STFC athletes competed against the best track and field athletes in the country at the Canadian U20, Senior and Para Track and Field Championships held in Montreal July 24-28.
Medal performances were turned in by para athletes Josh Farrell and Rick Carr and high jumper, Emily Branderhorst.
Josh Farrell won silver in the Para Ambulatory Shot Put. His 14.22m performance was a personal best and a new Canadian record for the F20 category. His efforts earned him selection to the Canadian team competing in the World Para Championships this fall in Doha, Qatar.
In 2015, he won the Gold medal in F20 Shot Put at the 2015 ParaPan Games in Toronto on Monday night, August 10th and broke the new Americas’ Record.
Rick Carr, a blind athlete, cleared 150 cm in his gold medal performance in F11 High Jump. Rick currently holds the Canadian and World Records at 160cm.
Carr, who is blind, lost his eyesight as a young man but continued to perform as an athlete as he had through school. Through the STFC, Carr went on to become a world class Paralympian winning National medals. In 2008, he was reclassified and allowed to run with a guide runner, Evan Porter. As a runner, Porter, set records his own records throughout school participating in Ontario Conference Championships and National Championships.
When the duo teamed up however, there was no stopping them and they became formidable in track. With his guide, Carr went on to win gold medals in high jump, long jump and, in 2010, won three golds at the National Paralympic Games, gold in the long jump in 2012 and in 2014 won two gold medals at the National Paralympic Championships in New Brunswick. In 2015, Carr and guide Eva Porter were inducted into the Saugeen Shores Hall of Fame.
Emily Branderhorst (L), a first year senior, cleared 173 cm to finish in a tie for second in the Senior Women’s High Jump.
Full results, including qualifying round performances, are:
Aiden Hinsperger 100m 11.54 PB dnq
Aiden Hinsperger 200m 23.94 dnq
Jeremy Elliott Discus 45.10 6th, Hammer 55.49 4th PB
Naomi Herman 3000m 10:12.56 4th
Heather Abadie Pole Vault 3.40 7th
Hanna Van Stuyvenberg Discus 35.88 8th, Hammer 38.53 12th
Billie Martin Hammer 44.51 7th, Discus 31.90 14th
Harley Martin Javelin 36.63 dnq, Discus 30.17 15th
Emily Branderhorst High Jump 173cm Silver
Josh Farrell F20 Shot Put 14,22 PB, Silver, Canadian Record
Rick Carr F11 High Jump 150cm Gold, Long Jump 4.90 5th
The next meet for STFC athletes is August 2-4 in Windsor with the Athetics Ontario U14/U16/U18 Championships.