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.

Canada's Morales Williams riding with confidence as NCAA indoor 400m champion Morales Williams riding success with confidence.

Christopher Morales Williams

Christopher Morales Williams, of Vaughan, Ont., is seen in action for the University of Georgia during the NCAA Southeastern Conference indoor championships, in Fayetteville, Ark., in a Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Georgia, Wesley Hitt, *MANDATORY CREDIT* GAC

The switch flipped for Christopher Morales Williams in the time of the 2023 outdoor season.

Last spring, the runner from Vaughan, Ont., learned to control his negative thoughts, discovered that it was OK to feel nervous before races, and built his confidence.

Morales Williams credits the change in philosophy for the recent addition of NCAA national champion to his growing resume.