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.


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.