Boutilier shines in desert sun

We’re starting to think Shanna Boutilier really enjoys the Arizona sun. For the second year in a row, the sprinter returned home from the Desert Challenge Games in Tempe with a new Canadian Record in the T46 400m.

The 21 year old handily won the event in a time of 1:06.10, more than three seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, to break her own Canadian record. Boutilier had previously broken the record twice in 2017, including last year’s Desert Challenge Games performance.

However, the 400m wasn’t the only event in which the Algonquin College veterinary technology student set a new lifetime best. Boutilier also set new personal standards in both the 100m and 200m events with times of 14.71 and 29.43 seconds respectively to capture bronze in each event.

Next up for Boutilier is the Canadian Championships in Ottawa, where she will be looking to defend her national title in the women’s ambulatory 400m. The event runs July 3-8. For more information and to get tickets, visit