Olympic medal next on list

MohammedAhmedCourtesyStCatharinesStandard2013Jan22From St. Catharines Standard:

By Bernie Puchalski, St. Catharines Standard, Monday, January 14, 2013 9:34:04 EST PM

Mohammed Ahmed’s first Olympic experience has left him wanting more.

“It made me want to look at the big picture,” said the 22-year-old St. Catharines resident, who was back in the city for about two weeks before returning to the University of Wisconsin Monday. “I want to go back there in 2016 and I want to medal. I had no expectations for this one.”

At the London Olympics, the St. Catharines Collegiate graduate placed 18th in the 10,000 metres.

“I just wanted to go out there and see how it is and feel out the environment. The Olympics have given me the motivation that I made an Olympic team and I need to go and try and better myself as an individual every day in training.”

The medalists at the Olympics were several years older than Ahmed and he is early on in his running career.

“I’ll be 25 in 2016 and I’m really excited about those Olympics.”

Ahmed is coming off a fall where the scholarship runner placed eighth at the NCAA cross country championships to earn his fourth straight All-American honours. He also placed second at the Canadian senior championships.



Virginia McLachlan wins Canada’s first track and field medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games

From Athletics Canada:

LONDON, UK – Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., today won Canada’s first track and field medal and Canada’s sixth medal overall at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Day one of track and field competition also saw a new Canadian record, a top eight performance and four athletes through to later rounds.


Paralympic Games begin Friday for Canadian track and field team

From Athletics Canada:

London, UK – Competition at the 2012 Paralympic Games begins Friday August 31 for the Canadian track and field team comprised of 26 athletes. The team is led by five medallists from the 2008 Paralympic Games. Things officially get underway on Wednesday August 29 with the opening ceremonies live on TSN2 and RDS at 3:30pm eastern time.

“The mindset of the team and support staff is exactly as it should coming out of our preparation camp – focused but relaxed; confident, not arrogant,” said Head Coach Laurier Primeau. “Distractions are being ignored in favor of concentration on relevant training regimens and recovery modalities.  As we move into the village I know we will continue with our singular focus and high performance expectations for the Games.”


Athletics Canada launches Paralympic Games Website

From Athletics Canada:

The countdown to the 2012 Paralympic Games is on, with only five days to go Athletics Canada launched today www.paralympic2012.athletics.ca to serve as your reference point for everything Canada track and field related at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

The site is built around a powerful social media hub providing friends, family and fans the opportunity to interact, share, and join in on the conversation with Athletics Canada’s 2012 Paralympians.

You can also find the latest news, team information, statistics, Canadian competition schedule and results.