The Speed Academy qualifies six for Trinidad track meet

Athletes make the mark at York University meet

PICKERING -- It was another massive display of Speed Academy talent at York University as high schoolers took to the track looking to earn a spot on the provincial team heading to Trinidad in March.

At the end of the high-intensity competition, six Speed Academy athletes qualified for the 18-member provincial team. The list of athletes heading to Trinidad includes Leya Buchanan, Myles Williams, Graeme Thompson, Taylor Sharpe, Mariam Abdul-Rashid and Brandon Bobb. They will team up with their Ontario teammates to complete in a series of relay events at the Trinidad Relay Carnival on March 9-10.

Tony Sharpe, head coach at The Speed Academy, has been named as a coach for the provincial team heading to Trinidad.

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.