Media Coverage

  • Javelin Thrower Liz Gleadle’s Success Mantra “Plan, Execute, Achieve!” +

    Liz Gleadle was born in Vancouver, BC. Her parents, Dan and Sonia enrolled her in almost every sport available throughout elementary school, but Liz played for the Vancouver Wildcats Rep fastball team for a number of years as a pitcher, building skill that helped her to learn javelin quickly. Liz Gleadle Achievements Picked Read More
  • 05/06/2016 - CBC Sports - Shawn Barber, Liz Gleadle win events at Golden Grand Prix +

    Reigning world champ in pole vault clears 5.62 metres CBC Sports Posted: May 08, 2016 9:30 AM ET Last Updated: May 08, 2016 12:49 PM ET Shawn Barber, shown in this September 2015 file photo, won the pole vault event in Kawasaki, Japan on Sunday, May 8, 2016. (File/The Associated Press) Canadians Shawn Barber and Read More
  • 05/05/2016 - Vancouver Courier - Canadian ‘ice’ won’t melt at Rio Olympics: Gleadle +

    Kitsilano javelin thrower featured in Team Canada commercial Megan Stewart / Vancouver Courier  May 5, 2016 04:02 PM Liz Gleadle is one of a dozen athletes featured in the Canadian Olympic Committee marketing campaign for the 2016 Rio Summer Games.   Canadians are forged from ice and snow, hard-edged and cool even in sweaty, tropical Read More
  • 04/29/2016 - UBC Track and Field Website - Liz Gleadle's Summer of Wonder +

    Photo Courtesy Kaylee Moline   Track and Field | 4/29/2016 5:04:00 PM | Len Catling (Sr. Manager, Communications and Media Relations) Liz Gleadle's 'Summer of Wonder' Former UBC and current Canadian track star Liz Gleadle is hoping for a 'Super Summer' complete with Olympic glory. Already this spring she has been bestowed the role of Read More
  • 04/28/2016 - Vancouver Province - Summer athletes brave the chill +

    Cool ad campaign demonstrates Canadian mettle ahead of 2016 Games in steamy Brazil The Province 28 Apr 2016 VICKI HALL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. twitter.com/vickihallch — COC FILESJavelin thrower Liz Gleadle is among Canada’s athletes featured in the Canadian Olympic Committee’s wintry themed ad campaign ahead of the 2016 Rio Games. CALGARY — Javelin thrower Liz Gleadle realizes Read More
  • 04/27/2016 - National Post - Canadian Olympic Committee launches Rio 2016 brand campaign: Ice in our Veins +

      Vicki Hall | April 27, 2016 9:37 AM ET COCTwelve Olympic hopefuls slipped out to a remote location on Georgian Bay in February to shoot 40 hours of video footage. The resulting ad campaign launched online Wednesday morning. CALGARY – Javelin thrower Liz Gleadle realizes that, on paper, she is technically a summer athlete. Cam Read More
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Liz Gleadle was born in Vancouver, BC. Her parents, Dan and Sonia enrolled her in almost every sport available throughout elementary school, but Liz played for the Vancouver Wildcats Rep fastball team for a number of years as a pitcher, building skill that helped her to learn javelin quickly.

Liz Gleadle Achievements

Picked up at Javelin in Grade 8 Gym Class taught by Caroline Wittrin (who had competed for Canada in hammer)

2004

  • 3rd at BC High School Championships
  • BC Youth Champion
  • Canadian Youth Champion

2005

  • Canadian Youth Champion
  • Canadian Youth Record Holder – 50.53m
  • 5th Place at World Youth Championships in Morocco
  • Recipient of Myrtle Cook Award – Athletics Canada Award for Best Youth Athlete of the Year

2006

 
  • 2nd Place at ASU Invitational as a high school athlete at a NCAA meet
  • Canadian Junior Champion
  • 12th Place at World Junior Championships in China
  • High School Female Athlete of the Year Award (for Sport BC)

2007

 
  • Canadian Junior Record Holder – 52.37m(at Mt. SAC Relays, California)
  • Elbow injury – couldn’t attend Junior Pan Am Junior Championships despite qualifying for the team

2007-2010 UBC CAREER

  • 4 time NAIA Champion
  • NAIA Record Holder, Set Record 3 times
  • 2011 May Brown Award Recipient – Outstanding Graduating Female Athlete (based on UBC Career)

2008

 
  • Personal Best of 54.13m at Seattle, WA
  • Canadian Senior Champion
  • North American and Central American (NACAC) Champion in Mexico

2009

  • SFU Spring Open Personal Best of 55.85m
  • Canadian Senior Champion
  • 6th Place at World University Games (FISU) in Serbia
  • Canadian Senior Record 58.21m at FISU

2010

  • Winner of Texas Relays, and meet record – 57.85m
  • Mid season elbow injury – rest of season affected
  • NACAC Champion in the Florida, USA

2011

  • Low back injury – 2 months off from training preseason, affected fitness for season longevity
  • Moved to train at National Training Center in Lethbridge with Coach Larry Steinke in May
  • Personal Best of 58.40m at Lethbridge throws Gala
  • 8th Place at FISU in China

2012

  • Hit with 16lb hammer in right quad in January. 1 month off, full recovery within 2months
  • New Canadian Record of 59.85m at Lethbridge Throws Gala
  • Second Olympic B Standard of 59.15m
  • New Canadian Record of 61.15m at Harry Jerome International in Vancouver
  • Olympic Trials Champion, 60m (Meet Record), Qualified for London 2012
  • London 2012, 11th in Qualifying Round, Qualified for Finals, where she placed 12th

2014

  • Twice broke her own Canadian Record with a season’s and lifetime best of 64.5 meters
  • Llaced 5th at Commonwealth Games
  • Won the Birmingham Diamond league event, against a field of the world’s best throwers
  • Placed 3rd in the prestigous Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco

2015

  • Pan American Games Toronto, Canada 1st 62.83 m
  • World Championships Beijing, China 11th 59.82 m

Liz Gleadle

Liz Gleadle is an exceptionally talented and accomplished Canadian winner of Javelin Thrower. She has won gold at 2008 NACAC U-23 Championships Toluca, Mexico, 2010 NACAC U23 Championships Miramar, Florida, United States and 2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Canada. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness.

Full Interview

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Ms. Namita Nayyar: You were born in Vancouver, BC and started taking part in sports at a very young age. In Caroline Wittrin’s 2002 grade 8 gym class at Kitsilano, you threw your first javelin. You became a javelin thrower and in grade 10 (2004) stood 3rd at BC High School Championships, winning BC Youth Championships, and winning the Canadian Youth Championships. You reached the pinnacle of success by when in 2014 you twice broke your own Canadian Record and also won the Birmingham Diamond league event. What factors do you consider were responsible that made you achieve that?

Ms. Liz Gleadle:
 I’ve consistently made smart choices for my career at the right time. A few years back, when I knew I needed a new training environment, I decided to move to Lethbridge, Alberta to work with my coach, Lawrence Steinke. It was a hard decision to put my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology on hold, but it was necessary to make the 2012 Olympics. Once my training environment was established, I was able to focus on different aspect of my training to take me to the next level. Last season it was making sleep a priority, to be more productive at practice. This year I’ll be taking my nutrition to the next level with meal and supplement timing, ensuring I’m eating and properly absorbing nutrients.

Ms. Namita Nayyar:
 Tell us about your training in the sport of your specialization that helped you in your achievements in the world of javelin throw?

Ms. Liz Gleadle:
 I have an intense regime! I throw and lift 7-9 times per week, and do yoga or run when I have the energy to fit them in. More practices = more throws = better technique. The most important part of high frequency training is getting enough rest to be ready for the next practice. When rested, I can focus on technique, but if I’m tired I could be reinforcing bad habits. Quality is more important than quantity.

 

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Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you shall like to share?

Ms. Liz Gleadle:
 This year there was A LOT of lunges and step ups in my program, and I loved it. I focused on keeping good posture and core stability, and glute activation to get the most out of the exercises; they translated to noticeable extra power in my throw.

Ms. Namita Nayyar:
 Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?

Ms. Liz Gleadle:
 I’m constantly refining my diet, by experimenting with what works for me. I’m lactose intolerant, prefer to eat less gluten, and generally have protein with every meal or snack. I avoid sugar as much as I can, because I find my energy levels are more constant during the day – I skip the 3pm crash that I used to have. If you decide to cut out refined sugars from your diet, the first 2-3 days are tough to resist cravings, but I found you quickly realize how great your body can feel, and it’s worth it!

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Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you do to your hair to make them look so stunning?

Ms. Liz Gleadle: Thank you  						
						
				
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