32 Lions to compete at Canadian Championships

The 2016 Canadian Junior and Senior Championships kick off today in Edmonton, Alberta where 32 Ottawa Lion athletes are set to compete over the next four days. Headlining the list of competitors are Olympians Melissa Bishop, Sultana Frizell and Oluwasegun Makinde as well as Paralympians Jason Dunkerley, Josh Cassidy and Rachael Burrows.

Day one of the championships will see 12 Lions competing with all five para athletes looking for gold including Tommy Des Brisay who will compete in both the 1500m and 5000m final today.

Looking to qualify into the big meet will Ahmed Al-Slaq and Brandyn Martineau. Al-Slaq, who is coming off a big personal best two weeks ago in Toronto will look to find a place in the senior men’s triple jump final. Martineau will be a busy man as he attempts to qualify in the Jesse Owens Treble (100m, 200m, long jump).

The full list of competitors on day 1 is as follows:

11:00 – TJ Q – Al-Slaq
12:00 – 100m Para F – Brown
12:15 – 100m Q – Martineau
1:30 – 1500 Para F – Des Brisay
5:00 – 400H SF – Bedard, Tesfaye
5:15 – 400H SF – White
5:50 – 400H SF – McKechnie
6:00 – LJ Q – Martineau
6:10 – 100 Para WC F – Burrowes
7:15 – 200m Q – Martineau
7:45 – 800m Para WC F -Cassidy
8:15 – 5000m Para F – Dunkerley, Des Brisay

All times are mountain standard time. Events can be watched live on AthleticsCanada.tv