Runner's Web
Runner's and Triathlete's Web News
Send To A friend Know someone else who's interested in running and triathlon?
Send this Runner's Web Story's URL to a friend.   Comment on this story.
Visit the FrontPage for the latest news.   |     View in Runner's Web Frame

Posted: March 17, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Athletics Canada names 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships team

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today the team that will compete at the 2009 World Cross Country Championships in Amman, Jordan.  The championships, which take place March 28, 2009 in Amman, will mark the first time in the championships’ history that they are held in the Middle East. 

While much of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan which spans the southern part of the Syro-Arabian desert down to the Gulf of Aqaba is covered by desert, the north-western area in which the capital city of Amman is situated is part of what is known as the Fertile Crescent. 

Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton, NB returns to the international stage after finishing as one of the top Canadian juniors at the 2008 edition of this event in Great-Britain.  Earlier this month in Florida Lalonde led the women’s junior team to victory with a gold medal performance at the NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean) Cross Country Championships.

Other athletes on the radar for Worlds are Catherine Cormier of New Richmond, QC in the senior women’s race and Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catherine’s, ON in the junior men’s Race; both athletes were the top Canadians in their respective races at the NACAC Championships.

2009 World Cross Country Team



Personal Coach

SENIOR MEN (12km course)


Joël Bourgeois

Grand-Digue, NB


Alex Genest

Sherbrooke, QC

Vincent Paquet

Saheed Khan

Toronto, ON

David Christiani

Derek Nakluski

Kitchener, ON

Terry Goodenough



Marilyn Arsenault

Victoria, BC            

Jon Brown

Catherine Cormier

New Richmond, QC

Kaven Després

Rachelle Malette

Windsor, ON

Andy Hahn

Chantell Widney

Edmonton, AB       

Glen Playfair

Chantelle Wilder

London, ON

Steve Weiler



Mohammed Ahmed

St. Catharine’s, ON

Stuart Galloway

Aleksandr Kuternin

Toronto, ON

Paul Poce

James Leakos

Saskatoon, SK                    

RossAnn Edwards / Mark Leakos

Nyjal Majock

Calgary, AB

Christine Laverty / Jason Lindsay

John Paul Malette

Windsor, ON

Gary Malloy

Mattias Wolter

Bridgewater, NS

Tanya Daniels



Stephanie Aldea

Windsor, ON

Ryan Turner

Chelsea Graham

Edmonton, AB 

Glen Playfair

Tamara Jewett

Toronto, ON

Jill Mallon

Justine Johnson

Victoria, BC           

Brent Fougner

Geneviève Lalonde

Moncton, NB

Joël Bourgeois

Caroline Pfister

Sherbrooke, QC     

Simon Croteau






Team Leader

Thelma Wright

Vancouver, BC

Head Coach

David Christiani

Toronto, ON

Team Coach

Glen Playfair

Edmonton, AB

Team Manager

Christopher Moulton

Guelph, ON

Team Physician

Dr. Shelby Karpman

Edmonton, AB


Connie Beukeboom

Collingwood, ON

At the 2008 World Cross Country Championships the women’s junior team finished 5th, the men’s junior team 7th, the senior women’s team 12th, and the senior men’s team was 14th.

Subscribe to the Runner's Web Weekly Digest

Check out our FrontPage for all the latest running and triathlon news.

Top of News
Runner's Web FrontPage

© 1996 - 2009 - All rights reserved.
  Google Search for: Q: size=31 maxlength=255 value="" style="font-size:8pt; background-color: #FFCC33; color: #000000">   in   Web Site       Translate