The Speed Academy off to quick start

Athletes earn 13 medals at indoor meet

TORONTO -- The Speed Academy athletes are off to a quick start to the indoor season, winning 13 medals at the International Youth Meet of Champions at York University.

The midget girls began the medal haul by going one, two, three in the midget girls' 400m. Mariam Abdul-Rashid led the way with a provincial U15 record, clocking 57.43, followed by Taylor and Sommer Sharpe respectively.

Wesley Best earned a silver medal in the youth boys' 400m, running a personal best time of 51.23. Brandon Bob captured a silver medal in the youth boys' 60m with a personal best time of 6.91. Newcomer Joshua Cunningham raced to a bronze-medal finish in the youth boys' 200m, and Yazin Joseph also snatched bronze in the youth boys' 60m hurdles with a personal best time of 8.52 seconds. Keith Cyrus won the junior boys' 400m running a personal best time of 52.63 seconds.

All five sprint medley relays teams made it to the podium.

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.