Pickering Speed Academy's Tony Sharpe, Xahria Santiago honoured by Athletics Canada

Former club member Andre De Grasse recognized for Olympic performance

AJAX — The Speed Academy in Pickering has been rewarded for another excellent year, dominating the annual awards given out by Athletics Canada.

Head coach Tony Sharpe, a former Olympic medallist, has been named the development coach of the year for the second time in three years, while one of his current athletes, Xahria Santiago of Ajax, has been honoured as the youth athlete of the year.

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Relay teams shine at indoor championships

PICKERING -- The Speed Academy Athletics Club set the track on fire at the Ontario indoor relay championship held at the University of Windsor. The club won the youth division with a team score of 26 points, edging-out the University of Toronto Track Club and Laurel Creek Track and Field Club by just five points.

The youth boys captured gold medals in three of the four relay events they entered. The team of Shaquan Williams, Dwayne Tingling, Zayne Gordon and Wesley Best started the gold rush by winning the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:30.60. The Academy's B team of Ashton Hyde, Brandon Nunes de Souza, Yazin Joseph and Myles Williams won the bronze with a time of 3:39.36.

The 4x800m team of Cameron Rodrigues, Zayne Gordon, Brandon Nunes de Souza and Ashton Hyde followed, winning in a time of 8:26.34.

The sprinters continued the gold-medal haul throughout the afternoon. The team of Wesley Best, Shaquan Williams, Myles Williams and Graeme Thompson took the top spot in the 4x200m with a time of 1:35.57. The Academy boys finished the day with silver and bronze medals in the sprint ,edley relay. The silver medal went to: Zayne Gordon, Wesley Best, Dwayne Tingling and Brandon Nunes de Souza. Shaquan Williams, Myles Williams, Graeme Thompson and Ashton Hyde won the bronze.

The teams also competed at the Ontario youth championships in their individual events at York University on February 19-20