Canadian Olympian Liz Gleadle visits Calgary to meet Javelin’s Alberta team

Story by Karen Majerly on June 9, 2016

On May 25, we were fortunate to have Canadian Olympian Liz Gleadle visit the Calgary, Alberta office of Javelin Technologies. We had a great day with Liz. We introduced her to everyone who works in our Calgary and Edmonton offices, enjoyed a nice breakfast, and chatted with Liz about her training and recent win at the Diamond League event in Tokyo, Japan. Liz also brought a few javelins in to show us.

Our host for the morning was Mario Vetere, who heads up the Javelin Aras PLM team and is our great leader in our Calgary office. We thought it would be fun for Mario to interview Liz to get an update on her training and the whole team was able to ask her questions on a variety of topics. You can listen to the interview below. Mario did a great job and so did Liz.

Listen to the interview podcast:

3D printed products for Liz

We were also excited to show Liz a couple of products we developed for her, using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software and Stratasys 3D printers. When we first met Liz, she told us about the challenges she has keeping her javelins safe when she travels, so together with Liz our team designed a custom holder for them. Liz really thought they worked great. Read more about the 3D design process here. Liz also told us her wish to have a custom training aid to help her work on tense back and shoulder muscles. Our Javelin AEs have turned her ideas into a product she can use in the gym after working out. You can learn more about the 3D printed product here.

Liz Gleadle at the Calgary Office

Liz Gleadle at the Calgary Office

Our fearless leader of the Javelin technical team, Ted Lee, presented both products to Liz. She felt that both were going to help her out and also thought that other Olympians could benefit from them.

Ted Lee presenting Liz with 3D printed products

Ted Lee presenting Liz with 3D printed products

Visit to Javelin customer Honeywell

After breakfast, we visited Honeywell, one of our top-notch Calgary customers. Honeywell uses both SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys products from Javelin. Our host was Jessica Soodeen, a Senior Engineering Supervisor and the Global Manager for 3D Printing at Honeywell. Jessica gave us a thorough office tour and educated us on some of the products they design and print. We learned about how a production 3D printer is changing the way Honeywell designs and prototypes. Jessica is a real inspiration and a great leader within Honeywell.

Jessica Soodeen with Liz Gleadle

Jessica Soodeen at Honeywell with Liz Gleadle

Media event at Spolumbo’s Deli

Our group then headed over to Spolumbo’s Deli on 9th Avenue South East in Calgary. Our host for that event was Tony Spoletini, who is one of the owners. Without a doubt, Spolumbo’s has the best Chicken Parm sandwich in all of Calgary!

Liz with Tony Spoletini, owner of Spolumbo's Deli

Liz with Tony Spoletini, co-owner of Spolumbo’s Deli

Tony and his team were fantastic and generous hosts to us and to Liz. We invited local media to meet us there for lunch and CTV, Global, and the Calgary Herald took the chance to interview Liz about her experiences on her Road to Rio and how she’s been working with her sponsor Javelin. No surprise – Liz does a superb job with her interviews.

Liz Gleadle Media Interviews

Liz Gleadle Media Interviews

Watch the CTV news story below:

Spolumbo’s Sports wall of fame

A highlight of the Calgary visit was Tony inviting us to coordinate getting a signed, framed jersey so that Liz could be recognized on the sports wall of fame at Spolumbo’s. That was really special and Liz will be in fine company!

Overall, we had a super day with Liz. She was very gracious with her time and we appreciate that. Thank you also to Tony from Spolumbo’s, Jessica Soodeen from Honeywell, and of course our great suppliers DS SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys Ltd. Both partner companies helped us a great deal with the design and printing of the products that we presented Liz.

What’s next for Canadian Olympian Liz Gleadle?

She has been competing internationally to prepare for her final run to the summer Olympics in Rio. Later this month, she’ll be back in Canada for the Harry Jerome Track Classic in Vancouver on June 17 and the Victoria International Meet on June 19. On June 21, she’ll visit our new offices and 3D printing lab in Vancouver, and the next day we’ll have a “learn to throw with Liz” event for local media (and brave B.C. Javelin people) at UBC. Liz is scheduled to compete again on June 30 in France and on July 10 for Canada’s national championships in Edmonton. Follow Liz on Twitter and Instagram at @Javelizz and show her your support.

Stay tuned for more on the blog about all the fun things we’ve been doing to get to know Liz better and support her journey.

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