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The women behind Canada?s best runners (Canada)

Middle distance and distance running is on the rise in Canada. In 2019 alone, six national records have fallen on the track and of those records, five have been broken by women. Behind the athletes who are making a name for themselves in Canadian and international sport are great coaches, and the good news is, a lot of these stellar Canadian coaches are also women.

Brit Townsend, Paula Schnurr and Lynn Kanuka?each coached a 2018 national champion and have each represented Canada at various Olympics. After their own professional running careers, they began volunteer coaching.

Townsend is the head track and field coach at Simon Fraser University and is a two-time Olympian and former Canadian record-holder over 1,500m, 800m and one mile. She has since coached athletes to all levels of competition, including the Olympics. Currently, one of Townsend?s strongest athletes is Lindsey Butterworth, the 2018 national 800m champion. Townsend?s been a coach at SFU for 20 years, and has guided the team to hundreds of NAIA and NCAA Division II individual titles and dozens of team titles.


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