Liz Gleadle throws a javelin

Liz Gleadle


Liz Gleadle surprised many in her Olympic debut at London 2012 when she became the first Canadian woman to qualify for an Olympic javelin final since 1968. She was also Canada’s first female Olympian in javelin since 1988. But she had her true breakout season in 2014, after having missed all of 2013 with a back injury. She broke her Canadian record twice, finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, won bronze at the IAAF Continental Cup, and won gold at the Birmingham Grand Prix Diamond League event, competing against an elite international field. She improved her Canadian record to 64.83m in May 2015 before going on to win gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Later that summer, she made the final in her IAAF World Championship debut and won silver at the Diamond League final in Zurich, defeating the new world champion. Gleadle competed at her second Olympic Games at Rio 2016. In 2017, Gleadle reached the finals at the IAAF World Championships, despite suffering from tendinitis in her throwing arm that would eventually end her season early. Gleadle has won eight Canadian titles in javelin, including a streak of wins that extends back to 2014.

A Little More About Liz

Getting into the Sport: Threw her first javelin in her grade 8 gym class… Was invited to try out for the track team when she was the only one who didn’t flip it or hit herself in the back of the head… Decided to focus on track and field in 2004, found she was able to pick up javelin quickly because she played fastpitch for years, ‘letting your hips do the work and allowing the arm to act like a whip is what it’s all about’… Made the difficult but necessary move to Lethbridge for training in 2011, fueling her Olympic desires… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology… Enjoys reading, singing or dancing around the house, and is learning German. During the off-season tries to say ‘yes’ to more experiences that she wouldn’t do while competing… KidSport ambassador… Coaches javelin at her local club. Would like to pursue a career in physiotherapy… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “A goal is just a dream with a plan”… Is close friends with Jamaican long jumper Kim Williams, ‘she’s a gem of a human’…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2012 LondonAthleticsJavelin - Women12
2016 RioAthleticsJavelin - Women16

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 - 16th (javelin); 2012 - 10th (javelin)

Pan American Games: 2019 - SILVER (javelin); 2015 – GOLD (javelin)

Commonwealth Games: 2018 – 4th (javelin); 2014 – 5th (javelin)

FISU Universiade: 2011 - 8th (javelin); 2009 - 6th (javelin)

World Athletics Championships: 2019 - 16th (javelin); 2017 – 12th (javelin); 2015 – 11th (javelin)

World Athletics Championships (junior): 2006 – 12th (javelin)

World Athletics Championships (youth): 2005 – 5th (javelin)

World Athletics Continental Cup: 2014 – BRONZE (javelin)