Thirty years later, Alexis takes successful run at unfinished business

For more than 28 years, there was a noticeable void in Wendy Alexis’s non-stop life as a caring wife, mother and teacher.

It was nothing serious. But there was a task she had started as a teenager and hadn’t finished. Then an opportunity presented itself to revisit that plan and pursue some athletic happiness almost three decades later.

While driving her son, Jordan, to an Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club practice one day nine years ago, Alexis, then 50, was struck with the idea of making a comeback as a sprinter. She was one of the country’s best dashers in the early 1970s (Wendy Braiden), but her athletic career was crushed when she didn’t make the 1972 Summer Olympics team and had subsequent leg injuries.

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