Hon­our Roll

The fu­ture looks bright once again for Cana­dian sprint­ers

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Myles Misener-Da­ley

Myles Misener-Da­ley of Hamil­ton burst onto the scene i n 2017 when he won all three f lat-sprints at the On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tions ( of­saa) Cham­pi­onships. The 100m, 200m and 400m cham­pion from 2017 came back even stronger in the 2018 sea­son, win­ning at the same three dis­tances and cap­ping it off with a Cana­dian U18 400m record of 45.99.

Af­ter of­saa, he went on to qual­ify for both the Ja­maica U18 In­vi­ta­tional and the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships. At the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships, Misener-Da­ley was the youngest com­peti­tor in the fi­nal where he placed seventh.

Misener-Da­ley is part of a big­ger and promis­ing trend in Cana­dian sprint­ing. Af­ter the 1996 4x100m re­lay gold medal team, Canada had en­tered a bit of a sprint­ing drought. En­ter An­dre De Grasse. De Grasse in­spired a younger gen­er­a­tion of Cana­dian run­ners to think big­ger and reach higher – he raised the bar. Since De Grasse’s suc­cess, other Cana­di­ans have stepped up to the start­ing line, in­clud­ing 200m star Aaron Brown, who was De Grasse’s team­mate on the bronze medal win­ning 4x100m re­lay team at the Rio Olympics. Brown went sub-20 sec­onds this sum­mer in the 200m and made his mark on the Di­a­mond League cir­cuit.

Misener-Da­ley has watched all of this and taken note. The grade 11 stu­dent says that he’s al­ways learn­ing, and that De Grasse has been a huge inf lu­ence on his run­ning thus far: “An­dre has been a huge role model. See­ing a Cana­dian be­come so suc­cess­ful in the sport makes me want to pur­sue the same path, and work just as hard to achieve the same great­ness.”

Misener-Da­ley started run­ning in el­e­men­tary school and quickly ex­celled at it. Since he was con­sis­tently win­ning at his el­e­men­tary school, his par­ents brought him to the Hamil­ton Olympic Club to see if he had po­ten­tial be­yond the school yard.

Turns out the Cana­dian record holder did. While many teens his age have dreams of qual­i­fy­ing for the Olympics, 2020 Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion is a re­al­is­tic goal for this grade 11 stu­dent. “The most im­por­tant as­pect of my train­ing is un­der­stand­ing that I get out what I put in. I dream to be one of Canada’s top run­ners, and to do that, I know I have to work hard. That pushes me ev­ery day to go harder and be­come bet­ter than I was the day be­fore,” Misen­erDa­ley says.— CR

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