When Athletics Canada announced their team for the upcoming IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland there were some familiar faces on the list as three lady Lions cracked the national team roster.
The contingent is young, with Shyvonne Roxborough the oldest of the trio as a first year junior athlete. Roxborough is currently ranked as the fastest junior aged woman in Canada, after posting a personal best of 11.73 seconds to win the Ontario Junior Championship two weeks ago in Toronto.
Joining Shyvonne on the team will be Keira Christie-Galloway, a veteran of the Canadian team following her semi-final appearance in the 100m hurdles at least year’s World Youth Championships. Keira has had a record breaking start to her season, already eclipsing Perdita Felicien’s senior girls OFSAA record and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep’s provincial U19 record.
Also a member of last year’s World Youth team, Shona McCulloch will compete in the 3000m in Poland. McCulloch, who finished 11th last year in Colombia, enters the competition with a lifetime best of 9:21.61 set two weeks ago, which is a pending Canadian youth record.
The ladies will be joined on the team by Lions distance coach Ian Clark. Prior to Poland, Clark’s most recent national team appointment was for last year’s IPC World Championships in Qatar.