The Speed Academy third at provincial indoor youth championships

Pickering-based track-and-field club makes its mark

TORONTO -- The Speed Academy finished third in the overall team standings at the 2012 Athletics Ontario provincial indoor youth championships held at York University.

The top spot went to the University of Toronto Track Club with a score of 121 points, followed by Laurel Creek Track Club in second with 60 points. The impressive 53 points third-place showing was the result of the solid performances of Brandon Bobb, Tacuma Anderson-Richards and Yazin Joseph.

Anderson-Richards opened the scoring on Saturday by winning the triple jump with a personal best leap of 14.41m. Later that afternoon Brandon Bobb defeated the national 100m and 200m youth champion, Andre Ford-Azonwanna, to win the 60m dash with a time of 6.83. Yazin Joseph hurdled to victory on Sunday in the 60m, with a personal best time of 8.30.

Other point contributors were: Mariam Abdul-Rashid, Austin Marchese, Ashton Hyde, Taylor Sharpe, Myles Williams and Amara Ehirim.

The Speed Academy will head to New York City next weekend to take on the best high school athletes in the United States at the US indoor national championship.

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.