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.

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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.