Speed Academy off to flying start

Podium finishes at first track-and-field meet of season

PICKERING -- The Speed Academy is off to a fast start to the 2011 indoor track-and-field season.

The Academy speedsters dominated the Phoenix Athletics all-comers track meet held at Variety Village in Scarborough, taking home a total of eight medals.

Wesley Best of Ajax led the way, winning the open men's 300m with a youth provincial record time of 35.48, breaking the old mark set by 200m world junior bronze medallist Aaron Brown.

Brandon Bobb, also from Ajax, was a close second in the open men's 50m, posting a time of 6.11, just .14 off the youth provincial record of 5.97.

The other Speed Academy medallists were: Shenaya McDonald, 3rd in the MTA senior girls' 50m; Ethan Augustin, 2nd and 3rd in the MTA senior boys' 150m and 300m respectively; Kaylan Bobb, 3rd in MTA senior boys' 150m; Rebecca Carter, 3rd in MTS senior girls' 300m; and Marcus Giles finished 2nd in MTA boys' senior 300m.

The Speed Academy resumes action on Jan. 21 at the International Youth Meet of Champions at York University where its athletes will take on athletes from across Canada and the USA.

Tony Sharpe helps score scholarships for track and field stars

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Sharpe, the former Canadian Olympian, runs the Speed Academy, a developmental track and field club in Pickering, which has helped dozens of athletes get NCAA scholarships.

The club was founded in 2006 and Sharpe left his corporate account manager’s job at Bell to track athletes full-time a few years later.

“I’m a full-time coach, you know, not something people do often in Canada,” says Sharpe, 59, adding about 50 Speed Academy athletes have received scholarships.