Wesley Best at the top of his game

Sprinter wins gold, silver at Ontario championships

AJAX -- Wesley Best of Ajax led The Speed Academy to a 10th place finish in the Junior Division at the Ontario Bantam, Midget and Junior Track and Field Championship at York University.

A total of 38 clubs competed in the Junior division.

Best opened the weekend by winning a silver medal in the 60m, lowering his personal best time to 6.88 and followed that up with a gold medal sprint in the 200m on Sunday with another personal best time of 21.92.

He will head to New York this weekend to take on the top high school sprinters in the United States, when he competes at the U.S. National Indoor High School Championships.

Brandon Nunes de Souza from Pickering ran to a bronze medal finish in the Jr. Boys 800m in a personal best time of 1:58.55. Keith Cyrus from Pickering also snatched a bronze medal in the Jr. Boys 60m Hurdle and Taylor Sharpe from Pickering took home the bronze medal in the Midget Girls 300m.

The following athletes also had personal best performances: Alex Janes, 60m, 8.21; Yazin Joseph, 200m, 24.11; Cameron Rodrigues, 800m, 2:08.23; Zayne Gordon, 800m, 2:03.35; Ashton Hyde, 800m, 2:04.10.


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.