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(Updated 5:30 a.m., June 22)
East end athletes win seven gold medals at
All Champions track and field meet

By Fred Sherwin
Orleans Online

Lindsay Kary from St. Matthew High School crosses the finish line in the midget girls 800-metres almost 60 metres ahead of her nearest competition during the Ottawa Catholic school intermediate track and field championships on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Like brother, like sister. Cameron and Nadine Slupeiks may look like twins, but they were actually born 13 months apart.

Cameron is 12-years-old and goes to Henry Munro Middle School, while Nadine is 11-years-old and goes to Le Phare Public School.

The two siblings are gifted athletes. Nadine placed first in the juvenile division at the Eastern Ontario Sectionals in figure skating and Cameron has qualified for the Junior Provincial Swimming Championships in four separate events.

As it turns out, they are also both very good runners as evident by their performance at the Bank of America All Champions Track and Field Meet at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility on Saturday.

The All-Champioms meet brings together the best 10- to 14-year-old student athletes from 13 different school boards in Eastern Ontario.

After winning the atom boys 800 and 1500 metres at the recent Ottawa Carleton District School Board championships, Cameron was looking forward to seeing how he measured up to some of the kids from the other boards, and what he found was that he measures up pretty good against them.

In the 1500 metre final for kids born in 1997, he crossed the finish line in a personal best time of 4:56.23, four and a half seconds ahead of his nearest rival Gareth Kaczkowski from Holy Cross Elementary School in Kemptville.

Shortly after the race he told reporters from the Ottawa Sun and OrleansOnline.ca that things went pretty much the way he expected they would.

"I used my friend Yahye's strategy which is stick with the leaders until the last 400 and then go for it," said Cameron, referring to his friend and fellow Henry Munro runner Yahye Mohammed who's won multiple gold medals at the board championships in the 800 and 1500.

Hoping to get a little attention of her own, Nadine won the 800 metres for girls born in 1998 in a time of 2:49.97, just a second ahead of Kaitlyn Jones from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Gatineau.

Lindsay Kary from St. Matthew High School shows her winning form in the 1500-metres at the Bank of American All Champions meet on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


"I was hoping to come in first. I've been training hard for this," said Nadine who admitted to wanting to match her brother's first place performance in the 1500. "I tried to use the same type of strategy. I just kept running and didn't look back."

After seeing his sister win a gold medal in the 800, Cameron went out and won his second gold medal of the day at the same distance, edging out
400-metre gold medalist Billy Denham from Arc-en-ciel Elementary School in Orléans by three seconds.

Wanting to match her brother's medal total of two, Nadine ran her heart out in the 200-metres and just managed to edge out a girl from Westboro Academy for the bronze medal. It wasn't a gold, but it was a medal nonetheless.

With two medals each and an invitation to attend the Ottawa Lions summer camp, the two siblings went home happy and eager to keep running.

One person who plans to see how far running can take her is Lindsay Kary from St. Matthew High School. After blowing away the field in the midget girls 1500-metres at the Ottawa Catholic School Board intermediate championships last week, the Grade 8 student won the 1500-metres by more than 10 seconds on Saturday, crossing the finish line in 5:07.21.

A member of the St. Matthew intermediate girls basketball team, Kary says she plans to join the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club this summer to improve her training and learn from qualified coaches.

"I wanted to run a little faster, but I was kind of on my own," said Kary now has a grand total of three races under her belt, all of them victories.

Other east end athletes who did will at the All-Champions meet were Ben Cooke from Henry Larsen who won a gold medal in the 400-metres and a silver medal in the 200-metres for boys born in 1995-96; Nicholas Deschamps from Heritage Public School in Navan won a silver medal in the high jump for boys born in 1995-96; Waris Neyazi from Henry Munro won a gold in the long jump in the same age group; Maxime Lafleche from St-Joseph-d'Orleans school won two silver medals in the 100-metre dash and the long jump for boys born in 1997; and Jonathon Lemieux from Forest Valley won a gold medal in the softball toss for boys born in 1998.

Sophie Denemousthier from Forest Valley Elementary School placed third in the long jump for girls born in 1998 with a leap of 3.58 metres; Sabir Katawazi from Herny Munro finished third in the 100-metre dash for boys born in 1995-96; Trevor Melcher from Henry Larsen placed third in the 400-metres for boys born in 1995-96; Chu Zang Han won a bronze medal in the boys triple jump in the same age group; Jordan Larocque from Forest Valley placed third in the 1500-metres for boys born in 1998; and Daniel Soucy from Forest Valley won a silver medal in the same age group in the long jump.

(The story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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