Albstadt, Germany, May 21, 2018 – Canadian riders had some strong results at the second round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Albstadt, Germany, on May 19-20. In Elite women, Emily Batty (Trek Factory) finished 13th and Sandra Walter (Canadian National Team) 15th – her best-ever European World Cup result. In the Elite men’s race, national champion Peter Disera (Norco Factory) cracked the top-30, finishing 28th, while Canadian Under-23 champion Sean Fincham was 21st in the Under-23 men’s race.
Rain through the week made the circuit muddy and slick, with almost every rider in the Under-23 and Elite women’s races crashing at least once on the steep and technical descents. By the time the Elite men rode on Sunday afternoon, the track was starting to dry up a bit and they did not face the same conditions.
World champion Jolanda Neff of Switzerland dominated the Elite women’s race, leading from start to finish. Canada’s Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team) had a strong start, and was in seventh place after the start loop, but went down hard on one of the drop offs, falling to the mid-teens before finishing 19th. Batty rode a consistent race in the low-teens, with one crash of her own, while Walter moved up from 46th on the start grid to the top-25 in the start loop. A strong second lap put her into 16th, and she maintained her standing for the remainder of the race.
“That was the definition of thick, heavy mud,” said Batty. “I think my bike is weighing at least 29-30 pounds right now. It was a solid race; I was in the top spots but I was riding pretty clean with only one mistake. Through the race the mud got more dry and tacky, so the wheels were so heavy and you had to muscle the bike around. All in all, I thought it was a pretty decent race.”
“I ride in the mud all winter,” said Walter, “so when it starts getting crazy I know these are my conditions. I had a lot of fun out there. I definitely didn’t race a super clean race, but I felt confident and didn’t make too many mistakes. I’m really excited [with 15th] and thankful to the Canadian team and the staff for making it such a great project.”
In other Canadian results, Cindy Montambault was 42nd, Haley Smith (Norco Factory), who crashed hard on one of the drops, was 50th, and Catherine Fleury (Canadian National) was 64th.
Batty moves up one spot to 13th in the World Cup standings, while Pendrel drops from seventh to 14th. Smith drops from 23rd to 34th, Walter debuts at 37th and Montambault is 39th.
In the Under-23 women, world champion Sina Frei of Switzerland took the lead from the start and never looked back, setting the fastest lap times on all but one lap. Laurie Arseneault was the top Canadian in 27th, followed by Juliette Tetreault in 32nd, Mackenzie Myatt (Canadian National Team) 40th and Anne Julie Tremblay (Canadian National Team) 48th.
The Elite men’s race saw world champion and defending World Cup champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland win his first World Cup of the year. Disera moved up steadily through the entire race, from 46th after the start loop, to 40th after Lap 1, then 34th, 30th and into 28th with two laps to go. Leandre Bouchard (KMC-Ekoi-SR Suntour) lost places on the start loop, but began to pull back spots in the second half of the race, to finish 34th. Raphael Gagne (Silverback OMX) was 57th and Andrew L’Esperance (Canadian National Team) 66th.
“It was pretty wild,” said Disera, “Haley [Smith] told the traction was pretty good, which made me happy, because here with the steep track, if it gets slippery it can be quite tricky. I rode well, except for an encounter with a tree, which caused me to lose six spots. I just continually fought and moved through groups. I’m happy with today, for sure.”
Schurter leads the standings with 450 points. Disera moves up from 45th to 38th and Bouchard drops from 36th to 39th. L’Esperance is 75th and Gagne 76th.
In the Under-23 men’s race, Fincham, riding for the national team, rode up through the field to finish 21st after starting on the fifth row of the starting grid. He had two very strong laps to move into the top-20 and continued to advance over the next two laps, moving as high as 16th, before fading slightly in the last lap. Marc Andre Fortier (Pivot-OTE) also had a strong race, finishing 24th, followed by his team mate Raphael Auclair in 30th and Quinton Disera (Norco Factory) in 31st.
In other Canadian results, Gunnar Holmgren (Canadian National) rode up through the field from 120th on the start line to finish 63rd, with Felix Belhumeur (Pivot-OTE) 76th and Brody Sanderson 114th.
Albstadt, Germany, May 15, 2018 – Canada will bring eight riders to Europe for a national mountain bike project at Rounds 2 and 3 of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Germany and the Czech Republic.
While a number of top Canadian pros will compete with their trade teams in Albstadt, Germany, on May 18-20, and Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, on May 25-27, a selection of riders will also participate in Team Canada colours.
Dan Proulx, National Mountain Bike Coach, explains, “These World Cups are incredibly challenging and will test the riders’ climbing and technical skills. At this point in the season, most riders are in good form and we expect the races to be very fast. We’re bringing a good team of riders with a nice mix of developing athletes and experienced racers.”
“Emily Batty, Catharine Pendrel and Haley Smith will be competing with their pro teams at this event. They’ll be in the new Short Track event on Friday that will be used to establish start position for the XC race on Sunday. This is an exciting development for our sport and we’re looking forward to perfecting this event at the World Cup level. It’s going to be new for everyone in the field, so there will be a learning curve. Traditionally, when they add these sorts of events to endurance sport, Canadians end up doing very well.”
In the Elite ranks, Team Canada riders will be Andrew L’Esperance for the men, and Sandra Walter and Catherine Fleury for the women. The Under-23 squad is comprised of Mackenzie Myatt and Anne-Julie Tremblay for the women, and Gunnar Holmgren, Brody Sanderson and Sean Fincham for the men.
Andrew L’Esperance – Halifax, Nova Scotia [Elite Men]
Sandra Walter – Coquitlam, BC [Elite Women]
Catherine Fleury – Saint-Gedeon, Quebec [Elite Women]
Mackenzie Myatt – Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia [U23 Women]
Anne-Julie Tremblay – Chicoutimi, Quebec [U23 Women]
Gunnar Holmgren – Orillia, Ontario [U23 Men]
Brody Sanderson – Oro Medonte, Ontario [U23 Men]
Sean Fincham – Squamish, BC [U23 Men]
Gold Coast, Australia, April 12, 2018 – Canadian cyclists took their third medal of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, with Haley Smith winning the bronze medal in the women’s Mountain Bike competition at Nerang Mountain Bike Trails, just west of Gold Coast. Emily Batty was fourth and Leandre Bouchard sixth in the men’s race.
The 4.6 kilometre course took riders on two long loops out and back from the start-finish at an outdoor velodrome. Not as technical as World Cup circuits, the course was fast and flowy.
The women’s race saw Smith challenge at the front in the first half lap, with English riders Annie Last and Evie Richards, followed closely by Canada’s Emily Batty. However, Smith made a mistake on one the steep climbs, losing multiple spots, and had to work her way back from seventh.
Batty was sitting in third by Lap 2, 45 seconds behind the two English riders. Smith steadily moved up to join Batty by Lap 4 and dropped her team mate on the next lap, but the two front spots were out of reach. Annie Last took the gold medal ahead of Richards.
“I didn’t have a lot of expectations for a specific performance when I came here,” said Smith. “I struggled this week with believing that I deserved to be here, so my Games experience was about feeling the atmosphere and being confident in myself and my preparation. When I got to the start line, all I wanted to do was race and it worked out. The first climb has three technical up sections and I think everybody had problems at least once during the race, but unfortunately mine was on the first lap. Annie and Evie got a gap there and I fell back to about seventh. From that point on, I was just chasing. I kept my head down and kept at it, and it played out.”
“This is a very different event [from world championships]; this is a major Games, but it is a smaller field. There are some top international performers here, and I didn’t really know what to expect of myself, and I don’t know I can compare it to a world championships. But I’m really happy, and this is something I will have for the rest of my life. I feel very proud and humbled, and fulfilled.”
Dan Proulx, National Mountain Bike Coach, said “It was a strong race for our women; the start was pretty challenging with lots of traffic and a tight climb. If you missed it, it was a game changer. I’m proud of the girls for fighting back and they rode the last quarter of the race strongly. It is early, early season for us, and we have a lot of work to do as the World Cups start.”
In the men’s race, the New Zealand duo of Anton Cooper and Sam Gaze quickly opened a gap on the field with Alan Hatherly of South Africa joining them. Bouchard got caught up in traffic, missing the front group but managing to bridge up to the chasers. He tried to attack a few times but could not open a gap on English rider Frazer Clacherty, finishing sixth in a sprint just behind Clacherty.
“My start was so-so,” said Bouchard, “I was stuck behind some other riders on the first climb, so I lost contact with the front group. I kept charging and was able to make contact with the chase group. I tried to attack on the third lap, but there wasn’t enough space to pass and I crashed. I kept pushing to try and get in medal contention, but the gap was too big. I attacked on the last lap, but it wasn’t enough to get rid of the English guy and he won the sprint for fifth. It was a great experience to be here with the national team and represent Canada.”
Victoria, BC, April 1st, 2018 – The 2018 Canada Cup Mountain Bike Series opened on Saturday with wins in the Elite women and men by Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro) and Andrew L’Esperance (Forward Racing – Norco).
Held at Bear Mountain Resort, just outside Victoria, BC, the course is situated in the foothills of Mount Finlayson with breathtaking views of Victoria’s seaside harbour. Bear Mountain Resort is the national training centre for Canada’s mountain bike squad.
Pendrel, the 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist and defending champion at Bear Mountain, rode away from the rest of the women’s field to win by nearly one minute over Haley Smith (Norco Factory). Smith will head to Gold Coast, Australia, from Bear Mountain, to represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games. American Haley Batten (Clif Pro) took third, with Canadian national champion Emily Batty (Trek Factory) in fourth. Batty will also represent Canada at Gold Coast.
“Bear Mountain treated us to some dry conditions,” said Pendrel. “I had a strong start, following Haley Smith, who led the race out. There was a pretty big group of us still at the descent, but coming to the climb I went to the front and was able to open a gap, which I held to the finish.”
In the men’s race, L’Esperance held off Commonwealth Games athlete Leandre Bouchard (KMC-Ekoi-SR Suntour) by a slim two second margin to take the victory. National champion Peter Disera (Norco Factory) finished third, despite flatting twice and having to fight his way back into the top-3.
“It was a really fast race from the beginning,” said L’Esperance, “there were no laps where we took it easy. I led out on the first lap, which was my plan; to put pressure on, on the first descent. By the second lap it was down to four of us – me, Leandre, Peter and Sean [Fincham, L’Esperance’s team mate]. Pete got off the front, but flatted, so it was just ‘Dre and I until the last lap when Pete got back up. In the last 300 metres I managed to get to the front and hold on for the win.”
In the Junior Expert categories, Mireille Larose-Gingras (Equipe du Quebec/Sigma) won the women’s race over Marianne Theberge (Equipe du Quebec/Mathieu), while Holden Jones (Cycling BC) won the men’s, a bare one second in front of Carter Woods (Dodge City Cycles/RMB/CBC).
“The race started fast, like I planned,” said Jones. “Three of us got into the singletrack together at the front. I attacked on the final climb and just managed to hold on for the finish.”
Victoria, BC, March 31st, 2018 – The 28th season of the Mountain Bike Canada Cup cross-country series opens on March 31st at Bear Mountain Resort, just outside Victoria, BC. The Canada Cup has been the career starting point for many of Canada’s top professional and Olympic riders.
Situated in the foothills of Mount Finlayson with breathtaking views of Victoria’s seaside harbour, Bear Mountain Resort is the national training centre for Canada’s mountain bike squad, and offers vistas of the Olympic Mountain Range, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
In addition to the UCI sanctioned competitions for Elite and Junior men and women, the Bear Mountain Canada Cup will offer racing for age categories from kids to Masters. The 5.97 kilometre circuit opens with a sustained climb on pavement and singletrack before a long rough and rooty descent.
All three of Canada’s Commonwealth Games athletes will race at Bear Mountain – national women’s champion Emily Batty (Trek Factory), Haley Smith (Norco Factory) and Leandre Bouchard (KMC-Ekoi-SR Suntour). They will be joined by Olympic bronze medalist and defending champion Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro) and national men’s champion Peter Disera (Norco Factory).
Mathieu Boucher, Director of Performance Development at Cycling Canada, said, “We are thrilled to open the Canada Cup series for the third year in a row at Bear Mountain Resort, the Training Center for our national Mountain Bike Program. Riders will be treated to an amazing and challenging course with all the hospitality that Bear Mountain Resort has to offer. The event will showcase Canada’s top riders as well as top international pros who will begin their season with the opening round of the Canada Cup; it will be a week-end packed with action and fun for all the Mountain Bike Community!”
Stellenbosch, South Africa, March 11, 2018 – Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, BC, was Canada’s top finisher at the opening round of the UCI Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike World Cup in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on Saturday, finishing seventh in the Elite women’s competition.
Pendrel, a three-time World Cup overall champion and the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, rode in the top-5 for most of the six lap race, battling reigning world champion Jolanda Neff of Switzerland for the final podium spots before fading slightly in the final lap. Annika Langvad of Denmark won the women’s race ahead of Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France. Other Canadian results include Canadian champion Emily Batty (Brooklin, ON) in 14th, Haley Smith (Uxbridge, ON) in 23rd, Cindy Montambault (Val-David, QC) in 34th and Rebecca Beaumont (Alma, QC) in 44th.
“I felt great,” said Pendrel, “just needed a little more dig in the last lap, but racing always helps train the brain and I look forward to fighting for the podium again at the next one.”
In the Elite men’s race, Leandre Bouchard (Alma, QC), who will represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games, was the top Canadian in 36th place. Sam Gaze of New Zealand outsprinted world champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland to take the victory. Other Canadian results include Canadian national champion Peter Disera (Horseshoe Valley, ON) in 45th, Andrew L’Esperance (Halifax, NS) in 57th and Raphael Gagne (Quebec City, QC) in 66th.
“I managed my race very well and had a clean ride,” said Bouchard. “I only did 2-3 minor mistakes. I just need a bit more power to be at the fitness level I’m looking for. It’s still early in the season so I’m looking forward to the next World Cups, and the Commonwealth Games.”
Canada also had four riders competing in the Under-23 men’s race, with Quinton Disera (Horseshoe Valley, ON) the top Canadian in 24th place, followed by Raphael Auclair (Haute-Saint-Charles, QC) in 40th, Felix Belhumeur (Montreal, QC) in 47th and Marc-Andre Fortier (Victoriaville, QC) in 51st.
Ottawa, ON – March 8, 2018 – Cycling Canada announced today the departure of its Chief Technical Officer, Jacques Landry, effective immediately.
In making the announcement, Cycling Canada President, John Tolkamp, thanked Landry for 9 years of strong technical leadership that resulted in consistent international podium performances for Canada, particularly across the organization’s track, mountain bike and para-cycling programs.
Landry took the helm of Cycling Canada’s high performance programs in the fall of 2008 and played a key role in the organization’s growth and development since that time.
The transition comes as Cycling Canada launches a new Strategic Plan and embarks on a long-term mission to grow the sport of cycling at all levels and disciplines across the country.
“Jacques has been a tireless advocate for high performance cycling in Canada and has made a notable contribution over the years,” said Cycling Canada CEO Pierre Lafontaine. “As we roll out a bold new plan and pivot the organization in a new direction, it’s the right time to take a fresh look at our high performance programs and how they align with and support that vision.”
“I want to express our thanks to Jacques for all he has done for our organization. No doubt he will be missed,” noted Cycling Canada President John Tolkamp. “However, I’m confident that we have the people in place to lead us forward toward both our high performance and overarching sport development goals. It’s an exciting time for cycling in Canada and I believe in the power of our team, our community and our athletes to continue to move the sport to new heights.”
During the transition period, Pierre Lafontaine will assume leadership of Cycling Canada’s high performance programs on an interim basis until an internal review has been completed.
Ottawa, ON, January 31, 2018 – Due to a multitude of factors, Cycling Canada has made important changes to its events calendar for the 2018 season. The changes to the domestic race calendar are as follows:
Bear Mountain Canada Cup (Langford, BC)
Sanction reduced from UCI C1 XCO to UCI C2 XCO for XCO Canada Cup
UCI C3 XCO event scheduled for Sunday April 1st has been reduced to a Provincially sanctioned XC Short Track
The Saturday March 31st event will continue with a UCI C2 sanction, including the first North American stop of the UCI Junior Series
Baie-Saint-Paul Canada Cup (Baie-St-Paul, QC)
Moved from June 1-2, 2018 to May 20-21, 2018
Sunday May 20th will be a C1 sanctioned XCO Canada Cup, including C1 UCI XCO Junior Series. Sunday will be a C3 event in the Cross Country Short Track format
Vélomotion Canada Cup (Mont Tremblant, QC)
Has been added to the calendar on May 26-27, 2018
Saturday May 26th will be a UCI C2 sanctioned XCO Canada Cup, including C2 UCI XCO Junior Series. Sunday will be a UCI C2 sanctioned DH Canada Cup
Cycling Canada is also excited to announce the addition of U17 Expert Men & U17 Expert Women as Official Canada Cup XC categories beginning in 2018. These categories will compete for their own Canada Cup overall ranking, including leader’s jerseys. The first event to include these new categories will be the Bear Mountain Canada Cup, scheduled for March 31st in Victoria, BC.
Toronto BMX Canada Cup (Toronto, ON)
Moved from July 7-8, 2018 to July 14-15, 2018
Will remain UCI C1 sanction Canada Cup #2 on Saturday July 14, and National Calendar sanctioned Canada Cup #3 on Sunday July 15
BMX Canadian Championships & Canada Cup (Drummondville, QC)
Moved from July 14-15, 2018 to July 7-8, 2018.
Canadian BMX Championships will occur July 7th, and National Calendar sanctioned Canada Cup #1 on Sunday July 8th
Abbotsford BMX Canada Cup (Abbotsford, BC)
Will now host a single UCI C1 event instead of a double C1 weekend. The event will follow the format of a UCI C1 Canada Cup #4 on Saturday August 18th, and a National Calendar sanctioned Canada #5 Cup on Sunday August 19th
Toronto CX (Toronto, ON)
At the request of the UCI, the Toronto CX event scheduled for Saturday September 1st has been reduced to a UCI C2 sanction, as opposed to the originally posted C1 sanction. This is due to UCI regulations surrounding first year events. The event will remain a double-header weekend, with a second C2 occurring on Sunday September 2
2018 Global Relay Canadian Road Championships p/b Lexus – Elite/Junior/Para (Saguenay, QC)
Relocation of the 2018 Canadian Elite/Junior/Para Road Championships from Kamloops, BC to Saguenay, Quebec from June 21-24
“As with any other race season, our 2018 events calendar has continued to develop since our original posting in the fall,” said Josh Peacock, Competition Coordinator at Cycling Canada. “The changes outlined above represent both challenges and opportunities we face while building a Canadian race calendar in an ever-changing cycling events landscape. We would like to thank our organizers and racing community for providing their continued feedback and support as we place our final touches on what will promise to be an exciting race season in 2018”.
Ottawa, ON, January 30, 2018 – Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the athletes who will be part of the MTB NextGen DTE Program for 2018, which is already underway for the current racing season.
The MTB NextGen DTE Program is focused on providing targeted athletes with an elevated level of support to move seamlessly into the elite ranks and deliver international podium performances. Support includes a world-class Daily Training Environment, including personalized and periodized coaching and integrated support services, with a focus on performances on the international competition schedule. The program is designed to offer athletes an optimized preparation with the goal of increasing opportunities for selection onto national program projects and international performances within the national program. Program services are based out of Victoria, BC, with the training environment moving as required throughout the year.
“We have an exceptional group of eager and hard-working athletes,” said Mountain Bike NextGen Coach, Jeff Ain. “The work is well underway, and things are looking bright for the future of mountain bike in Canada. I am very fortunate to work every day with this group, as well as the exceptional support network of service providers who help underpin the program.”
All athletes accepted to the core program are coached by Cycling Canada’s MTB NextGen coach, Jeff Ain, and will have full access to all projects and integrated support services through the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. In addition to the core program athletes, there is a pool of eleven associate athletes who are offered training opportunities based on project capacity and availability.
The 2018 squad consists of:
Sean Fincham – Squamish, BC Dana Gilligan – Oro Medonte, ON Soren Meeuwisse – Oro Medonte, ON Mackenzie Myatt – Musquodoboit Harbour, NS
Ottawa, ON, January 24, 2018 – Commonwealth Games Canada and Cycling Canada announced today the nine women and nine men who will represent Canada in the cycling events at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, on April 5-14, 2018.
Canadian cyclists have a long tradition of medal-winning performances at the Commonwealth Games, including three medals at the Glasgow Games in 2014. At the Gold Coast Games, athletes will compete in Track, Mountain Bike and Road cycling events.
“The Commonwealth Games is a really special event,” said Team Leader for cycling Kris Westwood. “On the one hand it’s a highly competitive event that gives our veteran athletes a shot at career highlight performances; on the other hand it’s an opportunity to give valuable major Games experience to our future Olympians — this will be the first Games experience for nearly half our delegation. In track cycling, with Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand competing, the field will be world-class, so it’s really exciting to return to the Commonwealth Games and see the progress we’ve made since Glasgow in 2014. Four years ago, the men’s Team Pursuit program was just getting off the ground; now, we’re heading to the Games with a seasoned, competitive squad. Meanwhile, the addition of the women’s Team Pursuit to the program gives us an event to shine in, and we can expect strong results in Mountain Bike as well.”
The cycling competitions will begin with the Track events, where a total of 20 gold medals will be awarded. The Team Pursuit and Team Sprint are new additions to the Games program for women and for the first time in Games history there will be the same number of cycling medal events for men as for women. Canada is particularly strong in the women’s Team Pursuit, winning bronze medals at the past two Olympic Games, as well as a gold medal in World Cup competition this season. The team will be anchored by Calgary’s Allison Beveridge, a member of the World Cup winning squad, as well as the reigning national road champion. The men’s program, while much newer, finished second to the world champion New Zealand squad in World Cup competition this season.
“I’m really looking forward to my first Commonwealth Games,” said Beveridge. “The Games are quite close to the world championships, which are always a major goal and will provide some challenges, but preparation for both are coming along well and the team is getting closer on and off the bike. It’s a good mix of events with the Team Pursuit now in the Games for women, so it’ll be a lot of fun to prepare for. Hopefully, the team will also be able to have some individual strengths shine through in the various events.”
“I’m thrilled with our Games team line up,” said Women’s Track Endurance Coach Craig Griffin. “It’s a great balance of youth in Ariane [Bonhomme] and Kinley [Gibson], and experience with Steph [Roorda], Allison [Beveridge] and Annie [Foreman-Mackey]. These Games provide an important opportunity to embrace and experience a major Games environment as we continue to build and strengthen our squad for Tokyo. I’m confident we can deliver medal winning performances on the track and also be in the mix for the road events.”
The Sprint events on the track will see Canada boast two World Cup medalists; Hugo Barrette of Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, and Stefan Ritter of Edmonton.
Canada has been a dominant force in Mountain Biking at the Commonwealth Games since it was introduced at Manchester in 2002; having won every gold medal in the women’s competition and a total of 8 of 18 medals awarded. Three Canadian riders will represent Canada at the Gold Coast, led by Emily Batty of Brooklin, Ontario, the silver medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games champion in 2015 and fourth at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Batty will be joined by rising star Haley Smith of Uxbridge, Ontario, for the women’s race, and Rio Olympian Leandre Bouchard of Alma, Quebec, for the men’s competition.
Emily Batty, currently at a pre-season training camp with the national team, said “With the 2018 race season looming on the horizon, I come into the season with new motivation, and the Commonwealth Games will be a great race to begin with. I’ve made some major changes this year, and it will be interesting to see how some of those changes translate to racing and, in particular, a significant Games event. To represent Canada on the international stage is an absolute honour as always, and one I will never take for granted.”
The Road events will close out the cycling competition, with the track endurance athletes filling the roster for the women’s and men’s road races and time trials.
“Whether it’s on the road, on the velodrome track, or down the mountain, the fast-paced sport of cycling is always captivating,” said Chef de Mission Claire Carver-Dias. “With three medals four years ago, and a returning medalist in Emily Batty on the team, our 18 Canadian athletes are bound to contend for top spots at the Commonwealth Games once again in Gold Coast.”