When the athletics portion of the 2017 Francophone Games kicks off in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on July 28, the Ottawa Lions will be well represented with four participating athletes as well as team coach James Holder.
Leading the Lions contingent will be 2016 Olympian Sekou Kaba. This will be Kaba’s second time representing Canada at the Francophone Games after winning four years ago in Nice, France.
Hurdler Ashlea Maddex will be making her senior national team debut after a successful career at global and regional age class championships, including twice winning bronze at the NACAC under-23 Championships.
Rounding out the Lions contingent will be twins Divya and Devyani Biswal. This will be the first national team appointment for both women. Divya, who will compete in the triple jump, is having a breakout season having already broken a 16 year old club record while cracking the 13 metre barrier. Devyani, the 2016 Canadian University Champion over the 60m hurdles, will join Maddex in the 100m hurdles.