Although the Olympic qualification period officially closes on April 4th, final events last weekend saw five Canadians in position to clinch an Olympic berth. Canada could have at least one athlete in each discipline, among them, Laval’s Joseph Polossifakis who will represent the nation in men’s sabre event.
These 3 Laval divers are in the spotlight, having recently won together 4 silver medals in the Dubai world competitions. All 3 will be representing Canada in Rio this summer.
Roseline Filion – Diving
At age 16 Jennifer Abel was the youngest Canadian diver at Beijing 2008. At London 2012, it was Abel and partner Émilie Heymans who won Canada’s first medal of the Games with their 3m synchro bronze. Abel was a double medallist at Toronto 2015, adding gold in the individual 3m event. Abel will also be competing alongside synchro partner Pamela Ware. The two have already qualified Canada for the Summer Games in both the individual and synchro 3-metre event.
In their second Olympic Games at London 2012, Roseline Filion and partner Meaghan Benfeito won 10m synchro bronze. At the 2015 Pan Am Games the pair won gold in the 10m synchro event and shared the podium in the individual 10m event, in which Benfeito took bronze behind silver medallist Filion.
Roseline Filion participated the in Rio Olympic qualifier 2 months after breaking her ankle in order to qualify a second spot for Canada on 10-metre event. Canada’s first spot in the 10-metre event was secured last July. They also qualified Canada for the 10-metre synchro event spot.