To encourage and develop athletic talent in a safe, positive and caring environment.
The Speed Academy was founded by Olympic sprinter, Tony Sharpe in 2006 in an effort to introduce youth in his local community to the sport of track and field. Since 2006, the club has produced several national and provincial champions. The club is affiliated with both Athletics Ontario as well as the Minor Track Association and participates in competitions across Ontario and the United States. The Academy is focused on developing athletes in the following disciplines: sprints, middle distance, and hurdles.
The Speed Academy training program follows the principles of The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model, which was developed based on the research done by the Canadian Sport Centre’s LTAD expert group. It is a framework for optimal training, competition and recovery schedules for each stage of athletic development. The principles of this research have been adopted by The Speed Academy for proper management of youth and adolescent growth and development processes, used to identify the critical periods of accelerated adaptation to training.
For more information on LTAD visit: www.ltad.ca