Three years after spending time on the Purple and White roster together, current London Western Track and Field Club training partners Caroline Ehrhardt and Alicia Smith will represent Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Both compete in triple jump on July 21.
Each has one last chance to improve upon their season bests before heading into the Games as they head to Edmonton to compete at the 2015 Canadian Track and Field Championships, July 2-5. The championships also serve as the selection trial for this year’s World Championships, held in Beijing.
One of the greatest track and field athletes in Western’s lengthy history, Ehrhardt recently graduated from the Faculty of Health Sciences while holding OUA and CIS records for triple jump. With 18 OUA and CIS medals from her time with Western, along with four consecutive Canadian triple jump championships (2011-14), Ehrhardt leads the Canadian contingent with a season best jump of 13.08m.
A CIS champion in long jump, Smith continued to train and compete with London Western following her departure from the Mustangs in 2012, and has won a number of medals in that time, including claiming silver in the triple jump from 2012-14 at the Canadian Track and Field Championships. Already holding degrees in both Social Science and Education, the current Master of Coaching student and eight-time OUA and CIS medalist follows Ehrhardt with a season best of 12.99m.
With a combined 26 medals between them at the university level alone, the duo will aim to help improve upon Canada’s previous Pan Am appearance in 2011, when four medals were claimed.