Recapping the 2021 Ontario U16 Championship

The 2021 Outdoor Championships marched on this past weekend with the completion of the 2021 Ontario U16 Track and Field Championships with U14/U16 combined events. The three-day event ran from August 20th to August 22nd at the Niagara Olympic Track & Field Complex in St. Catherines.

Kicking off the weekend was the U14 and U16 combined events competitions, where Birenavan Balaramana of United Tamil Sports Club smashed the U14 boys tetrathlon record with 1157 points. The old record of 873 points was held by Liam Miller.

Nahshon Hall, of the Flying Angels Academy, came away the big winner of the weekend as he took home a trio of gold medals. His first two came on Saturday, in the 100m, posting a blistering time of 11.43. He followed that up with a gold in the 300m, crossing the line with a time of 38.60s. He capped off his weekend on Sunday, by winning the 200m in a time of 23.17s.

The Durham Dragons turned in another successful weekend on the track as they seemed to dominate the Women’s sprint categories. Over the 100m, 200m, 300m and the 4x100m the Dragons brought home a combined six (two golds, two silver, two bronze) out of a possible twelve medals. Their performance was buoyed by a podium sweep in the 100m with Bryana Gaynor capturing gold (12.37s), Jaeden Garraway the silver (12.38s) and Kayla Gaynor bringing home the bronze (12.40s). In the 200m, Kayla Gaynor took bronze with a time of 25.87s.

On the field, Thorold Elite’s Carson Gauthier medaled in all three of his throwing events. In the Discus, he took home a gold with a winning throw of 42.31m and followed that up with another gold in the Men’s Javelin with a distance of 52.39m. Over in the Men’s Shot Put, he finished with a bronze medal, recording a distance of 12.56m.

On the Women’s side, the Tunks sisters continued their impressive seasons with Julia capturing two golds in both the Discus and Shot Put events while Jenna captured a silver in the Shot Put and Bronze in the Discus. This is Julia’s second straight weekend with two golds after she won the same events at the U18 Championships. As for Jenna, who entered the weekend in the U14 age group, turned in another impressive performance. Her two medals this weekend continued her strong form, which saw her turn in a 4th place in the Shot Put and 9th place in the Discus at the U18 championships just a weekend prior. She will be a name to look out for next weekend as the U14 championships get underway.

We would like to give a special thank you to the Niagara Olympic Club for hosting a great weekend. all our amazing athletes, their coaches, our fantastic volunteers  and all the spectators for an amazing weekend of competition and we hope to see you back on the track soon!

All results filtered by event can be found >>HERE<<

Final Results can be found >> HERE <<

Photos from the weekend can be found on the Athletics Ontario Facebook page. The photo album will be continually updated as we receive photos from volunteer media throughout the week.

The 2021 Outdoor Championships season continues next weekend as the Ontario U14/U12/U10/U8 Rising Stars Festival gets underway across the province. The festival will be held at three separate venues, as the Ray Lewis Track and Field Facility in Hamilton plays host to the West Region, the Toronto Track and Field Centre in Toronto hosts the Central Region and Thousand Island Secondary School in Brockville hosts the East Region. Registration for the event closes on TONIGHT, August 24th, at 11:59pm, you can register >>HERE<<.

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