in 2004, scoring her first international goal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio where Canada won bronze. Tancredi’s collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame was capped in 2004 when she co-captained the Fighting Irish to the NCAA national title and was named a First Team All-American for the second time.

Rhian Wilkinson

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008
Born: May 12, 1982
Birthplace: Pointe-Claire, QC
Hometown: Baie D’Urfe, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
Rhian Wilkinson hit a milestone in March 2014 when she became just the third female soccer player to ever appear in 150 games for Canada. Wilkinson played her first international match in April 2003 and scored her first goal later that year. She also made the first of her four FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances in 2003, helping Canada reach the bronze medal game. In 2015, a lower leg injury prevented her from playing in the first two games of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on home soil. After making her Olympic debut at Beijing 2008, Wilkinson played all but 19 minutes of Canada’s run to the bronze medal at London 2012. She also competed at three Pan Am Games, winning silver at Santo Domingo 2003, bronze at Rio 2007 and gold and Guadalajara 2011. In 2016, Wilkinson was part of Canada’s second place finish at the CONCACAF Olympic qualifier, earning the team a spot in Rio, as well as the first place finish at the Algarve Cup. Wilkinson became a member of FIFA’s Strategic Committee in 2014 and served as an assistant coach for Canada at that year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Shelina Zadorsky

Soccer

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: October 24, 1992
Birthplace: London, Ontario
Hometown: London, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Shelina Zadorsky started with the Canadian program in 2007 and won a bronze medal at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in 2008 where she scored two goals. With the U-20 team, she won a CONCACAF Championship silver medal in 2012 and was captain of the FIFA U-20 World Cup team. Zadorsky made her senior debut in 2013 against South Korea at a tournament in China. She tied as Canada’s leading scorer at the 2015 Pan Am Games with two goals. Zadorsky was part of Canada’s second place finish at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier, helping the team earn a spot in Rio. She was also a member of the squad that won the 2016 Algarve Cup. She played collegiately for the Michigan Wolverines and was a two-time All-Big Ten First Team in 2012 and 2013 as well as a three-time Academic All-Big Ten (2011-13). Zadorsky was the captain in her senior year and anchored the defense that conceded a program record of just 12 goals in 23 games. She also had her best year offensively with one goal and 11 assists. She finished her NCAA career with three goals and 15 assists in 81 games played. After graduation she played professionally for the Perth Glory in Australia and is currently playing for Vittsjo GIK in the Swedish first division.

Gymnastics

Scott Morgan

Gymnastics – Artistic

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: June 20, 1989
Birthplace: North Vancouver, BC
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Scott Morgan was Canada’s second-most decorated athlete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he captured four medals, including a pair of golds. That success came nearly a year after a career breakthrough at the 2013 World Championships where he was one of the eight men who qualified for the floor exercise final, his proudest result to date. It was the first time a Canadian man had qualified for an apparatus final since Kyle Shewfelt in 2006. Morgan’s rise came after he had quit the sport for four years while in high school because he wasn’t ready to commit to fulltime training. But in 2007 he was enticed by a friend to return and within two years he was competing nationally, now specializing in the rings, vault and floor exercise events. Just two years later he made his international debut and was a member of the Canadian team at the 2011 Pan American Games. He competed at his second Pan Am Games at Toronto 2015, qualifying for the vault final while Canada just missed the podium in the team event. Morgan also had a near-podium finish at the Rio 2016 test event, finishing fourth in the vault.

Shallon Olsen

Gymnastics – Artistic

Games: Rio 2016
Born: July 10, 2000
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Born in 2000, Shallon Olsen only became eligible to compete internationally as a senior in 2016. She had first represented Canada four years earlier, leading to a stellar junior career. In 2013 she won three gold medals at the junior national championships, taking the all-around, vault and floor exercise titles. She followed that up in 2014 by claiming junior national medals on all four apparatus (gold on vault, silver on uneven bars and beam, bronze on floor exercise) to go with an all-around silver. Olsen also enjoyed some standout international performances in 2014. At the Pacific Rim Championships she won silver in team and floor exercise to go with a bronze on vault. At the Junior Pan American Championships she helped Canada win team gold and captured a silver on vault. Olsen competed as a senior at the 2015 Canadian Championships where she finished sixth in the all-around but impressively won gold on vault. That proved to be a strong event in her first senior competitions in 2016, as she posted first place finishes at Elite Canada and the International Gymnix Senior Cup as well as the Pacific Rim Championships where she also won silver in team and bronze on floor exercise while placing fourth all-around. At the 2016 Canadian Championships Olsen won another gold on vault to go with her floor exercise silver and fourth place finish in the all-around. Her success has come despite growing seven inches over the course of just two years, which forced her to readjust all of her gymnastics.

Rowing

Julien Bahain

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012, Beijing 2008
Born: April 20, 1986
Birthplace: Angers, France
Hometown: Sherbrooke, Quebec

BIOGRAPHY:
While growing up in and competing for France, Julien Bahain always dreamed of representing his mother’s homeland. Every time he was on a rowing course, he would look carefully at what the Canadians were doing. After a tough go at London 2012, he took a year off, not knowing if he would return for another Olympic run, having already won bronze at Beijing 2008. But after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 49 days, he knew he wasn’t done. He resumed training with the French eight, but it just wasn’t right and he decided it was time for a change. The year off permitted him to switch countries, giving him the opportunity to pack his bags, sell everything and move to Victoria in September 2014. The transition to racing for Canada wasn’t always easy because no one on the team spoke French, making it hard for him to understand some of the coaching instructions. But thefirst time he received the maple leafs for his blades was a very proud moment. Bahain had been a member of the French national team for 11 years, winning four world championship medals. He’s also a three-time victor at the Henley Royal Regatta, including 2014 when he was a last minute substitute. Bahain underwent surgery in late February 2015 after rupturing his L4-L5 lumbar disc which left him paralyzed in his right foot. Unsure if he would ever row again, his rehab was a success and he was back in a boat three months later. He won two gold medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games with the quad sculls and the eight. He’s also stood on two World Cup podiums with the quad sculls.

Will Crothers

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: June 14, 1987
Birthplace: Kingston, ON
Hometown: Kingston, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Will Crothers was a member of the men’s eight that won silver at London 2012. Since then, he has competed primarily with the four, winning World Cup bronze in Lucerne in 2014, which was followed by a fifth place finish at the world championships. In 2015, Crothers and the “True North Four” won another World Cup bronze in Varese, Italy, before narrowly missing the world championship podium with their fourth place finish. In between, he won two gold medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto as a member of the four and the eight. Crothershas been competing internationally for Canada since 2004 when he made his first appearance at the world junior championships, winning bronze in the coxed four. After progressing to the U23 level, he won gold and silver with the eight in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Since joining the senior team, he has won two world championship medals, most notably a bronze with the eight in 2011. Crothers was a member of the varsity crew at the University of Washington, capturing the freshman title at the 2006 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. As a sophomore and junior he stroked the varsity eight to undefeated regular seasons in consecutive years, winning the PAC-10 in 2007 and 2008 and the IRA Championships in 2007.

Will Dean

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: June 10, 1987
Birthplace: Kelowna, BC
Hometown: Kelowna, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Will Dean joined the senior rowing team in 2011 after two years competing at the U23 level, which was highlighted by a world silver medal in 2008 in the eight. Dean made his Olympic debut at London 2012 as a member of the four that finished ninth. In 2014 he joined the quad sculls crew and achieved a career highlight when they won a bronze medal at the World Cup in Aiguebelette, France. They went on to finish seventh at the world championships. In 2015 he won another World Cup bronze in Varese, Italy with the quad sculls and added a pair of gold medals at the Pan Am Games in Toronto with the quad sculls and the eight. In 2016 Dean and the quad sculls reached the second step of a World Cup podium with a silver medal in Varese before successfully qualifying the boat for Rio 2016. Dean competed collegiately at the University of California Berkeley and won a NCAA Championship in the men’s eight at the IRA Regatta as senior in 2010 after coming third in 2008 and 2009.

Rob Gibson

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: February 2, 1986
Birthplace: Kingston, ON
Hometown: Kingston, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
After being an alternate for the gold medal-winning men’s eight at Beijing 2008, Rob Gibson was in the big boat four years later when Canada won silver at London 2012. Gibson has competed at eight senior world championships, winning three medals, highlighted by silver and bronze in the eight in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He first competed internationally at the 2004 World Junior Championships where he captured bronze in the coxed four. He also won two world U23 championship medals, taking gold and silver in the eight in 2006 and 2008, respectively. For winning that U23 world title, he and teammates Will Crothers and Max Lang were honoured with Rowing Canada’s International Achievement Award. While at the University of Washington, Gibson enjoyed an undefeated season in the eight as a junior, winning the PAC-10 and Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. Gibson won the national title in the single scull in 2014, a memorable moment for a rower who never considered himself a sculler. He stuck with sculling in 2015, winning gold in the quad and silver in the single at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. He’s also won a pair of World Cup medals with the quad sculls, taking bronze in 2015 and silver in 2016, both in Varese, Italy.

Brendan Hodge

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: December 31, 1984
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: South Delta, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Brendan Hodge had an eight year break between international appearances for Canada. After competing at the 2005 World U23 Championships, he felt burned out so he left rowing to pursue his law degree and career. But while watching the rowing events from London 2012 he knew he wasn’t completely done with the sport. After five years of being off the water completely, he started training before and after work. In the spring of 2013 he competed at the national trials and was invited to train with the national lightweight team in London, Ontario, leaving the legal world behind. His first competition back was the 2013 World Cup in Lucerne where he finished 16th in the lightweight four. He told himself when he got back to the dock that he would make the comeback story much better. He followed up with a fourth place finish in the lightweight pair at the 2013 World Championships. Hodge and the lightweight four finished 13th at the 2014 World Championships. In 2015 Hodge and the lightweight four, dubbed the “northern lights”, won gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and secured an Olympic berth for Rio 2016 with their 11th place finish at the world championships.

Lindsay Jennerich

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, London 2012
Born: July 30, 1982
Birthplace: Victoria, BC
Hometown: Victoria, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
After being an alternate for Beijing 2008, Lindsay Jennerich made her Olympic debut at London 2012 where she and lightweight double sculls partner Patricia Obee won the B final to finish seventh overall. Together, Jennerich and Obee have stood on two world championship podiums, winning silver in 2011 and 2014. It was Jennerich’s third career world medal after winning gold with Tracy Cameron in 2010. Jennerich became a lightweight rower while attending the University of Victoria. After finding herself in competition for a crew place with members of the women’s national team, she knew that she was too small to be a true heavyweight so she decided to drop the weight necessary to be a lightweight. She quickly made the U23 national team, winning world U23 titles with Lysanne Lavigne in 2002 and 2004 around a bronze medal in 2003. After narrowly missing the world championship podium in 2015 with their fourth place finish, Jennerich and Obee won gold at the second World Cup stop of 2016 in Lucerne. It was their first World Cup victory together. Jennerich has a total of seven career World Cup medals in the lightweight double sculls with three different partners (Obee, Cameron, Sheryl Preston) to go with two World Cup gold medals in the non-Olympic lightweight single sculls.

Kai Langerfeld

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: July 5, 1987
Birthplace: North Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Parksville, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Kai Langerfeld’s first experience with rowing came when he was 13 and his father took him out in a boat during an Olympians get-together. He thought it was the worst sport he ever tried. Fast forward a few years to when he was at the University of Victoria and decided to give it another go, this time with success. In his second year he was a double gold medallist at the 2010 Canadian University Championships in the eight and the coxed pair. A year later he added a bronze in the eight. Langerfeld went on to be a double silver medallist in the eight and the four at the 2011 Pan Am Games. After not making the Olympic team for London, he competed at the 2012 World Championships and won a bronze medal in the coxed pair. Coming back from a bulged disc in 2013, Langerfeldwas part of the four in 2014, winning his first World Cup medal, a bronze, in Lucerne and finishing fifth at the world championships. In 2015 he and the “True North Four” won another World Cup bronze medal in Varese, Italy and then narrowly missed the world championship podium with their fourth place finish. In between he won two gold medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto as a member of the four and the eight.

Maxwell Lattimer

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: July 14, 1993
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Delta, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Growing up in Vancouver, Maxwell Lattimer was in the city during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and was overwhelmed by the feeling of national pride and the realization that he wanted to be more than just a spectator. Lattimer got his chance to compete for Canada in 2014, finishing 13th at his first senior world championships in the lightweight four. He had previously competed at two world U23 championships. Representing the University of British Columbia at the 2013 CIS Championships, Lattimer brought home three medals for the Thunderbirds, winning silver in lightweight single sculls, silver in the eight, and gold in lightweight four. In 2015, he and the lightweight four, dubbed the “northern lights”, won gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and secured an Olympic berth for Rio 2016 with their 11th place finish at the world championships. Lattimer has said the latter was the most stress he has ever experienced as three years of training came down to one race to see if they would get to train for the biggest competition in the world.

Pascal Lussier

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: September 13, 1991
Birthplace: St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
Hometown: Napierville, Quebec

BIOGRAPHY:
Pascal Lussier has enjoyed a quick progression to his rowing career since picking up the sport in 2012. One year later he was named to Rowing Canada’s U23 world championship team, finishing 12th in the double sculls. He advanced to the World Cup team in 2014, winning a bronze medal in the quad sculls at the stop in Aiguebelette, France. Later that year he made his senior world championship debut, finishing seventh in the quad sculls. In 2015, Lussier won bronze in the double sculls with teammate Matthew Buie at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. He then raced in the single sculls at the world championships. In 2016, he moved back into the quad sculls and was part of the crew that won World Cup silver in Varese, Italy before qualifying the boat for Rio 2016.

Conlin McCabe

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: September 20, 1990
Birthplace: North Vancouver, BC
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Conlin McCabe made his Olympic debut as a member of the silver medal-winning eight at London 2012. A year earlier he had been part of the eight crew that won bronze at the world championships. Prior to joining the senior national team, McCabe enjoyed success as a junior and U23 competitor, winning silver medals at the 2007 World Junior Championships in the pair and at the 2008 and 2010 World U23 Championships in the eight and pair, respectively. In recent years McCabe has been competing in the four, winning a bronze medal at the 2014 World Cup in Aiguebelette, France before finishing fifth at the 2014 World Championships. In 2015, he and the “True North Four” won World Cup bronze in Varese, Italy and narrowly missed the world championship podium with their fourth place finish. In between, McCabe won two gold medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto as a member of the four and the eight. McCabe rowed at the University of Washington where he won three NCAA Championships, including two undefeated seasons as a freshman and junior. His undefeated freshman eight boat never failed to win by less than open water. He was featured in the May 2011 issue of Sports Illustrated’s “Faces In The Crowd”.

Patricia Obee

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, London 2012
Born: October 31, 1991
Birthplace: Saanich, BC
Hometown: Victoria, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Patricia Obee made her Olympic debut at London 2012 where she and lightweight double sculls partner Lindsay Jennerich won the B final to finish seventh overall. Together, Obee and Jennerich have stood on two world championship podiums, winning silver in 2011 and 2014. Obee had started the 2011 season as the alternate for the lightweight double sculls but was moved into the boat for the world championships after an injury to Tracy Cameron, who had won the world title with Jennerich the year before. Obee’s move into the double came on the heels of her bronze medal in the lightweight single sculls at the 2011 U23 World Championships. After competing in the lightweight single sculls in 2013, Obee re-teamed with Jennerich in 2014 to win their first World Cup medal together, bronze in Lucerne. It was on that same course two years later that they claimed their first World Cup victory as a duo in 2016 after narrowly missing another world championship podium in 2015 with their fourth place finish. Obee made her international debut in 2010 as a member of the eight at the U23 world championships, just one year after picking up the sport.

Tim Schrijver

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: February 7, 1992
Birthplace: Strathroy, ON
Hometown: Thedford, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Tim Schrijver made his move to the senior national team in 2015 after racing in two World U23 Championships, highlighted by a gold medal in the coxed four in 2014. With the coxless four, dubbed the “True North Four”, he won bronze at the 2015 World Cup stop in Varese, Italy and then narrowly missed the world championship podium with their fourth place finish. In between those two events, he won two gold medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto as a member of the four and the eight. Collegiately, he was a dominant force for Brock University. In four seasons racing for the Badgers he went to the Canadian University Rowing Championships every year, finishing second in the eight in 2014, second in the eight in 2013 and 2012, and first in the pair in 2012. He also represented Canada at the 2014 University Rowing Championships, winning a silver medal in the coxless four. Following a back issue in 2013, Schrijver has had to overcome numerous injuries to his knees, elbows and ribs since 2014. That has forced him to come to terms with the need to balance quality training with injury maintenance. He didn’t compete at the second World Cup of 2016 to ensure he would be healthy for training in the lead-up to Rio 2016.

Eric Woelfl

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: July 18, 1989
Birthplace: St. Catharines, Ontario
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Just six years after he started rowing, Eric Woelfl found himself at the 2011 Pan Am Games as a member of the lightweight four that finished fifth. He made his senior world championship debut a year later in the lightweight pair. He just missed the world championship podium a year later with his fourth place finish in the lightweight pair with Brendan Hodge. Recently racing with the lightweight four, Woelfl and crew cracked the top-10 in two World Cup events in 2014. In 2015, he and the lightweight four, dubbed the “northern lights”, won gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, where the rowing events took place in his hometown of St. Catharines, giving him an amazing experience. They also secured an Olympic berth for Rio 2016 with their 11th place finish at the world championships.

Carling Zeeman

Rowing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: May 27, 1991
Birthplace: Hamilton, ON
Hometown: Cambridge, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Carling Zeeman has been competing in something since she was old enough to run. Before discovering rowing she played volleyball for two years, ran cross-country and track, and speed skated for nearly her entire youth. It was when she started speed skated that she started dreaming of going to the Olympic Games. In 2011 she won the U23 single sculls at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. She followed that with back-to-back podiums in the single sculls at the world U23 championships, taking bronze in 2012 and silver in 2013. She also made her senior world championship debut in 2013, joining with Emily Cameron, Kate Goodfellow and Antje von Seydlitz to win silver in the quad sculls. In 2014 Zeeman and the quad sculls made the A final at each of the three World Cups, highlighted by a silver in Lucerne, and finishing sixth at the world championships. In 2015 she moved back into the single sculls and made the A final at the world championships, qualifying an Olympic spot for Rio 2016 with her impressive sixth place finish. Earlier in the summer she had captured two gold medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in the single sculls and the quad sculls. Zeeman achieved another career highlight in 2016 with her first World Cup victory, winning the single sculls at the season opener in Varese.

Rugby – Sevens (Women)

Britt Benn

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: April 23, 1989
Birthplace: Belleville, Ontario
Hometown: Napanee, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Britt Benn spent five years at the University of Guelph where she obtained five OUA gold medals, three CIS bronze, two CIS silvers and one national championship title. Benn has received countless personal awards; in 2012 alone she was named OUA All-Star, OUA MVP, CIS Player of the Year, CIS All-Canadian, BLG nominee for CIS Athlete of the Year and received the Pioneer OUA Female Athlete of the Year award. She received her first National Senior Women’s Cap in France in November 2013 and was part of the 2014 CAN-AM Series where Canada’s women defeated the United States at Shawnigan Lake School and at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC. Benn helped Canada to their best-ever second place finish at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris, France in August 2014. Benn then made her debut with Canada’s Women’s Sevens team on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series in Atlanta in March 2015. She is most proud of the team winning the Amsterdam Sevens in the dying seconds of the final in May 2015 as Canada qualified for Rio 2016. Benn was a member of Canada’s gold medal winning team at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where she recorded three tries in the tournament. Benn had a breakout season in 2015-16 and was named to the tournament Dream Team at the Clermont-Ferrand Sevens in May, the final stop of the season. Benn finished the 2015-16 WSWS ranked fourth on the team with nine tries.

Hannah Darling

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: May 30, 1996
Birthplace: Peterborough, Ontario
Hometown: Warsaw, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Hannah Darling was introduced to the sport of rugby at the age of 14 by her hockey coach and neighbours. She excelled rather quickly, going from the club level to provincial to national in three years. She now has the potential to wear the red and white for the next decade. Darlingreceived her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team at the 2014 Hong Kong Invitational Sevens. She made her Women’s Sevens World Series debut the following week at the Guangzhou Sevens. Her international experience at such a young age was a big reason she was named captain of Canada’s Youth Olympic Games team that finished second at Nanjing 2014. She went on to be part of the Canadian team that won the first ever women’s rugby gold medal at the Pan Am Games at Toronto 2015. After missing the opening tournament of the 2015-16 season, Darling appeared in the final four WSWS events. She has five career series tries.

Bianca Farella

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: April 10, 1992
Birthplace: Montreal, QC
Hometown: Montreal, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
Bianca Farella had a memorable year in 2012. She was named CIS Women’s Rugby Rookie of the Year after scoring 12 tries in six matches for Concordia University and also received her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team when she was named to the roster competing at the Las Vegas Sevens. After just one year with the national team, she was part of the squad that won silver at the 2013 World Cup Sevens. Now a mainstay on Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team, Farella has proven to be one of the world’s best scorers. After her 11 tries in the inaugural World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series in 2012-13, she recorded 25 tries in 2013-14, including a tournament-high eight at the Brazil Sevens. In 2014, Farella captained the Canadian team that won gold at the 6th World University Championship in Brazil. Initially named to the Canadian roster for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Farella was forced to miss the tournament to undergo shoulder surgery. She wouldn’t return from injury until the second leg of the 2015-16 WSWS in Sao Paulo. At the end of the 2015-16 WSWS, Farella sits second all-time in series tries for Canada with 63. She also ranks second all-time in Canada and ninth in the world with 315 career series points.

Jen Kish

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: July 7, 1988
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY:
One of the best female sevens players in the world, Jen Kish is the current captain of Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team. The native of Edmonton, Alberta began playing provincially at the age of 16 and quickly made the jump to Canada’s U-19 Team, captaining the squad in 2006-07 and demonstrating from a young age her desire to wear the Canadian jersey. While Kish’s future would be spent on the sevens pitch, she opened her Rugby Canada career with the Women’s Fifteens Team, going to three Nations Cups as well as the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Since then, she has participated in pretty much every World Rugby sevens tournament to date. She captained Canada’s 2013 Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens Team to a second place finish in Moscow, Russia and was a finalist for the 2013 IRB Women’s Player of the Year award. In 2012 and 2013 she was named Canada’s women’s sevens team Player of the Year. Kish was also captain of the team that won gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where she recorded two tries in the tournament. Kish’s 27 career tries on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series are the fifth most in Canadian history.

Ghislaine Landry

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: April 27, 1988
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Ghislaine Landry has become one of the most prolific try scorers in women’s rugby. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Landry has experienced plenty of success on the rugby pitch. After playing provincially with Ontario, Landry attended St. Francis Xavier University where she won the CIS Rookie of the Year award, two back-to-back CIS Player of the Year awards as well as a CIS title. Landry made her debut with Canada’s Senior National Team in 2011 and had a breakthrough performance at the 2013 Women’s Sevens World Cup, finishing second in tournament scoring as Canada earned a silver medal. She was named Athlete of the Week by the Canadian Olympic Team for her achievements. Landry finished the 2014-15 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series first overall in scoring with 297 points. She was the second-leading scorer on the Canadian team that won gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto with 47 points on five tries and 11 of 21 conversions. Landry’s success continued during the 2015-16 WSWS, finishing first once again in scoring with 158 points. She was also named to the 2015-16 WSWS Dream Team. Landry is currently second all-time in WSWS scoring with 475 points.

Megan Lukan

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016
Born: February 14, 1992
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Hometown: Barrie, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Megan Lukan is a crossover athlete who had a four-year NCAA basketball career at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay after redshirting her first season. Lukan first began playing rugby in high school at Barrie Central, following in the footsteps of her older sister. Lukan was named Miss Basketball Canada in 2010 and played for the National Elite Development Academy in grade 11. She was a member of Ontario’s U17 team that won bronze at the 2009 Canada Games. After graduating from UW-Green Bay in 2015, Lukan returned to rugby when assistant coach Sandro Fiorino reached out, having watched her during her high school career. She joined the Rugby Canada setup in April and went on to play for Canada’s Maple Leafs in Amsterdam the next month, scoring two tries in the process. She made her second Maple Leafs appearance in October at the Central Coast Sevens. Lukan made her Sevens Series debut for Canada at the 2015 Dubai Sevens in December. Lukan appeared in all five series events for Canada during the 2015-16 season, one of only five players to do so. She finished the season with two tries.

Kayla Moleschi

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: October 25, 1990
Birthplace: Williams Lake, BC
Hometown: Williams Lake, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Kayla Moleschi first started playing rugby in grade nine at Columneetza Secondary School in Williams Lake, British Columbia. Moleschi then attended Thompson Rivers University and the University of Lethbridge, where she was named Canada West Rookie of the Year and CIS All-Canadian in 2011. She made her debut with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team that same year, scoring two tries in her first match at the 2011 IRB Challenge Cup. Moleschi’s on-field vision from the hooker position gives Canada another scoring option in the forwards and her consistent play over the last few seasons has made her a regular on the women’s national team for the last four seasons. Moleschi was part of Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2015 Pan Am Games, scoring two tries, and was one of only five Canadian players to play in every event during the 2015-16 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series. Her 34 WSWS tries are the fourth most in Canadian history.

Karen Paquin

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: August 3, 1987
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec
Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec

BIOGRAPHY:
Karen Paquin grew up in Quebec City, Quebec and graduated from Les Sentiers High School. She played her club rugby for Club de Rugby Quebec and also captained Team Quebec at the National Women’s League Championship. After playing with the Canadian Maple Leafs development team, Paquin received her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team in 2012 during the NACRA Festival in Ottawa, Ontario. In 2013, Paquin won a silver medal at the Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens and followed that up with a second place finish with Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Team at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Paquin’s 11 tries during the 2013-14 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series season were the third most by a North American woman. Named to the 2014-15 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Dream Team, Paquin went on to help Canada win gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, recording eight tries which tied her for the team high. Paquin was named Rugby Canada’s Women’s Sevens Player of the Year for 2015. Paquin finished the 2015-16 WSWS season with 14 tries, the second-most by a Canadian player and tied for the ninth in the world. Her 53 career tries also rank her ninth in World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series history.

Kelly Russell

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: December 7, 1986
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Hometown: Bolton, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Originally from Bolton, Ontario, Kelly Russell followed in her father’s footsteps, joining the Toronto Nomads rugby club at an early age. Russell is one of Canada’s most decorated female rugby players, having earned her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Team in 2007. The following year, she made her debut with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team during a tournament in Hong Kong. She has competed for Canada at two Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens (2009 and 2013), earning a silver medal in 2013. While she excels in the sevens game, Russell was also one of the best fifteens players in the world. She played in two Women’s Rugby World Cups and was placed on the tournament all-star team in both 2010 and 2014, as Canada finished second at the latter. Russell was captain of Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Team from 2011 to 2014 and led the team to a 2013 Nations Cup title. She was named Rugby Canada’s Women’s Fifteens Player of the Year in 2013 and was a finalist for the 2014 IRB Women’s Player of the Year. She was a member of the gold medal-winning team at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, scoring five tries and 27 points in the tournament. Russell saved her best showing of the 2015-16 season for last, as she was named MVP of the Final at the Clermont-Ferrand Sevens, as Canada won the final tournament of the season.

Ashley Steacy

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: June 28, 1987
Birthplace: Lethbridge, Alberta
Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY:
Ashley Steacy began playing rugby in grade 10 and went on to graduate from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in Lethbridge, Alberta. Steacy is well decorated when it comes to rugby accolades. A three-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport champion, she was also a two-time CIS Player of the Year after earning her undergrad at the University of Lethbridge. In 2007, Steacy received her first cap with both Canada’s Women’s Sevens and Fifteens Teams. Since then, she has performed on some of the biggest stages in rugby. In 2009, she was named to Canada’s team for the Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens. In 2010, she was with the fifteens team participating in the Women’s Rugby World Cup and in 2013 she won a silver medal playing in her second Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens. After coming back from shoulder surgery in 2014, Steacy was named to the 2014-15 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series Dream Team and was named Rugby Canada’s Women’s Sevens Player of the Year for 2014. Steacy went on to help Canada win gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where she recorded two tries and nine of 13 conversion attempts for 28 points in the tournament. Steacy missed all of the 2015-16 Women’s Seven World Series season with a torn MCL, but despite this, her 172 career points scored in the WSWS ranks fifth all-time in Canadian history.

Natasha Watcham-Roy

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: April 28, 1992
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario
Hometown: Gatineau, Quebec

BIOGRAPHY:
Natasha Watcham-Roy grew up in Gatineau, Quebec where she began playing rugby in grade nine because her older brother played the sport. After high school, she attended the University of Ottawa where she would become captain of the Gee-Gees women’s rugby team. Before joining Canada’s centralization program, Watcham-Roy played club rugby at Hull Volant and provincially with Rugby Quebec. She has plenty of international sevens experience, having played for Canada three times at the FISU Women’s Sevens Championship, including with the 2014 gold medal-winning team. She made her debut with Canada’s Women’s Sevens team during the 2014-15 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series. Watcham-Roy also helped Canada win gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, scoring three tries in the tournament. She missed most of the 2015-16 WSWS with injury, returning to action for the final event of the season in France.

Charity Williams

Rugby – Sevens

Games: Rio 2016
Born: October 20, 1996
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

BIOGRAPHY:
Charity Williams is one of Canada’s most promising young female rugby players. The native of Toronto, Ontario attended high school at Central Tech. She quickly made the jump to club level and onto the provincial and then national team programs in just three years. In 2013, just a month after she turned 17, Williams was named to the Women’s Maple Leafs roster for the Tobago International Rugby Sevens Tournament, her first opportunity to wear the red and white. Williams was named to the Canadian Women’s Sevens Youth Olympic Team that finished in second place at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She then made her Canada Women’s Sevens Team debut during the 2014-15 World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series season at the Sao Paulo Sevens. She finished the 2015-16 WSWS season by appearing in the final three tournaments for Canada. Williams has five career WSWS tries.

Sailing

Nikola Girke

Sailing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012, Beijing 2008, Athens 2004
Born: December 30, 1977
Birthplace: Grande Prairie, Alberta
Hometown: West Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Nikola Girke’s life motto “Dare to Dream, Dare to Achieve, Dare to Succeed” is inspired by her idol Terry Fox who said “I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try. Dreams are made if people try.” Girke followed that advice after her father passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1997. Having stopped sailing while he was sick, she gave up her comfortable life to pursue her Olympic dream. She is now among the few to compete in two different Olympic classes, debuting in the 470 at Athens 2004 before switching to the RS:X in 2005, qualifying for Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She will compete in a third boat class, the new mixed Nacra 17, at Rio 2016 with partner Luke Ramsay. As Canada’s top female windsurfer, Girke recorded the country’s best-ever Olympic result in the event with her 10th place finish at London 2012. After only windsurfing a few times since those Games, she jumped back on the board and with just a week of training earned the lone Canadian berth in the women’s RS:X for TORONTO 2015, where she began competing just two days after the Nacra 17 world championships. Ramsay and Girke had a great start to 2016, qualifying for Rio with their 15th place finish at the Miamii World Cup and following that up with a 15th place finish at the Nacra 17 world championships.

Luke Ramsay

Sailing

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: January 31, 1988
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Having made his Olympic debut in the 470 at London 2012, Luke Ramsay will compete at Rio 2016 in a new Olympic boat class, the Nacra 17, alongside Nikola Girke. The duo had a strong start to 2016, qualifying for Rio with their 15th place finish at the Miami World Cup and following that up with a 15th place finish at the Nacra 17 world championships. Between Olympic Games, Ramsay made his Pan Am Games debut in the Sunfish, a single-handed dinghy, winning the silver medal at Toronto 2015 just days after competing at the Nacra 17 world championships. Early in his career Ramsay competed in another one-person dinghy, the Laser, and won the 2006 ISAF Youth World Championship. He competed at the 2008 Olympic team trials, but was beaten for the lone Canadian Laser berth in Beijing by Mike Leigh. Three years later he teamed up with Leigh in the 470. Despite Ramsay having never before sailed a double-handed boat and needing to lose more than 50lbs in four months to be competitive in the discipline, they went on to earn their spot on the 2012 Olympic team.

Swimming

Hilary Caldwell

Swimming

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: March 13, 1991
Birthplace: London, ON
Hometown: White Rock, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Hilary Caldwell’s major international breakthrough came in 2013 when she not only qualified for her first world championship team but also won bronze in the 200m backstroke, becoming Canada’s first world medallist in that event since Cheryl Gibson in 1978. She broke the Canadian record in all three rounds, setting the mark at 2:06.80, and went on to be named 2013 Female Swimmer of the Year at Swimming Canada’s Big Splash Awards. In 2014 Caldwell won 200m backstroke bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She then set a Pan Am record in winning 200m backstroke gold at Toronto 2015, sharing the podium with silver medallist teammate Dominique Bouchard. At the 2015 FINA World Championships she made it to the final of the 200m backstroke and semifinals of the 100m backstroke. Caldwell has wanted to represent Canada since she watched the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. One of her first opportunities came at the 2011 Universiade where she won the silver medal the 200m backstroke. A second place finish at the 2012 Canadian Trials earned her a trip to the Olympic Games in London where she finished 18th in the 200m backstroke.

Ryan Cochrane

Swimming

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012, Beijing 2008
Born: October 29, 1988
Birthplace: Victoria, BC
Hometown: Victoria, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Since making his senior international debut in 2006, Ryan Cochrane has become Canada’s most decorated swimmer ever. At Beijing 2008 he briefly held the Olympic record in the 1500m freestyle before going on to win bronze. He added a silver medal in that same event at London 2012 where he missed the 400m freestyle final by just one-hundredth (0.01) of a second. Cochrane’s eight medals at the FINA World Championships are the most ever by a Canadian swimmer. He is also just the second person (after Australian legend Grant Hackett) to reach the podium in the 800m and 1500m freestyle events at three straight worlds, winning a total of four silver and two bronze from 2009 to 2013. He won his first world medal in the 400m freestyle in 2015, taking bronze in that and the 1500m freestyle, which followed his double gold performance at his first Pan Am Games. Those achievements are all the more impressive having come during a difficult year after the death of longtime coach Randy Bennett in April. Cochrane capped his Commonwealth Games career in 2014 by successfully defending his 400m and 1500m freestyle titles. He is a six-time medallist at the Pan Pacific Championships, including three gold. Cochrane was named Canadian Male Swimmer of the Year eight straight times from 2008 to 2015.

Stephanie Horner

Swimming

Games: Rio 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008
Born: March 19, 1989
Birthplace: Beaconsfield, QC
Hometown: Beaconsfield, QC

BIOGRAPHY:
After competing in the pool at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, Stephanie Horner qualified for her third Olympic Games at Rio 2016 in open water swimming. She had transitioned to the new discipline in 2014 and went on to finish 10th at the 2015 Summer Universiade. Horner competed at her first major Games in 2007 when she won four medals at the Pan Am Games in Rio. In her Olympic debut the next year, she competed in four events, setting a national record in the 200m freestyle as well as the 4x200m freestyle relay. Four years later in London she competed in just the 400m individual medley, but as proof of her versatility, it was her fifth different Olympic event. She also competed in the 400m IM at the 2011 FINA World Championships. In 2013 Horner was named as a team captain for the Summer Universiade where she made the final of the 200m butterfly. During the 2012-13 season she was selected as a CIS First Team All-Canadian out of the University of Victoria. In October 2013 Horner was named as Chair of Swimming Canada’s Athletes’ Council. Horner had earned her first national medal, a bronze in the 400m IM, as a 15-year-old at 2005 World Championships Trials.

Yuri Kisil

Swimming

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: September 18, 1995
Birthplace: Calgary, AB
Hometown: Calgary, AB

BIOGRAPHY:
Yuri Kisil was a triple medallist at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, reaching the podium as part of all three relays, including anchoring the 4x100m freestyle relay to silver. Immediately following, he made his FINA World Championship debut, winning a bronze medal as part of the inaugural mixed 4x100m freestyle relay. At the 2014 Canadian Trials, Kisil became the youngest Canadian man to ever post a sub 50-second time in the 100m freestyle. He raced in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, just missing the podium with a fourth place finish in the 100m. He was also part of the fourth place 4x100m medley relay team and fifth place 4x100m freestyle relay team. He competed in the same events at the Pan Pacific Championships, finishing 12th in both individual races and fifth in both relays. Kisil’s first major international meet was the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships.

Martha McCabe

Swimming

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: August 4, 1989
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON

BIOGRAPHY:
Some might say Martha McCabe was destined to be an Olympic swimmer, participating in the “McCabe Olympics” with her three older siblings at the family cottage while growing up. She got to experience the real Olympic Games at London 2012 where she finished fifth in the 200m breaststroke and was subsequently named 2012 Female Swimmer of the Year at Swimming Canada’s Big Splash Awards. A year earlier McCabe found her place amongst the world’s elite by winning bronze at the 2011 FINA World Championships. In 2013 she advanced to her third straight world championship 200m breaststroke final. In 2014 McCabe was barely recovered from a stress fracture in her right clavicle when she competed at the Canadian Trials, but was still able to earn a spot on the teams for the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships. For three months she had been unable to lift her arms over her head and was forced to modify her training to work primarily on her kick. She made the final of the 200m breaststroke at both international events. She won silver in the 200m breaststroke at Toronto 2015, finishing only behind teammate Kierra Smith. For the Olympic season she decided to rejoin coach Jozsef Nagy, who had guided her from 2007 to 2012, in Vancouver.

Emily Overholt

Swimming

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: October 17, 1997
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: West Vancouver, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Emily Overholt was the breakout star of the Canadian swimming team in 2015. She was a triple medallist at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, highlighted by a gold medal from lane 8 in the 400m freestyle, setting a Pan Am record. That came one day after she appeared to win gold in the 400m IM but was disqualified for an illegal turn. She then made her FINA World Championship debut, surprising herself with a bronze in the 400m IM. Overholt has wanted to represent Canada since watching Michael Phelps win his unprecedented eight Olympic gold medals at Beijing 2008. In 2013 she competed at the FINA World Junior Championships where she captured bronze in the 400m IM. That proved to be her strongest individual event in 2014 when she made her senior national team debut at age 16. At both the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships she made the final in the 400m IM, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. She also anchored the 4x200m freestyle relay squad to Commonwealth silver and Pan Pac bronze, despite being the youngest member of the team.

Kierra Smith

Swimming

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: February 1, 1994
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Kelowna, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
When she was 12, Kierra Smith met Annamay Pierse, who asked about Smith’s times in their shared event, the 200m breaststroke, and cheered her on in competition. That encouragement from the Canadian who went on to set the world record made Smith want to represent Canada herself. She got that chance in 2011 at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara and came home with a silver medal from the 4x100m medley relay. Smith qualified for her first senior national team in 2014 which allowed her to compete at the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships. She just missed the podium in her individual specialty, finishing fourth in the 200m breaststroke at both events, but was a part of the 4x100m medley relay team that won a pair of bronze medals. Having helped the University of Minnesota win three straight Big Ten Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Smith was crowned NCAA Champion in the 200 breaststroke in 2015 and was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year. At Toronto 2015, she won gold in the 200m breaststroke in Pan Am record time, sharing the podium with silver medallist teammate Martha McCabe. She also made her FINA World Championship debut in 2015, advancing to the final of the 200m breaststroke.

Noemie Thomas

Swimming

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: February 4, 1996
Birthplace: Richmond, BC
Hometown: Richmond, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Noemie Thomas has fond memories of watching the Athens 2004 Olympic Games on a tiny TV screen in the small pool office at her summer swim club. She had an international breakthrough at the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) where she set national short course records in the 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly while finishing fourth in both events. In 2013 she competed at the FINA World Championships where she advanced to the final of the 100m butterfly, finishing seventh. That outstanding debut led to her being named Swimming Canada’s 2013 Junior Female Swimmer of the Year. Thomas’ freshman year at the University of California – Berkeley was highlighted by helping the Golden Bears win the 2015 NCAA Championship. After missing the national team in 2014 when an ankle injury disrupted her training, she won a pair of silver medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in the 100m butterfly and 4x100m medley relay. She followed that up by advancing to her second straight world championship final in the 100m butterfly.

Markus Thormeyer

Swimming

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: August 17, 1997
Birthplace: Newmarket, ON
Hometown: Tsawwassen, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
After watching London 2012 and the amazing performances by Brent Hayden and Ryan Cochrane, Markus Thormeyer asked himself “Why can’t that be me?”. Since then he’s committed himself to representing Team Canada. Thormeyer qualified for his first senior national team in 2015 after finishing second in both the 100m and 200m backstroke events at the Canadian Trials. At the Pan Am Games in Toronto he swam the morning heats for the 4x100m freestyle relay that won silver and made the final of the 100m backstroke. Thormeyer had competed in his first major international event in 2013, finishing 19th in the 200m backstroke, 21st in the 100m backstroke and 29th in the 50m backstroke at the FINA World Junior Championships. He returned to the world juniors in 2015, reaching the finals of the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle and missing the finals by one spot in the 50m freestyle and 200m backstroke. Thormeyer first represented Canada when he was just 12-years-old at the North American Challenge Cup in 2010.

Richard Weinberger

Swimming

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015, London 2012
Born: June 7, 1990
Birthplace: Moose Jaw, SK
Hometown: Kitsilano, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Richard Weinberger had already started to establish himself as one of the world’s best open water swimmers when he captured bronze in the 10km marathon at London 2012, helping him to be named one of FINA’s top five open water swimmers of the year. He began his international breakthrough with a bronze medal at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships. In 2011 he won gold at both the Olympic test event in Hyde Park and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara. At the 2013 FINA World Championships, Weinberger placed fifth in the 10km, missing the podium by just seven-tenths of a second. But he showed great determination in coming back from a costly error when he missed a turning buoy just before the halfway mark, forcing him to expend a lot of energy just to catch up to the pack. Weinberger had an even narrower podium miss at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where he finished fourth in his first race of the summer, just one-tenth of a second out of bronze medal position after having led the race since the midway mark. He went on to post another top-10 finish at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Triathlon

Sarah-Anne Brault

Triathlon

Games: Rio 2016
Born: December 1, 1989
Birthplace: Levis, Quebec
Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec

BIOGRAPHY:
An alternate to the 2012 Olympic team, Sarah-Anne Brault represented Canada at three world junior championships from 2006 to 2008 and was the junior Pan American champion in 2008. She earned her first senior international victory in 2011 at a Pan American Cup event and was the 2012 Pan American Champion. Also in 2012, she made her World Triathlon Series debut and won her first World Cup medals, taking bronze in Ishigaki and silver in Edmonton. In 2013 she joined the national team but had to fight back from a stress fracture that limited her racing. In 2014 she posted career-best finishes on the World Triathlon Series, finishing fourth in Auckland and seventh in Yokohama, before competing at her first Commonwealth Games. She recorded another top-10 finish in Auckland in 2015. While attending West Virginia University, Brault competed in indoor and outdoor track as well as cross-country and was a Second Team All-American in 2011. She finished second in the 5000m at the 2005 Canada Games.

Amelie Kretz

Triathlon

Games: Rio 2016
Born: May 19, 1993
Birthplace: Sainte-Agathe des Monts, Quebec
Hometown: Blainville, Quebec

BIOGRAPHY:
Amelie Kretz began her international career as a junior in 2010. After being named elite junior of the year by Triathlon Canada in 2012, she won the U23 world championship bronze medal at the 2013 ITU Grand Final in London. Earlier that summer she had won her first World Cup event, taking gold in Edmonton. That helped her to be named elite U23 of the year by the national federation in 2013 and 2014. She earned her second career World Cup podium in 2015, finishing second in Mooloolaba, and posted her first top-10 finish on the World Triathlon Series in London. She went on to earn senior elite of the year honours from Triathlon Canada, despite having to take a break from racing during the summer because of a femoral stress fracture. In 2016, Kretz achieved a career-best result on the World Triathlon Series, placing eighth in Yokohama to put Canada in position to qualify three women for Rio 2016.

Tyler Mislawchuk

Triathlon

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: August 19, 1994
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hometown: Oak Bluff, Manitoba

BIOGRAPHY:
A newcomer to the senior national team, Tyler Mislawchuk splits his training base between Australia and Spain. In 2013 he won a silver medal at the Canada Games, where he was joined on Team Manitoba by his sister Madison, a rower. Mislawchuk began competing internationally in 2011 which included a trip to the ITU World Championship Grand Final in the junior division. He made his World Cup debut in 2013 on home soil in Edmonton. After competing in various Pan American Cup, Oceania Cup and European Cup events, Mislawchuk made his ITU World Triathlon Series debut in 2015. In just his third start on the elite circuit, he finished 10th at the London stop where he was the highest-ranked Canadian man. He also posted a 10th place finish at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and competed at the Grand Final as a senior for the first time. Mislawchuk achieved two more 10th place finishes in his first three World Triathlon Series starts in 2016.

Kirsten Sweetland

Triathlon

Games: Rio 2016
Born: September 24, 1988
Birthplace: Nanaimo, BC
Hometown: Victoria, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Kirsten Sweetland made history in 2006 when she became the first Canadian woman to win the world junior title. After being an alternate for the 2008 Olympic team, Sweetland captured silver at the 2010 World Under-23 Championships. But after that early success, which included her first World Cup victory in 2007, Sweetland endured numerous injuries. Over the course of her career she has suffered nine stress fractures in her legs and back, two torn plantar fascia and a concussion. After missing out on the 2012 Olympic team, she became just the third Canadian triathlete to stand on the podium at the Commonwealth Games, winning silver at Glasgow 2014. That came just a couple of weeks after she won bronze in Hamburg, making her the second Canadian woman to earn a podium finish on the World Triathlon Series. She also posted a fourth place finish in Stockholm. But in that race, she contracted a bacterial infection that made her feel like she had toxic sludge in her blood and affected her nervous system for the better part of a year. Though she tried to continue competing, tests later showed a toxic mold illness and a Rickettsia infection. In 2015, she finished just three international events, including the Rio 2016 test event. In May 2016 she completed her first international race since September 2015.

Volleyball (Men)

Blair Bann

Volleyball

Games: Rio 2016
Born: February 26, 1988
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY:
While competing for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, Blair Bann was twice named the CIS Top Libero and represented Canada at the 2009 Universiade in Belgrade. As a member of the national team, he won bronze at the 2013 NORCECA Championship where he also earned Best Receiver honours. Bann was a member of Canada’s FIVB World League Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016. At the latter, he was Canada’s top-ranked receiver and second-ranked digger as the team won Group 2 to earn a spot in the elite Group 1 in 2017. Bann was also part of Canada’s seventh place finish at the 2015 FIVB World Cup.

Daniel Jansen VanDoorn

Volleyball

Games: Rio 2016
Born: March 21, 1990
Birthplace: Langley, BC
Hometown: Langley, BC

BIOGRAPHY:
Daniel Jansen VanDoorn is a two-time CIS Champion with Trinity Western University who also helped Canada to a fifth place finish at the 2013 World University Games. In 2014, he was part of Tourcoing Lille Metropole’s remarkable comeback from sitting in 12th place at the halfway mark of the season to winning the French Pro B Championship, earning the team advancement to Pro A in 2015. At the 2015 NORCECA Championship, Jansen VanDoorn was named Second Best Middle Blocker as Canada won the gold medal. VanDoorn competed with Canada in the FIVB World League in 2015 and 2016. The team won Group 2 at the latter, earning a spot in the elite Group 1 for 2017.

Rudy Verhoeff

Volleyball

Games: Rio 2016, Toronto 2015
Born: June 24, 1989
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

BIOGRAPHY:
Rudy Verhoeff’s first major competition for Canada was at the 2009 FIVB World Junior Championship. He has since become a key member of the senior national team, helping the men to a best-ever seventh place finish at the 2014 FIVB World Championship. He was also part of Canada’s seventh place finish at the 2015 FIVB World Cup and helped Canada win bronze at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Verhoeff was vital to Canada’s top-six success in the FIVB World League in 2013 when he served a couple of aces at the end of an epic five-set victory over world number two Russia. He also played in the World League in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Verhoeff spent his collegiate career at Trinity Western University, winning back-to-back CIS national titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He was named CIS Championship MVP during the first title run and won the Dale Iwanoczko Award during the second as outstanding CIS student-athlete.