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CSIO Toronto 2015 Ontario Athlete Tracker – Post #5: Beach Volleyball, Athletics & Women’s Basketball

This week CSIO’s TO2015 Ontario Athlete Tracker takes a closer look at the Ontario athletes and coaches that will represent Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Beach Volleyball, Athletics, and Women’s Basketball.


Volleyball Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee recently announced the men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams for the 2015 Pan Am Games. The Ontario athletes representing Canada are:

  • Josh Binstock, Richmond Hill, ON
  • Melissa Humana-Paredes, Toronto, ON
  • Sam Schachter, Richmond Hill, ON

The men’s team of Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter and the women’s team of Melissa Humana-Paredes and her partner, Taylor Pischke of Winnipeg, Manitoba, all train at Volleyball Canada’s Full Time Training Centre located at Downsview Park in Toronto. This world class facility is paired with the world class facility at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario to offer an enhanced daily training environment for the identified athletes and coaches.

Melissa Humana-Paredes, her partner Taylor Pischke, and Sam Schachter have all been identified athletes in the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI). OHPSI is a program designed by CSIO to provide sport science and sport medicine services to athletes who are best capable of achieving future international success on senior national teams in targeted winter and summer sports. The OHPSI investment also contributes to funding athlete participation in training camps and international events.

The identified 2015 Pan Am Games athletes can often be seen training in CSIO’s main Strength and Conditioning space at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, alongside other OHPSI supported members of the Beach Volleyball National Team. CSIO’s Ryan MacDonald (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Nicole Springle (Lead, Sport Nutritionist), Judy Goss (Mental Performance Consultant) and other practitioners across a range of disciplines provide an Integrated Support Team (IST) for these athletes.

The Canadian Beach Team coaching staff features Head Coach and Team Leader, Steve Anderson (Toronto, ON) and Assistant Coach, Adriana Bento (Toronto, ON). Steve is a participant in the Coach to Leader program, a partnership between CSIO and Performance Coaching Inc., enhancing the leadership skills of a select group of Ontario’s high performance coaches. Adriana is an OHPSI supported coach, as the OHPSI investment also supports the creation of full time coaching roles and provides for coach professional development. The third member of the Beach Coaching staff is Chris Galbraith (Kingston, ON). Chris is the Team’s Performance Analyst, and this role is partially supported through OHPSI investment.


The Canadian Athletics team which will represent Canada at TORONTO 2015 includes:

Team Canada Women:

  • Kelsie Ahbe / Pole Vault / Green, ON
  • * Khamica Bingham / 100m / Caledon, ON
  • * Melissa Bishop / 800m / Eganville, ON
  • Jillian Drouin / Heptathlon / Corunna, ON
  • Caroline Eherhardt / Triple Jump / Espanola, ON
  • * Crystal Emmanuel / 100m / East York, ON
  • Melissa Fraser / Javelin / Hillsburgh, ON
  • Sultana Frizell / Hammer Throw / Perth, ON
  • * Phylicia George / 100m Hurdles / Markham, ON
  • Sasha Gollish / 1500m / Toronto, ON
  • Rachel Hannah / Marathon / Toronto, ON
  • Shaina Harrison / 4x100m Relay / Aurora, ON
  • * Nikkita Holder / 100m Hurdles / Pickering, ON
  • Alanna Kovacs / Discus Throw / Barrie, ON
  • Lanni Marchant / 10,000m / London, ON
  • Rachel Seaman / 20km Race Walk / Peterborough, ON
  • Taylor Sharpe / 400m / Pickering, ON
  • Alicia Smith / Triple Jump / Brampton, ON
  • * Sarah Wells / 400m Hurdles / Unionville, ON
  • Jellisa Westney / 4×100 Relay / Mississauga, ON
  • Jessica Zelinka / Heptathlon / London, ON

Team Canada Men:

  • Mohammed Ahmed / 10,000m / St. Catharines, ON
  • Tacuma Anderson-Richards / Triple Jump / Toronto, ON
  • Patrick Arbour Decathlon / Ottawa, ON
  • Shawnacy Barber / Pole Vault / Toronto, ON
  • Jharyl Bowry / Long Jump / Mississauga, ON
  • Nathan Brannen / 1500m / Cambridge, ON
  • Aaron Brown / 4x100m Relay / Toronto, ON
  • * Andre De Grasse / 100m / 200m / Markham, ON
  • Derek Drouin / High Jump / Corunna, ON
  • Raymond Dykstra / Javelin / Grimsby, ON
  • Duschane Farrier / 4x100m Relay / Scarborough, ON
  • * Daniel Harper / 400m / Brampton, ON
  • Tim Hendry-Gallagher / Shot Put / Parry Sound, ON
  • Matthew Hughes / 3000m Steeplechase / Oshawa, ON
  • Sekou Kaba / 110m Hurdles / Ottawa, ON
  • Evan Karakolis / Javelin / Scarborough, ON
  • * Gregory MacNeill / 400m / Hurdles / London, ON
  • Brendon McBride / 800m / Windsor, ON
  • Tim Nedow / Shot Put/Discus Throw / Brockville, ON
  • Daniel Novia / Hammer Throw / Mississauga, ON
  • * Philip Osei / 400m / Toronto, ON
  • * Ross Proudfoot / 5000m / Lively, ON
  • * Dontae Richards-Kwok / 4x100m Relay / Toronto, ON
  • Michael Robertson / 4x400m Relay / Williamstown, ON
  • * Brendon Rodney / 200m / Brampton, ON
  • * Anthony Romaniw / 800m / Hamilton, ON
  • Gavin Smellie / 100m / Brampton, ON
  • * Damian Warner / Decathlon / London, ON
  • Rob Watson / Marathon / London, ON
  • Jason Wurster / Pole Vault / Stevensville, ON

The 15 athletes noted above (*) have all been a part of the OHPSI program, a partnership between Athletics OntarioAthletics Canada, and CSIO. The athletes have received sport science and sport medicine services from a range of expert practitioners at CSIO including Sport Biomechanist, Carolyn Taylor.

Sasha Gollish, named to the team for the Women’s 1500m, is also a graduate of the Advanced Coaching Diploma program delivered by CSIO. The ACD program provides high performance coaches with additional training and education on their path to coaching at the National Team level. What is truly unique is that Sasha went through the ACD program and graduated as an Alpine Skiing Coach.

The Ontario coaching staff for Athletics at the Pan Am Games includes: Head Coach, Peter Eriksson (Ottawa, ON); Team Coaches Glenroy Gilbert (Ottawa, ON), Jeff Huntoon (Toronto, ON), Anthony McCleary (Pickering, ON), Richard Parkinson (Toronto, ON), Dave Scott-Thomas (Guelph, ON), Joel Skinner (Sarnia, ON), Desai Williams (Mississauga, ON); and Team Manager Jessica Scarlato (Richmond Hill, ON).


Canada Basketball and the Canadian Olympic Committee officially named the Women’s Basketball Team for the Toronto 2015 Games. The team consists of seven players from Ontario:

  • Natalie Achonwa, Guelph, ON
  • Miranda Ayim, London, ON
  • Miah-Marie Langlois, Windsor, ON
  • Kia Nurse, Hamilton, ON
  • Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Toronto, ON
  • Tamara Tatham, Brampton, ON
  • Shona Thorburn, Hamilton, ON

Shay Colley of Brampton, ON and Saicha Grant-Allen of Hamilton, ON were named as alternates to the team. Shay was an identified OHPSI athlete in 2014/2015.

Ontario Basketball in conjunction with Canada Basketball have received OHPSI support for Women’s Basketball since 2014/2015. As a result many of these athletes receive sport science and sport medicine services from CSIO Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kosta Poulos, and a compliment of other discipline areas offered at CSIO.

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