Five HOC athletes selected for Ontario Legion Track and Field Championship

Five athletes from the Hamilton Olympic Club are going to the Ontario Legion Track and Field championships.

Damion Vassell, one of five local athletes selected to represent District B in Timmins

Damion Vassell, Justin Thompson, Kelly Morrison, Robin Press, and Tamar Brereton will make up part of the 40-member team that will represent District B at the provincial meet in Timmins, July 13-15.

They were named to the team after district competitions. District B includes Hamilton, Halton, Niagara, Peel, as well as Brantford and Woodstock.

Damion Vassell, 16, is a student at Hamilton’s Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School and has been training with the HOC for the past two years. This year he was a double winner at the district meet, taking the long jump (6.54m) and triple jump (12.93m), the two events he will challenge for in Timmins.

17-year-old Justin Thompson is entering Grade 12 at Saltfleet High School. The three-year HOC member won the 800 metre race in 2:01.97.

Kelly Morrison, 15, is a Grade 10 student at Ancaster High. Her success in the hepthalon event at the district meet, where she won the high jump (1.59m), was second in the long jump (4.80m) and second in the 100 metre hurdles (16.95 seconds) should surprise no one. Morrison recently took the silver medal at the OFSAA (Ontario High School championship) track meet. Morrison is in the HOC’s intermediate program and has been competing in club track for four years.

Robin Press, 15, a triple jump competitor, won that event with a leap of 9.45 metres. This is Robin’s first year with the club.

Tamar Brereton is a recent graduate of HOC’s intermediate program and has been running club track for two years. At the District B meet, she won both the 200 metres (27.32) and the 400 metres (1:00.37).

The Royal Canadian Legion has been sponsoring youth track and field since 1974. The district competitions are held annually. A team to represent Ontario at the national meet will be selected after the Timmins meet.