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Posted: May 7, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: '62 BCI Grad '72 Olympian Ready to Break Masters Sprint Records at TISS

BROCKVILLE-- Tony Powell, a 1962 Brockville Collegiate Institute (BCI) graduate and a member of Canada's 4 x 400 metre relay team at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, will be trying to break Canadian records in the 65-69 age group in the 100 metres and 200 metres at the 2009 Ontario Masters East Regional Track and Field Championships (2009 OMERTFC) on Saturday May 30 at the Procter & Gamble Track and Field Facility at Thousand Islands Secondary School (TISS).

"I've had a great indoor season", states Tony, who now lives in Hamilton, Ontario. "If I can stay healthy, I'll be in good form to break both national records. The track is fast. It's as good as any track that I've raced on in North America."

Although Canadian Masters records may fall, the meet is for everyone. According to Nancy Norman, 1 of the 7 directors of Brockville Sports, "this event is called a regional championship, but it's really for adults of all abilities. If you look at the results from last year's events at www.brockvillesports.com, you'll see that many people who participated in the California Run 5k on May 3 would have done well in the 5k run at last year's event. Even Mayor Henderson wouldn't have come in last place. This year, our longest run is 3k to attract more Brockville road runners, including those in Learn-to-Run programs".

Adults over 30 years of age can register in the 3000 metres or any other track and field event online at www.brockvillesports.com for $15. Each additional event is $10. Medals will be provided for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in every event in each age category. There is a 5000 metre racewalk for avid Brockville area walkers.

The 2009 OMERTFC will take placed from 10am to 4pm on May 30. The 100 metre event is currently scheduled for 12:30pm. The 200 metres is scheduled for 2:30pm. The 5000 metre racewalk is at 10:30am and the 3000 metres will take place at 11:30am.

The 2009 OMERTFC is being organized by Brockville Sports in partnership with the Brockville Legion Track and Field Club and Ontario Masters Athletics.

With the 2009 event taking place 3 weeks before the Ontario Masters Track and Field Championships at the Toronto Track and Field Centre, the 2009 OMERTFC should attract more than 100 adults between 30 and 90 years of age. According to Doug Smith, President of Ontario Masters Athletics, "The timing is great this year. Three weeks gives me the right amount of time to recover from my steeplechase and to get ready to run a good race at the provincial championships on June 21."


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