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.


The Speed Academy athletes sets personal best

PICKERING -- Keith Cyrus of Pickering's Speed Academy proved he will be a contender for a spot on the Canadian national junior track-and-field team this summer.

Cyrus dominated the 60-metre hurdle field at the Ontario provincial junior indoor championships with a personal best time of 8.06 to capture the gold medal. After four seasons quarterbacking the St. Mary High School senior football team in Pickering, Cyrus decided to stop using his arm as a quarterback and turned to his legs to hurdling full-time at The Speed Academy. A disappointing fifth-place finish at the 2011 Canadian junior national championships, where he failed to qualify for the Canadian Junior Pan-American Games team, forced him to rethink his dual sport strategy.

He has two major goals for the upcoming outdoor track season: to earn himself a berth on the Canada world junior team heading to Barcelona, Spain in July; and land himself a scholarship to a NCAA university to study kinesiology.

His performance at the indoor championships certainly puts him on track to accomplish both.