FRIZELL Sultana < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Canada   
Gender Women
Born 24 Oct 1984 in Perth, CAN
Height1.83 m
Weight 110 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Kamloops, BC, CAN
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Exercise and Health Science - University of Georgia: Athens, GA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up athletics at age three, and began hammer throw at high school.
Why this sport? Her father first introduced her to throwing events. "For some reason in my sick little mind I looked at the hammer and thought, that is me in a nutshell. I looked at the handle and little ball and thought I'm either a few seconds away from destroying something or executing something brilliant. It looked crazy."
Club / Team Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club: Canada
Name of coach Derek Evely [personal], CAN, from 2013
General Interest
Injuries The start of her 2016 season was disrupted by a torn tendon in her foot. (, 17 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Little moments build big dreams." (Instagram profile, 18 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours She received the Gilbert Award for Best Female Field Athlete at Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club in Canada in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. (, 23 Nov 2015)

She was Canada's flag bearer during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (, Aug 2014)
Ambitions To win a medal in hammer throw at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 17 Jun 2016)
At the end of 2013 she came close to quitting competitive athletics. She had become disheartened by not reaching the hammer throw final at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russian Federation, and her parents had both been suffering from ill health. Canadian hammer thrower Jennifer Joyce helped persuade her to continue. "I considered stopping. I didn't know if I had enough strength to keep going. I'm an only child, so I wanted to be there for my parents. The question I faced was, 'do I live my life too?'. I was packing my car to go back home to Ontario [from her training base in Kamloops, BC, Canada] when Jennifer said returning to Ontario would probably be the worst thing I could do. She was definitely the one who changed my decision. You gotta love teammates." (, 28 Jul 2014)

She took part in figure skating for about 10 years as a child, and her experience prepared her for hammer throw. "At my first practice I was given a sobriety test from my throws coach at the time, to see if I could handle twirling with an inanimate object and knowing where I was in space to let it go out of the cage. I was instructed to spin around really fast and then walk a straight line. I said, 'I was a figure skater, I got this'." (, 21 Jul 2015)

Her name Sultana comes from a vineyard in France called Sultanna that her parents visited. Her mother liked the name but dropped an 'n' from the name. (, 28 Jul 2014)