The 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London kick off tomorrow night (July 27) with the opening ceremonies. The following two weeks will be filled with runners, swimmers and everything in between. Here are some local athletes who will be competing in the Games.
The 23-year-old Guelph native will be competing in the men’s 200-metre individual medley in swimming. The heats get underway on Wednesday Aug. 1 and the final race is on Thursday Aug. 2.
Reid Coolsaet, Eric Gillis
Both are members of Guelph’s Speed River Track and Field Club and will compete in the men’s marathon on Sunday Aug. 12, which is the last day of the Olympic Games. Gillis, 32, is from Antigonish, N. S., and Coolsaet, 32, is a Hamilton native and is a Gryphon alumni.
The 30-year-old is also a member of the Speed River Track and Field Club and will be competing in the women’s 1,500-metre race. Round one goes on Monday, August 6, the semi-finals are on Aug. 8 and the finals go on Aug. 10, all at Olympic Stadium. Stellingwerf is from Sarnia.
The Shawinigan native is another member of the Speed River Track and Field Club and will be in the men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase on Friday Aug. 3 at Olympic Stadium. He is 26.
The 15-year-old will be competing in women’s artistic gymnastics in both the qualifications and team events. The qualifiers are on Sunday July 29 while the team events are on Tuesday July 31. Moors trains out of the Dynamo Gymnastics Club in Cambridge, but goes to school at Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School in Guelph.
The Guelph native will be a part of the Canadian woman’s basketball team. The 19-year-old power forward, nicknamed Ace, plays NCAA ball for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish.