Track & Field
Wilson hurdler ends high school track career on a high
By Fred Sherwin
Wilson's Alexia Lamothe recenly won a bronze
medal in the senior girls 100-metre hurdles
at the OFSAA provincial track and field championships
in Mississauga. File photo
five trips to the OFSAA provincial high school track and
field championships, Cairine Wilson hurdler Alexia Lamothe
finally has the medal she's coveted her entire high school
17-year-old second year senior recently won the bronze
medal in the senior girls 100-metre hurdles, but for the
Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club member it could has
just as well been gold.
means everything to me, to be honest," says Lamothe.
"To win a bronze medal and to have my family there
and my coaches from the Lions, it was extra specia. I
can't even describe the feeling."
euphoria after crossing the finish line and realizing
what she had accomplished was captured on video and uploaded
on YouTube. You can view it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMbG_w05d4g.
been a challenging year for Lamothe, to say the least.
It started off with a bout of mononucleosis which made
training of any sort impossible. When she finally was
able to get on the track, her training was limited to
the dome at Louis-Riel high school.
long winter didn't allow her to train outdoors until two
weeks before the start of the high school season. For
whatever reason, the challenges resulted in a storybook
ending to Lamothe's high school career.
magical season started off with a sub-14 second run at
the East Conference meet on May 15.It was the first time
in her career that she had broken the 14-second barrier.
A week later she broke Anne Lebel's 16-year-old record
at the city championships with a winning time of 13.68
running another sub-14 second race at the OFSAA qualifying
meet in Ottawa on May 29, Lamothe was primed and ready
for the provincial championships.
was the most focused I've ever been in my life. I knew
the other girls in the final were all pretty fast, but
I just concentrated on my own race and doing the best
best on the day of the final was 13.86 seconds, just four
one-hundredths of a second out of second place.
the hard work and training I've put in this year and everythng
I've been through, it all came together pefeclty,"
says Lamothe, who ran straight to her parents after crossing
the finish line for a hug. "Being
able to share the moment with them and also my two coaches
from the Lions, I couldn't have asked for anything better
will enjoy the rest of the school year, including her
grad dance, before returning to the track for the Canadian
Junior Championships in early July and the Athletics Ontario
meet two weeks after that.
will continue running at the University of Windsor in
the fall where she's been accepted for an athletics scholarship.
between now and then, Lamothe's name will be placed on
a banner and hung on a wall in the school gymnasium where
it will take its place beside Cairine Wilson's other championship
6 a.m., June 12)
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