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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Oshawa’s Mariam Abdul-Rashid finishes fifth in 400m hurdles

EUGENE. OREGON -- Two members of the Pickering-based Speed Academy turned in record-setting performances at the world junior track-and-field championships in Oregon.

Oshawa’s Mariam Abdul-Rashid finished in fifth place in the 400-metre hurdles final, setting a Canadian youth record of 57.42 seconds, while Pickering’s Taylor Sharpe was the lead runner for Canada’s 4x400m relay team that finished fourth and set a Canadian junior record of 3:33.17.

There were three other Speed Academy athletes at the meet, including Leya Buchanan, who was eliminated in semifinals of the 200m, but not before running a personal best of 23.96 in the first round.

Graeme Thompson was eliminated in the first round of 400m, running 49.01, while Josh Cunningham was eliminated in the 400m semifinal, running 47.91.

Ajax’s Tia Thevenin, who is with the Project Athletics club in Markham, was eliminated in the semifinal of 100m hurdles, and set a personal best of 13.63 in the first round.