Famous Canadian Athlete You Should Know

Famous Canadian Professional Athlete.

1. Penny Oleksiak

Penny Oleksiak

Penelope “Penny” Oleksiak is a Canadian competitive swimmer who specializes in the freestyle and butterfly events.
Born: June 13, 2000 in Toronto, Ontario
Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight: 68 kg (150 lb)
Sport: Swimming
Strokes: Freestyle, butterfly
Club: Toronto Swim Club, High-Performance Center – Ontario
Coach: Bill O’Toole, Ben Titley

2. Pernell-Karl Sylvester

Pernell-Karl Sylvester

P. K. Subban is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Born: May 13, 1989, Toronto, Canada
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
NHL team Former teams: Nashville Predators; Montreal Canadiens
Playing career: 2009–present
National team: Canada
Salary: 9 million USD (2017)
Current teams: Nashville Predators (#76 / Defenseman), Canadian National Men’s Hockey Team (#76 / Defenseman)

3. Andre De Grasse

Andre De Grasse

Andre De Grasse is a Canadian sprinter. He won the silver medal in the 200 m and bronze medals in both the 100 m and 4 × 100 m relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Born: November 10, 1994, in Scarborough, Metropolitan Toronto, Canada
Height: 1.76 m
Weight: 70 kg (154 lbs)
Nationality: Canadian
Parents: Beverley De Grasse, Alex Waithe
Education: Coffeyville Community College (2013–2014), University of Southern California

4. Sidney Patrick Crosby

Sidney Patrick Crosby

Sidney Crosby is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Born: August 7, 1987, Cole Harbour, Canada
Height: 180 cm
NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins
National team: Canada
Salary: 10.9 million USD (2017)
Current teams: Pittsburgh Penguins (#87 / Centerman), Canadian National Men’s Hockey Team (#87 / Forward)

5. Michael Edward Brett Saunders

Michael Edward Brett Saunders

Michael Saunders is a Canadian professional baseball outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Born: November 19, 1986, Victoria, Canada
Height: 6′ 4″
Spouse: Jessica Saunders (m. 2012)
Current team: Toronto Blue Jays (#21 / Outfielder)
Salary: 8 million USD (2017)
Education: Tallahassee Community College

6. Derek Drouin

Derek Drouin

Derek Drouin is a Canadian track and field athlete who competes in the high jump.
Born: March 6, 1990, in Sarnia, Canada
Height: 196 cm (6 ft 5)
Nationality: Canadian
Education: Indiana University Bloomington
Parents: Gaetan Drouin, Sheila Drouin

7. Melissa Bishop

Melissa Bishop

Melissa Bishop is a Canadian runner who specializes in the 800 meters.
Born: August 5, 1988, in Eganville, Ontario, Canada
Height: 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Education: University of Windsor
Event: 800 meters
Parents: Doug Bishop, Alison Bishop
College team: University of Windsor

8. Rosannagh Rosie MacLennan

Rosannagh Rosie MacLennan

Rosie MacLennan is a Canadian trampoline gymnast.
Born: August 28, 1988, King, Canada
Height: 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Weight: 119 lbs
Another name: Rosie
Club: Skyriders Trampoline Place
Head coach(es): David Ross
Parents: John MacLennan, Jane MacLennan
Education: University of Toronto, King City Secondary School

9. Brianne Theisen-Eaton

Brianne Theisen-Eaton

Brianne Theisen-Eaton is a retired Canadian track and field athlete who competed in the heptathlon and women’s pentathlon.
Born: December 18, 1988, Humboldt, Canada
Height: 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight: 141 lbs
Spouse: Ashton Eaton (m. 2013)
Education: University of Oregon
Parents: Calvin Theisen, Kimberly Theisen

10. Cory Ephram Joseph

Cory Ephram Joseph

Cory Joseph is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Born: August 20, 1991, Toronto, Canada
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Salary: 7 million USD (2015)
Position: Point guard
League: NBA
Current team: Indiana Pacers (#6 / Point guard)
Parents: Connie Joseph, David Joseph
Education: Pickering High School, Ajax, University of Texas at Austin

11. Stephen John Nash


Stephen John Nash

Steve Nash is a Canadian former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Born: February 7, 1974, Johannesburg, South Africa
Height: 1.91 m
Career end: 2015
Spouse: Lilla Frederick (m. 2016), Alejandra Amarilla (m. 2005–2011)
Awards: NBA Most Valuable Player Award, All-NBA Team
Education: St. Michaels University School, Santa Clara University
Career statistics: Points: 17,387 (14.3 ppg), Rebounds: 3,642 (3.0 rpg), Assists: 10,335 (8.5 apg)

12. Christine Margaret Sinclair

Christine Margaret Sinclair

Christine Sinclair is a Canadian soccer player and captain of the Canadian national team.
Born: June 12, 1983, Burnaby, Canada
Height: 1.75 m
Playing position: Forward, attacking midfielder
Current teams: Canada women’s national soccer team, Portland Thorns FC (#12 / Forward)
Parents: Sandra Sinclair, Bill Sinclair
Education: University of Portland (2001–2005), Burnaby South Secondary School

13. Hayley Wickenheiser

Hayley Wickenheiser OC

Hayley Wickenheiser OC is a Canadian former women’s ice hockey player
Born: August 12, 1978, Shaunavon, Canada
Height: 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
National team: Canada
Position: Centre
Shot: Right
Olympic medals: Ice hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Women’s Ice Hockey

14. Clara Hughes

Clara Hughes

Clara Hughes is a Canadian cyclist and speed skater who has won multiple Olympic medals in both sports.
Born: September 27, 1972, Winnipeg, Canada
Spouse: Peter Guzman
Books: Open Heart, Open Mind
Olympic medals: Speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women’s 5000 meters
Siblings: Dodie Hughes
Sport: Road bicycle racing, Track cycling, Speedskating
Parents: Ken Hughes, Maureen Hughes
Retired: February 24, 2010 (speed skating)

15. Donovan Bailey

Donovan Bailey

Donovan Bailey is a retired Canadian sprinter, who once held the world record for the 100 meters.
Born: December 16, 1967, Manchester Parish, Jamaica
Height: 1.85 m
Education: Sheridan College
Gold medal: Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men’s 100 meters
Children: Adrienna Bailey
Siblings: Arlene Duncan, Michael Bailey, Glenroy Bailey, Wilburn Bailey, O’Neil Bailey

16. Erica Wiebe

Erica Elizabeth Wiebe

Erica Elizabeth Wiebe is a wrestler competing for Canada.
Born: June 13, 1989, Stittsville, Goulbourn Township, Ontario, Canada
Height: 1.75 m
Weight: 75 kg
Residence: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Education: University of Calgary (2016)
Parents: Charles Wiebe, Paula Preston
Medal record: Women’s freestyle wrestling

17. Bobby Orr

Aaron Frutman

Robert Gordon Orr is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
Born: March 20, 1948, Parry Sound, Canada
Height: 1.83 m
Number: 4 (Boston Bruins / Defenseman)
Spouse: Margaret Louise Wood (m. 1973)
Books: Orr: My Story, Orr on Ice
Position: Defence
Shot: Left
Played for: Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career: 1966–1978

18. Charles Hamelin

Charles Hamelin

Charles Hamelin is a Canadian short track speed skater.
Born: April 14, 1984, Lévis, Canada
Height: 1.75 m
Partner: Marianne St-Gelais
Gold medals: Short Track Speed Skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Men’s 1500m, MORE
Siblings: François Hamelin
Parents: Yves Hamelin, Manon Goulet

19. Jennifer Abel

Jennifer Abel

Jennifer Abel is a Canadian diver.
Born: August 23, 1991, Montreal, Canada
Height: 1.6 m
Nationality: Canadian
Weight: 62 kg
Parents: Sylvie Danis, Jacques-André Abel
Olympic medal: Diving at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women’s synchronized 3-metre springboard

20. Patrick Chan

Patrick Chan

Patrick Lewis Wai-Kuan Chan is a Canadian figure skater.
Born: December 31, 1990, Ottawa, Canada
Height: 1.68 m
Education: École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé
Parents: Lewis Chan, Karen Chan
Olympic medals: Figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Men’s Singles

21. Mario Lemieux

Mario Lemieux

Mario Lemieux is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins team.
Born: October 5, 1965, Montreal, Canada
Height: 1.93 m
Career start: 1984
Position: Centre
Shot: Right
Played for: Pittsburgh Penguins
Spouse: Nathalie Asselin (m. 1993)
Children: Stephanie Lemieux, Lauren Lemieux, Alexa Lemieux, Austin Nicholas Lemieux
Nicknames: Super Mario, Le Magnifique, The Greatest One, Mr. 66
Playing career: 1984–1997, 2000–2006

22. Mark McMorris

Mark Lee McMorris

Mark Lee McMorris is a Canadian professional snowboarder who specializes in the slopestyle and big air events.
Born: December 9, 1993, Regina, Canada
Height: 1.78 m
TV shows: McMorris & McMorris
Siblings: Craig McMorris
Parents: Don McMorris, Cindy McMorris
Olympic medal: Snowboarding at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Men’s Slopestyle

23. Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic is a Canadian professional tennis player.
Born: December 27, 1990, Podgorica, Montenegro
Height: 1.96 m
Highest ranking: No. 3 (21 November 2016)
Current ranking: No. 11 (21 August 2017)
Wimbledon: F (2016)
Country (sports): Canada
Tour Finals: SF (2016)

24. Mike Weir

Michael Richard Weir

Michael Richard Weir is a Canadian professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.
Born: May 12, 1970, Sarnia, Canada
Spouse: Bricia Weir (m. 1994–2015)
Number of wins by tour: PGA Tour: 8, Other: 7
Lou Marsh Trophy: 2003
Lionel Conacher Award: 2000, 2001, 2003
Caddy: Pete Bender

25. Meaghan Benfeito

Meaghan Benfeito

Meaghan Benfeito is a Canadian diver.
Born: March 2, 1989, Montreal, Canada
Height: 1.55 m
Weight: 48 kg
Partner: Roseline Filion
Parents: Margarida Correia, Arthur Benfeito

26. Shallon Olsen

Shallon Olsen

Shallon Olsen is a Canadian artistic gymnast.
Born: July 10, 2000, Vancouver, Canada
Height: 1.58 m
Nationality: Canadian
Weight: 52 kg
Residence: Surrey, Canada
Parents: Jayne Chow-Olsen, Tony Olsen

27. Daniel Nestor

Daniel Mark Nestor CM

Daniel Mark Nestor CM is a Canadian professional tennis player.
Born: September 4, 1972, Belgrade, Serbia
Height: 1.91 m
Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Spouse: Nataša Gavrilović (m. 2005)
Current ranking: No. 43 (September 18, 2017)
Davis Cup: SF (2013)
Prize money: 12.71 million USD

28. Ellie Black

Ellie Black

Elsabeth “Ellie” Black is a Canadian artistic gymnast who represented her country at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.
Born: September 8, 1995, Halifax, Canada
Height: 1.55 m
Weight: 56 kg
Education: Dalhousie University
Parents: Thomas Black, Katharine Black
Siblings: William Black

29. Alysha Newman

Alysha Newman

Alysha Newman is a Canadian track and field athlete specialized in pole vault.
Born: June 29, 1994, London, Canada
Height: 1.75 m
University team: University of Miami
Parents: Paula Newman, Robert Newman
Siblings: Kris Newman, Dylan Newman, Brianna Newman

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