Her Story

The Canadian sprint hurdler Karelle Edwards was born on March 30, 1990 in Toronto, Ontario.

Growing up, Karelle was a provincial level gymnast but she knew that she would one day make the switch to track and field.

At the age of 17, in her first year of hurdling, Karelle represented Canada at the 2007 World Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.  The following year, she went on to be a semi-finalist at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Bygdoz, Poland after winning the Canadian Junior National Championships.

After graduating from high school, she received an athletic scholarship from Syracuse University. In the fall of her freshman year, Karelle was set to compete at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Championships in India but was unable to attend due to a back injury.

Karelle returned to Canada after her sophomore year to obtain medical treatment.  After a 3 year absence, she made a successful return to track in 2012. She was a finalist at the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials and a Gold Medalist at the 2012 Ontario Championships. In 2013, she continued to build on her achievements. She was a finalist at the Canadian Track and Field Championships and represented Canada at the Francophone Games in Nice, France. In 2015, Karelle competed at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. She was also a semi-finalist at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. 

Karelle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science (Specialization in Human Kinetics) in 2012.  She is currently doing a Masters in Counselling Psychology. 

Karelle is currently training with  Coach Lawrence Johnson.   She has set her sights on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. 



Sex Female
Birthdate March 30, 1990
Birthplace Toronto, ON Canada
Hometown Ottawa, ON Canada
Language Spoken  French and English
Height  170 cm, 5’7”
Weight 132 lbs, 60kg
Coach Lawrence Johnson
Affiliation Oiselle
Occupation Student/Athlete