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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Team competes at U.S. High School National Championships

PICKERING -- The Speed Academy brought home a total of five medals from the U.S. Indoor High School National Championships, which was held in New York.

Mariam Abdul-Rashid led off the medal haul by winning the Grade 9 girls 60m and 400m. Her winning time of 55.99 seconds in the 400m was a new U17 provincial record. Her 400m performance was one of the most impressive of the competition.

Brandon Bobb matched his personal best time of 6.73 seconds to take the silver medal in the boys 60m dash, narrowly missing the gold by just one 100th of a second.

Tacuma Anderson-Richards won a pair of bronze medals. He cleared a high of 2.01m in the boys high jump and leaped 14.71m in the triple jump to earn a spot on the podium.

Winning five medals at the U.S. High School National Championships is the club's greatest accomplishment to date.