The Canadian Cycling Association unveiled the list of athletes who have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Selection Pool for track cycling. 5 of the 11 atheles are from BC.
Zach Bell of Watson Lake, Yukon/North Vancouver, BC has been selected as part of the Men’s Track Cycling Olympic Pool in the Men’s Omnium; Laura Brown, Jasmin Glasser and Stephanie Roorda of Vancouver and Gillian Carleton of Victoria have been selected as part of the Women’s Track Cycling Pool in the Women’s Team Pursuit.
Other great Canadian athletes selected are:
Hugo BARRETTE (Sherbrooke, QC) [Keirin]
Cameron Mackinnon (Dieppe, NB) [Men’s Omnium]
Travis Smith (Calgary, AB) [Keirin]
Joseph Veloce (Fonthill, ON) [Keirin]
Monique Sullivan (Calgary, AB) [Sprint, Keirin]
Tara Whitten (Edmonton, AB) [Women’s Omnium, Women’s Team Pursuit]
Jacques Landry, Director of High performance and Team Leader of the 2012 Canadian team heading to London, is confident the team will be strong contenders for medals in London. “Our team is proud. Proud about the successes we’ve had around the world, and proud to represent Canada in doing so. We have covered all our bases into our preparations for the Games, and invested energy and resources in the track program, and we have clearly seen the return on those investments these past two seasons.”
Head Coach of the Canadian Track Cycling Team, Richard Wooles: “It’s great to see such a strong team be announced to the pool. Our Canadian athletes are determined to succeed in London. We put a plan in place four years ago, and we are starting to see some of the benefit of the great support provided. We have some of the best athletes in the world, and with the structure and support team we have in place I have a strong feeling we will reach our goals in London.”
Athletes in the Olympic selection pool have all qualified as a result of their performances since the UCI Qualification window has opened. As per the board-approved Selection guidelines, the High Performance advisory committee of the Canadian Cycling Association, comprised of many specialists in each respective disciplines, will gather and proceed with the selection of the athletes to be nominated to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team, and to represent Canada at the upcoming Olympic Games in London, UK.
For more information on the selection protocol for track cycling, please visit: http://www.canadian-cycling.com/disciplines/sites/default/files/Track%202012%20Olympic%20Selection%20Policy%20090811.pdf
The list of nominated athletes to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team will be announced on June 15th in Los Angeles, CA, the training base of the team.
Original: CCA Press Release May 2 2012