Speed Academy kids strike silver

Run down medals at provincial indoor championships

PICKERING -- Members of The Speed Academy showed fast tracks at the Ontario Minor Track Association Provincial Championships at York University recently.

The Academy sent five athletes to the indoor championships, with four returning with silver medals.

Mitchell Sharpe, 11, of Pickering, earned silver in the atom boys' 60 metres.

Nathaniel Rodney-Scarlette, 11, of Ajax, finished with a silver medal in the atom boys' 200 metres.

Thomas Murphy, 11, of Ajax, captured a silver medal in the atom boys' 400 metres. Nichalos Kissoon, 11, of Pickering, finished sixth in the same race, while Lucas McKaye, 11, also of Pickering, was seventh.

Sharpe, Rodney-Scarlette, Murphy and Kissoon teamed up for The Speed Academy in the atom boys' 4-x-200-metre relay, finishing with another silver medal.

The Speed Academy is the dryland conditioning program coached by Tony Sharpe, a Pickering resident who was an Olympic track and field bronze medallist in 1984. He's assisted by his wife, Colene Sharpe, who was a member of the Canadian national track and field teams from 1984 to 1986.

Sharpe notes all five of the boys compete in other sports (Sharpe in hockey and soccer; Rodney-Scarlette, Murphy and McKaye in soccer and Kissoon in hockey), but made a foray into track and field just to "see how they stacked up".

"Being an Olympian myself, I could see the talent in these kids," says Sharpe, who wasn't surprised by their performances at the provincials

Canada's Morales Williams riding with confidence as NCAA indoor 400m champion Morales Williams riding success with confidence.

Christopher Morales Williams

Christopher Morales Williams, of Vaughan, Ont., is seen in action for the University of Georgia during the NCAA Southeastern Conference indoor championships, in Fayetteville, Ark., in a Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Georgia, Wesley Hitt, *MANDATORY CREDIT* GAC

The switch flipped for Christopher Morales Williams in the time of the 2023 outdoor season.

Last spring, the runner from Vaughan, Ont., learned to control his negative thoughts, discovered that it was OK to feel nervous before races, and built his confidence.

Morales Williams credits the change in philosophy for the recent addition of NCAA national champion to his growing resume.