Speed Academy has golden event

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

Tony Sharpe helps score scholarships for track and field stars

tony sharpe

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.