Canadian Masters Athlete of the Month – December 2022

Congratulations to Yannick Le Mouël and Karla Johnson-Gabruch for winning Athlete of the Month for December 2022!

On December 17, Yannick Le Mouël, age 55, blasted down the track in the 60m hurdles to set a phenomenal new Canadian record (CR) in 8.87s. He was competing in the Défi des Champions meet in Sherbrooke, QC. This performance eclipses the previous CR of 9.27s and is so very close to the number one time in the world for 2022 of 8.84s. Yannick resides in Saint Jean sur Richelieu, QC and his coach is Luc Lafrance.

Photo Credit: Yves Longpre

Also on December 17, Karla Johnson-Gabruch, age 44, launched her implement in the weight throw to the massive distance of 13.89m at the Santa Claus Throws Meet in Saskatoon, SK. This exceeded the Canadian record set in 2020 of 11.15m, as well as a Canadian record set on the same date as Karla’s, December 17, 2022 by Mélanie Guy, of 12.17m. Karla’s throw was the second furthest W40-44 weight throw in the world in 2022. Karla resides in Saskatoon, SK and is self-coached.

Honorable Mention

Carol Lafayette-Boyd demonstrated (again) in December why WMA awarded her Best Female Athlete of 2022! However, our CMA rules specify that no athlete can win the CMA’s AOTM more than once a year. On December 10, at the Larmer Friendship Games in Regina, SK, Carol revised the W80-84 WR in the 60m with a first ever sub-10s time in the 60m (9.98s), and smashed the CR for the 200m with her time of 35.82s. At the same meet, Carol long jumped to what should be a new CR and WR; however, this record awaits additional paperwork.

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