Dual citizens of the United States and Canada with a background in track and field are in a position to negotiate their eligibility for possible selection for the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto and 2015 World Championships in Beijing as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Jonathan Cabral has declared is eligibility to represent Canada in international competition via communication with the IAAF and the USA Track and Field. This PAC-12 110m hurdle champion and 4 time All-American is now completing his 4th year at the University of Oregon. Jonathan graduated from Agoura High School in Calabasas, California in 2012.
His best time of 13.45 is under the Olympic and World Championship standard of 13.47 as well as the 3rd best ever on Canadian lists behind Mark McCoy (13.08) and Charles Allen (13.23).
He follows the trend apparently set by Kelsie Ahbe who competed in the pole vault at the recent Canadian Indoor Championships in Montreal. This Indiana University graduate had competed for the USA, as did Jonathan Cabral in the 2010 World Junior Track and Field Championship in Moncton. Kelsie has also taken the option of declaring herself eligible to represent Canada internationally rather than the USA. Kelsie has jumped 4.47m in the pole vault this indoor season just shy of the World Championship and Olympic standard of 4.50m as well as the 3rd best ever on Canadian lists behind Kelsie Hendry (4.55m) and Dana Ellis-Buller (4.52m).
Shawn Barber of course initiated this concept back in 2012. He represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in Madrid. This junior at University of Akron who attended high school in Kingswood, Texas elected to follow the Canadian citizenship of his father, George Barber who represented Canada internationally with a best of 5.29m. Shawn has developed into an extraordinary pole vaulter who just won the NCAA Championships in 5.91m, a new Canadian and US collegiate record. He ranks in the top 15 vaulters in the world and will challenge for the podium at the Pan American Games in Toronto and the World Championships in Beijing.