Elite Athlete Program Helps Gleadle on Road to Rio

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lethbridge – Chasing her athletic dreams, Canadian thrower Elizabeth Gleadle packed up from Vancouver and moved east to Lethbridge to train with long time Pronghorn and Chinook head coach Larry Steinke, who also happens to be one of the best throws coaches in the country. In the process, Gleadle became one of the first athletes to be part of the Horns Recreation Elite Athlete program.
 
The Elite Athlete program is one in which approved athletes are eligible to receive membership subsidies. There are three levels of subsidy; 100% Subsidy for National team member of a major games sport (Olympics, Paralympics, Pan-Am Games and Commonwealth Games) and National team and national development team carded athletes; a 50% Subsidy for Non-carded national team members and Podium Canada targeted athletes; and a 25% Subsidy for Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) identified athletes and National Team Prospects of a major games sport.
 
The Canadian record holder in the Javelin and Pan American Gold Medalist, Gleadle joined the program in the spring of 2011.
 
“I was invited to join right after it was created and any help is always appreciated,” said Gleadle on joining the Horns Recreation Program. “Having my training centre costs looked after was one thing that I didn't have to worry about so I could focus on training instead.”
 
Gleadle went to the London Olympics four years ago, finishing 12th in the finals, and is excited to represent Canada for a second time at the Olympic Games.
 
“It means everything, being able to represent your country is one of the highest honours, and being able to do it at an event with the magnitude of the Olympics is overwhelming,” said Gleadle about representing Canada. “Canadians are proud and supportive of their athletes, and it inspires us to be at our best for the Games.”
 
Gleadle is in her final preparations for games in Rio and will compete in the Qualifying round on August 16th with the finals taking place two days later.