Five Olympic sprinters are scheduled to compete this weekend in the Ontario Youth/Senior Indoor Championships at the Toronto Track & Field Centre


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Athletics Ontario
Toronto (AO) – Five Olympic sprinters are scheduled to compete this weekend in the Ontario Youth/Senior Indoor Championships at the Toronto Track & Field Centre. Gavin Smellie, Olympian and bronze medalist at the IAAF World Championships this past summer in the 4x100m relay, is set to race in the 60m Sprint along with his bronze medal relay teammate, Dontae Richards-Kwok and track stars, Sam Effah and Bolade Ajomale, who both rank first in Canada in their age categories. Saint Kitts & Nevis sprinter is also competing in this explosive event.

Phylicia George, Olympic 100m Hurdler, is scheduled to line up in the women’s 60m. 2012 Olympic 400m runners, Daundre Barnaby, from Brampton, and Jenna Martin, from Nova Scotia, are the favourites in their respective events.
An Ontario vs Quebec Midget (athletes born 1999-2000) Dual meet will kick off the festivities on Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 am and will feature some of Canada’s future track and field stars. The Ontario Youth & Senior Championships will run Saturday February 15 and Sunday February 16, beginning at 10:00 am on both days and is hosted by the Guelph Track & Field Club.

More information including the final schedule, the performance list and the technical information can be found at the following link;

http://athleticsontario.ca/ao-indoor-youth-senior-championships/

Some of the athletes to watch include the following track and field stars:

Marquee Events to Watch:

Event: 60m Sprints (Men & Women)

Scheduled Event Time:

  • 12:20 pm (Heats);
  • 2:30 pm (Semi-Finals) and
  • 3:50 pm (Finals)

Event Highlights:

Women:

  • Flings Owusu-Agyapong (Flying Angels Academy) is ranked first in the country with a time of 7.24 seconds. Flings, born in Ghana, and residing in Toronto, is currently attending Syracuse University.
  • Phylicia George (Project Athletics) competed at the 2012 Olympics where she reached the final of the 100m Hurdles and placed 6th.
  • Kimberley Hyacinthe won the gold in the 200m at the 2013 Summer Universiade (FISU).
  • Shai-Ann Davis (Project Athletics) was a member of Canada’s World Junior team in 2012.

Men:

  • Gavin Smellie (Flying Angels Academy) was a member of Canada’s bronze medal-winning 4x100m relay team in 2013 and the Olympic relay team in 2012.
  • Bolade Ajomale (Flying Angels Academy) ranked first for Canadian juniors in the 60m and recently posted an Ontario junior record-breaking time of 6.64 seconds set at the Athletics Ontario Prep Meet #1 and is only 1/100ths of a second off of the Canadian Junior record.
  • Dontae Richards-Kwok (Project Athletics), a 4x100m bronze medalist at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, has posted a season’s best time of 6.71 seconds in the 60m.
  • Michael Leblanc (New Brunswick) competed at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in the 60m and posted a time of 6.71 seconds in the semi-finals.
  • Sam Effah (Univ. of Calgary AC) is currently ranked first in Canada in the 60m
  • Jason Rogers of Saint Kitts & Nevis was a bronze medal winner at the 2011 World Championships and competed in the 100m at the 2012 Olympics.

Special Athletes to Watch:

  • Phylicia George of Project Athletics Track and Field Program will be competing in the 60m sprint. The Canadian Olympian competed in the 100m Hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics and competed twice in the IAAF World Championships.
  • Daundre Barnaby of Project Athletics Track and Field Program also competed in the London Olympic Games and he will race the 400m on Saturday afternoon.
  • In the indoor Shot Put (7.26kg) Umar Khan is currently the Canadian leader throwing a 17.26m. Umar Khan of York University TFC will be competing in the Shot Put on Saturday afternoon.
  • Krista Duchene, Canadian Marathoner from Brantford, competed at the 2013 IAAF World Championship and at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this past October, was the 2nd Canadian finisher who went under the previous Canadian record with a time of 2:28:32. Krista will be racing in a competitive 3000m field.
  • Nova Scotia 400m runner, Jenna Martin, has competed in the 400m in the London 2012 Olympics and will be competing in the 400m this weekend.

About Athletics Ontario

Athletics Ontario is a not-for-profit sport governing body for athletics (track and field, road running, cross country and race walking) for the province of Ontario. The association is athlete-centered, volunteer-based and club-and-community driven.
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For more information please contact:

Anthony Biggar

Manager, Communications & Public Relations

Athletics Ontario (formerly the Ontario Track & Field Association)

3 Concorde Gate, Suite 211, Toronto, ON M3C 3N7

T: 416-426-7215, F: 416-426-7358, http://www.athleticsontario.ca

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