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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Club members turn in a number of personal bests

EDMONTON — The Speed Academy had a number of its athletes turn in outstanding performances at the Canadian track-and-field championships in Edmonton.

The Pickering-based club had 11 podium finishes and six top-eight finishes at nationals.

Leading the way was Andre De Grasse, who won gold in the 100m, setting a personal best time of 9.95. De Grasse is on quite a roll heading into the Pan Am Games, having won the 100m and 200m at the NCAA championships as a member of the USC Trojans track team.

Other members of the club who turned in strong results were: Matthew Leliever, junior 400m gold; Leya Buchanan, junior 100m and 200m gold‎, setting new personal best times; Taylor Sharpe, junior 400m silver; Joshua Cunningham, 400m silver;  Mariam Abdul-Rashid, junior 400m hurdles silver; Maya Stephens, junior 100m silver, new personal best, 200m 8th; Daijha Heron, junior triple jump silver, new personal best, long jump bronze; Emma Li, junior pole vault bronze; Brittany Vernon, junior long jump 4th; Micah Peters, junior triple jump 4th; Ingvar Mosley, 110m hurdles 4th, new personal best; Shemar Hines, junior triple jump 8th.