DUNFEE Evan < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 28 Sep 1990 in Richmond, CAN
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Vancouver, BC, CAN
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Human Movement Studies - University of British Columbia: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began race walking at age 10 in Richmond, BC, Canada.
Why this sport? His brother taught him the basics of race walking in 10 minutes in their driveway, and right after that they left for a meet. "I was 10 years old when I decided to give this race walking thing a try. Blissfully ignorant I did alright and walked 4:57 for 800m."
Club / Team Race Walk West: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Name of coach Gerry Dragomir [personal]
General Interest
Injuries In 2018 his training was disrupted by a recurring hamstring injury. (soundcloud.com, 01 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Sport is an arena to develop and showcase your values, to be an ambassador, and to have your voice be heard." (dunfeewalks.com, 02 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours In 2019 he won the Athlete Social Responsibility Award at the Canadian Sport Awards. (airdrietoday.com, 21 Sep 2019)

In 2018 he won the KidSportBC Community Champion award in Canada. (Facebook page, 10 Mar 2018)

In 2017 he was named Senior Male Athlete of the Year by Sport BC in Canada. (Facebook page, 10 Mar 2018)

In 2015 he received the Fred Begley Award as Off Track Athlete of the Year in Canada. In the same year he was presented with the Fred Tees Award, which recognises the top Canadian athlete enrolled at a Canadian university. (richmond-news.com, 28 Mar 2015)
Milestones He became the first athlete representing Canada to win a medal in the 50km walk at the world championships by claiming bronze at the 2019 edition of the tournament in Doha, Qatar. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Jan 2020; sportsgazette.co.uk, 05 Oct 2019)
Famous relatives His father Don was a national team swimmer who went on to coach athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. His mother Karen competed in diving at the Canada Games. His great-uncle William Forsyth competed in the marathon at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. (olympic.ca, 22 May 2016)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)
Other information RIO DISAPPOINTMENT
He crossed the line in fourth place in the 50km walk at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but was then promoted to the bronze medal position after Japanese athlete Hirooki Arai was disqualified for making contact with him. Arai appealed, claiming that it was actually him that had been impeded, and was reinstated. Dunfee advised the Canadian team against making a counter-appeal and accepted his fourth-place finish. "Not many people can understand the pain athletes are in three-and-a-half hours into such a grueling race. I believe that both the Japanese athlete and myself got tangled up but what broke me was that I let it put me off mentally and once I lost that focus, my legs went to jello. Contact is part of our event, whether written or unwritten and is quite common, and I don't believe that this was malicious or done with intent. Even if an appeal were successful I would not have been able to receive that medal with a clear conscience and it isn't something I would have been proud of. I will sleep soundly tonight, and for the rest of my life, knowing I made the right decision." (athletics.ca, 19 Aug 2016)

He has worked with a number of charitable organisations in Canada, including 'KidSport' and 'Head to Head'. "Sport has been instrumental in shaping me into the person I am today. To have the opportunity now to give back and help get more kids playing sport so that they may be afforded all the same opportunities that this runty, bespectacled, uncoordinated, curly haired ginger had to grow and learn is the legacy I want to leave. I am the person I am today because of sport and I believe that no kid should lose out on the opportunity to participate because of financial reasons." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019; dunfeewalks.ca, 02 Oct 2018; Facebook page, 10 Mar 2018)