Keith Cyrus wins 60m hurdles at indoor provincials

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.

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.