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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Photo finish win for Speed Academy sprinter

PICKERING -- Wesley Best has found another race he excels at.

Despite a slight hamstring strain, The Speed Academy athlete raced to a first place finish in the 60m at the Ontario Youth Championships. It was the first time the Ajax resident ran that distance this season.

Best and Andre Ford-Azonwanna grabbed the attention of spectators with their electrifying national lead photo-finishing feat of 6.90 in the Youth Boys 60m. Best won over Ford-Azonwanna in the photo-finish decision by three-thousandths of a second (6.893 to 6.896 respectively).

Next on the docket for best is the U.S. High School Nationals this month.