15 JUN 2004 General News

Sherbrooke silver medallist Kyle Helf leads Canadian squad for Grosseto

Kyle Helf of Canada - shot put silver medallist (Getty Images)Kyle Helf of Canada - shot put silver medallist (Getty Images) © Copyright

A Shot Put silver medalist at last year’s World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada, Kyle Helf will once again be his country’s best medal hopeful at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, 13-19 July.

Supported by the crowd, Helf set a personal best 20.79m in Sherbrooke and won one of only two medals for Canada. Helf also competed in the Discus Throw in Sherbrooke where he finished a respectable 10th.


Leading Canadian Athletes’ biographies

Kyle Helf
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Male Height: 188 cm / 6’2”
Born: 17 March 1986 Weight: 107 kg / 235 lbs
Birthplace: Alliston, ON – CAN Club: Simcoe Dufferin TF Club
Residence: Alliston, ON – CAN Coach:  Peter Dajia
 Languages: English School:     St. Thomas Aquinas High School
 
2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
1st  Shot Put (5kg) 20.89m 21 Jun 2003 Legion Championships – CAN
1st Discus Throw (1.5kg) 57.94m 21 Jun 2003 Legion Championships – CAN
1st Javelin Throw (700g) 64.74m 3 Aug 2003 Ontario Championships, Kitchener, ON – CAN
3rd Hammer Throw (5kg) 60.35m 3 Aug 2003 Ontario Championships, Kitchener, ON – CAN
 
PERSONAL BEST:
Shot put (5 kg) 20.89m 21 Jun 2003 Legion Championships – CAN
Shot put (6 kg) 17.90m 18 Jul 2003 Pam Am Jr., Bridgetown – BAR
Discus (1.5 kg) 57.94m 21 Jun 2003 Legion Championships – CAN


Kurt Benninger
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Male Height: 180 cm / 5’11”
Born: 01 January 1985 Weight: 57 kg / 125 lbs
Birthplace: Walkerton, ON – CAN Club: Saugeen Track Club
Residence: Chepstow, ON – CAN Coach:  Geordie Farrell
Languages: English Occupation: Student

PERSONAL BEST:
1500m  3:41.95 2 Aug 2002 Ontario Championships, Ottawa, ON – CAN
3000m 8:10.5 29 Jul 2003 Meagher, Halifax, NE – CAN
5000m  15:03.19 04 Aug 2002 Ontario Championships, Ottawa, ON – CAN

2003 CANADIAN RANKING:
23rd (Sr) 800m 1:15.63 03 Aug 2003 Ontario Championships, Kitchener, ON – CAN
1st (Jr) / 16th (Sr) 1500m 3:49.08 20 Jul 2003 Junior Pan Am Games, Bridgetown – BAR
1st (Sr) 3000m 8:10.5 29 Jun 2003 Meagher, Halifax, NE – CAN


Tabia Charles
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Female Height: 
Born: 06 Apr 1985 Weight: 
Birthplace:  Club: 
Residence: Pickering, ON Coach:  
Languages: English School:     

2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
1 TJ 13.04 15 Jun 2003 Top 3, Toronto, ON – CAN
1 LJ (indoor) 13.13 15 Mar 2003 NIS Championships, New York, NY – USA

PERSONAL BEST:
Long Jump 6.27 01 Apr 2003 Texas Relays, Austin, TX – USA
Triple Jump 13.53 (indoor) 16 Jan 2003 Gainesville, FL – USA


Jared Connaughton
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Male Height: 5’9 / 175cm
Born: 20 Jul 1985 Weight: 165lbs / 74kg
Birthplace: Charlottetown, PEI – CAN  Club: Dynamic Fitness
Residence: Arlington, TX – USA  Coach:  D.MacEachern/K.White
Languages: English School: University of Texas at Arlington

PERSONAL BEST:
100m 10.59 17 May 2004 Southland Conference Championships, San Marcos, TX – USA
200m 21.09 17 May 2004 Southland Conference Championships, San Marcos, TX – USA


Alex Genest
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Male Height: 175 cm/ 5’10’’
Born: 30 June 1986 Weight: 57 kg/ 126 lbs
Birthplace: Shawinigan, QC – CAN Club: Athletic Club Énergie
Residence: Lac-aux-Sables,QC – CAN Coach:  Pierre Thibodeau
 Languages: French, English School:    Sherbrooke College  

2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
2nd 2000mSC 5:51.61 13 Jul 2003 World Youth Championships, Sherbrooke, QC – CAN

PERSONAL BEST:
2000mSC 5:51.61 13 Jul 2003 World Youth Championships, Sherbrooke, QC – CAN


Jenni Hucul
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Female Height: 176 cm / 5’9”
Born: 17 May 1988 Weight: 64 kg / 141 lb
Birthplace: Saskatoon, SK – CAN Club: Saskatoon TFC
Residence: Saskatoon, SK – CAN Coach:  Todd Johnston 
Languages: English School:     University of Saskatchewan

2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
1st 100m 11.58 6 July 2003 Canadian Jr. Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN
2nd 200m 24.50 26 April 2003 Rice T, Houston, TX – USA

PERSONAL BEST:
100m 11.58 6 Jul 2003 Canadian Jr. Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN
200m 24.08 18 Aug 2002 Rice T, Houston, TX – USA
 
Megan Huzzey
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Female Height: 
Born: 06 Sept 1985 Weight: 
Birthplace: Victoria, BC – CAN  Club: 
Residence: Victoria, BC – CAN  Coach:  
Languages: English School:     

2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
5th 10kmW 53:17.98 06 Jul 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN

PERSONAL BEST:
10kmW 50.23 04 Apr 2004 Overland Park, KS – USA


Emily Johnson
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Female Height: 167 cm / 5’6”
Born: 23 Feb 1987 Weight: 66 kg / 145 lbs
Birthplace: Guelph, ON – CAN Club: Kitchener-Waterloo TFA
Residence: Guelph, ON – CAN Coach:  Luc VanGrootel 
Languages: English and French School:     John F. Ross Collegiate

2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
1st 200m 24.48 7 Jul 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN
6th 100m 12.16 6 Jul 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN

PERSONAL BEST:
100m 11.92        8 Jun 2002 OFSAA Championships, Belleville, ON – CAN
200m 24.00 6 Jul 2002 Tubman International Meet, Toronto, ON – CAN


Frances Keating
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Female Height: 5’7” / 170cm
Born: 21 Jun 1985 Weight: 127lbs / 57kg
Birthplace: Toronto, ON – CAN  Club: GFPAthletics
Residence: Earlton, ON – CAN Coach: Sheila Siemachesky
Languages: English, French School:  University of Nebraska

2003 CANADIAN RANKINGS:
1st 100mH (Jr) 13.94 20 Jul 2003 Pan Am Junior Championships, Bridgetown – BAR
1st 400mH (Jr) 61.52 15 Jun 2003 OTFA Top 3, Toronto, ON – CAN
20th 60mH (Sr) 8.90 09 Feb 2003 Toronto, ON – CAN  

PERSONAL BEST:
100mH 13.94 20 Jul 2003 Pan Am Junior Championships, Bridgetown – BAR
400mH 60.40 16 Apr 2004 Pumona Pitzer Invitational, Claremont, CA – USA
 
Alyson Kohlmeier
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Female Height: 157 cm / 5’2”
Born: 1 Dec 1986 Weight: 45 kg / 100 lbs
Birthplace: Sarnia, ON – CAN Club: Sarnia Athletics
Residence: Sarnia, ON – CAN Coach:  Mark MacDonald
Languages: English School:     St. Patrick's High School

2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
1st 1500m 4:20.64 10 Jul 2003 World Youth Championships, Sherbrooke, QC – CAN
7th 800m 2:14.16 21 Jun 2003 Great Lakes, St. Thomas, ON – CAN

PERSONAL BEST:
1500m 4:20.64 10 Jul 2003 World Youth Championships, Sherbrooke, QC – CAN
800m 2:11.72 22 May 2002 La Salle, QC – CAN


Sean Laforest
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Male Height: 5’10” / 177cm
Born: 28 May 1985 Weight: 220lbs / 100kg
Birthplace: Calgary, AB – CAN  Club: Valley Royals 
Residence: Mission, BC – CAN   Coach:  Harold Willers
Languages: English School:     

2003 CANADIAN JUNIOR RANKINGS:
3rd  Hammer (6kg) 57.11 21 Jun 2003 BC Junior Championships, Abbotsford, BC – CAN

PERSONAL BEST:
Hammer (6lb) 61.31 08 May 2004 Centennial Track Meet, Kamloops, BC – CAN


Paul Martin
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Male Height: 5’11” / 180cm
Born: 10 Jul 1984 Weight: 160lbs / 72kg
Birthplace: Toronto, ON – CAN  Club: UOTC
Residence: Pickering, ON – CAN Coach:  Milt Ottey
Languages: English School:     Pine Ridge Secondary

2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
1st 110mH 14.31 05 Jul 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN
2nd 400mH 53.48 06 Jul 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN

PERSONAL BEST:
110mH 14.31 05 Jul 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN


 
Michael Mason
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Male Height: 187 cm / 6’2”
Born: 30 Sept 1986 Weight: 70 kg / 155 lbs
Birthplace: Nanoose Bay, BC – CAN Club: Valley Royals TF Club
Residence: Nanoose Bay, BC – CAN Coach:  Tony Dickson / Barb Vida
Languages: English School:     Ballenas Secondary School
  
2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
2nd  High Jump 2.05m 19 Jul 2003 Canadian Championships, Victoria, BC – CAN

PERSONAL BEST:
High Jump 2.15 01 May 2004 Abbotsford, BC – CAN


Meredith McGregor
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Female Height: 
Born:  Weight: 
Birthplace:  Club: 
Residence: White Rock, BC – CAN  Coach:  
Languages: English School:     

2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
4th 2000mSC (Sr) 7:32.73 05 Jul 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN


Yvonne Mensah
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Female Height: 
Born: 15 May 1985 Weight: 
Birthplace:  Club:
Residence:  Coach:  
Languages: English School: University of Illinois

2003 CANADIAN RANKINGS:
10th  100mH 14.01 04 July 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN  
8th 100m 11.61 04 July 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN
4th 200m 23.92 06 June 2003 BC High School Championships, Burnaby, BC – CAN

PERSONAL BEST:
100mH 13.71 Feb 2004 Big Ten Conference Championship, Iowa City, IA – USA
100m 11.61 04 Jul 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN
200m 23.65 Feb 2004 Big Ten Conference Championship, Iowa City, IA – USA


Hank Palmer
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Male Height: 5’11/179cm
Born: 16 March 1985 Weight: 164lbs/75kg
Birthplace: Dollard-des-Orme, QC – CAN Club: Saint Laurent TFC
Residence: Dollard-des-Orme, QC – CAN Coach: Daniel St. Hilaire
Languages: English, French School:

PERSONAL BEST: 
100m  10.41   9 Aug 2003 Espoire, Sackville, NS – CAN
200m  20.94   20 Jul 2003   Pan American Jr. Championships, Bridgetown – BAR 

2003 CANADIAN RANKING:
1st (Jr.)/5th (Sr.)  100m 10.41 Espoire, Sackville, NS – CAN
1st (Jr.)/6th (Sr.) 200m 20.94 Pan American Jr. Championships, Bridgetown – BAR


David Pedneault
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Male Height: 186cm / 6’1”
Born: 25 May 1986 Weight: 77kg / 170 lbs
Birthplace: Montréal, QC – CAN Club: Racing de Montreal
Residence: Montréal, QC – CAN Coach:  Marc-Élie Toussaint
Languages: French/English School:     André Grasset

2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
1st 100m 10.45  5 Jul 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN
1st 200m 21.74  6 Jul 2003 Canadian Junior Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN
2nd 400m 49.66 10 May 2003 White Plains, NY – USA

PERSONAL BEST:
100m     10.45     5   Jul 2003        Canadian Jr. Championships, Saskatoon, SK – CAN
200m     21.51     15 Aug 2002 Legion National Championships, Sherbrooke, QC – CAN
400m     49.66     10 May 2003       White Plains, NY – USA


Kyle Smith
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Male Height: 
Born: 25 Jan 1985 Weight: 
Birthplace: Toronto, ON – CAN Club: 
Residence: Cedar Falls, IO – USA Coach:  
Languages: English School:     University of Northern Iowa

2003 CANADIAN JUNIOR RANKINGS:
3rd 1:51.74 15 Jul 2003  Hamilton, ON – CAN


 
Adrianne Vangool
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Female Height: 5’8” / 172cm
Born: 30 Oct 1985 Weight: 140lbs / 63kg
Birthplace: Saskatoon, SK – CAN  Club: Riversdale Athletics
Residence: Saskatoon, SK – CAN  Coach:  Rick Petrucha
Languages: English School:     University of Saskatchewan

2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
1st Pole Vault 4.01 10 Jul 2003 Saskatoon, SK – CAN

PERSONAL BEST:
Pole Vault 4.01 10 Jul 2003 Saskatoon, SK – CAN


Chris Winter
PERSONAL DATA:
Sex: Male Height: 185 cm / 6’1”
Born: 22 July 1986 Weight: 73 kg / 160 lbs
Birthplace: N. Vancouver, BC – CAN Club: Nor Westers
Residence: N. Vancouver, BC – CAN Coach:  Frank Reynolds
Languages: English School:     Handsworth Secondary School
  
2003 CANADIAN YOUTH RANKINGS:
1st 2000mSC 5:44.23 13 Jul 2003 World Youth Championships, Sherbrooke, QC – CAN
3rd  3000m 8:31.00 23 Jul 2003 Hershey, Burnaby, BC – CAN
6th Mile 3:58.83 6 Jul 2003 Craven, Burnaby, BC – CAN 

PERSONAL BEST:
3000m  8:31.00 23 Jul 2003 Craven, Burnaby, BC – CAN
1500mSC    4:12.98 10 Aug 2003      Canadian Legion Championships, Kitchener, ON – CAN
2000mSC    5:44.23       13 Jul 2003   World Youth Championships, Sherbrooke, QC – CAN

Yvonne Shoucair (Athletics Canada) for the IAAF