a.m., June 22)
East end athletes
win seven gold medals at
All Champions track and field meet
By Fred Sherwin
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 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.
meet brings together the best 10- to 14-year-old student athletes from 13
different school boards in Eastern Ontario.
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.
the race he told reporters from the Ottawa Sun and OrleansOnline.ca
that things went pretty much the way he expected they would.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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