York Lions in Rio

Posted by Sam on August 10, 2016

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Khamica Bingham and team mates holding Canadian flags
Khamica Bingham and the Canadian 4x100m relay team at the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Last year marked the success of a number of York athletes at the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, part of which took place right here on York’s Keele campus. Fast-forward to 2016, and the Rio Olympics are now under way in Brazil. Once again, YorkU will be in attendance. Among the 65 Canadian athletes nominated by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Athletics Canada to represent Team Canada in Rio are the thrower Brittany Crew, a current York student, and Khamica Bingham, a former York student and Lions sprinter. Crew, a recent gold medalist at the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) and CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Championships, will be representing Team Canada in women’s shot put, while Bingham, a national champion in the 100m in 2015 and anchor for the women’s 4x100m, will be representing Team Canada in the women’s 100m and women’s 4x100m relay.

Brittany Crew
Brittany Crew
Khamica Bingham
Khamica Bingham

With the Games now in full motion, we reached out to one of the athletes, Brittany Crew, a few days ago to catch a brief glimpse of the life of an Olympian on her road to game day. Take a peek below:

What does a typical day look like for you now that you’re in Rio and approaching the Games?

We are at a training camp in the mountains of Brazil in Juiz de Fora, so a typical day looks like: Breakfast from 7am to 8am, catch the bus to the track at 8:45am, throwing session from 9am to 10:30am, eat a snack, do a lifting session at noon to 1pm, get the bus back to the hotel for lunch, get treatment before dinner, have dinner and then wind down with my teammates in our Team Canada lounge and go to bed around 10pm and do it all over again!

Other than obviously doing well, do you have any personal, specific goals in terms of your performance?

I’d like to make to it out of the qualifying rounds and into the top 12 final at 10pm the same day. Adding a personal best to the mix would be awesome as well!

Outside of training, how has your experience been in Rio so far?

Being in the Olympic village the first few days that I arrived in Rio was awesome. I got to navigate around the village and figure out where everything was, so it’s not so hectic when I get back from training camp. Especially since it’s going to be crazy busy when we arrive back into the village on the 9th. The locals are so nice and helpful, and we have been getting escorted everywhere by the police and military, so we all feel very safe and protected. So far my experience has been wonderful, and I’m sure, since the Games have started to kick off, that there will be many more great times and memories to follow!

Crew in action at the 2016 AC Trials in Edmonton, where she would throw a personal best of 18.06m.
Crew in action at the 2016 AC Trials in Edmonton, where she would throw a personal best of 18.06m.

With that we wish our athletes the best of luck and an eventual safe trip back home. If their performances last year at the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are any indication, not to mention at an array of events since then, we can count on our fellow Lions to put in stellar performances once again. Thanks again to Brittany, whose first event is this Friday, August 12, for answering a few of our questions and offering us a quick glance at Rio thus far. Be sure to show Brittany and Khamica your support by tweeting them at @BrittCrew and @MicaBingham on Twitter!

More York-affiliated Olympians who would love your support:

Arthur Biyarslanov ­– Boxing (@ArthurNoxchi)

Melissa Pagnotta – Taekwondo (@MelissaPagnotta)

Deniel Nestor – Tennis (@DanielNestor9)

(Below: Brittany Crew beating her personal best at the Edmonton Trials this past July)


Sam recently graduated with an Honours BA in Communications.

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