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.


Track star set number of Canadian records

OSHAWA -- An outstanding year on the track turned in by Mariam Abudul-Rashid has been recognized with an award by Athletics Canada.

The Oshawa resident and student at Eastdale Collegiate, who competes for The Speed Academy based in Pickering, was named the 2014 Myrtle Cook Youth Athlete of the Year.

Abdul-Rashid set Canadian youth records in both the 300m and 400m hurdles. She also placed fifth in the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Oregon. At the Canadian youth championships in British Columbia, she reached the podium four times, three times as a gold medallist in the 200m, as well as the 100m and 300m hurdles. She also earned bronze with Ontario's 4x400m relay team.

Her efforts in both the classroom and on the track paid off with a scholarship to the University of Texas.

Abdul-Rashid's coach at The Speed Academy, Tony Sharpe, was named the Development Coach of the Year.

Both will be honoured by Athletics Canada at a special Pan American Games themed alumni reception July 24 in Toronto.