Athletics High Performance Success Stories
 
SUCCESS STORIES
 
 

Swim Centre
U of T established its high performance swim centre in 2009 with one simple goal: to create faster swimming.  The centre has met with great success in reaching this goal.  
 
Athletes training at U of T – including our own student-athletes and those drawn to the swim centre from elsewhere – gave tremendous performances at the 2010 Swim Canada Nationals and became the “talk” of the competition.  Highlights included:  
 

  • Zack Chetrat won the 200-metre butterfly in the upset of the meet
  • Colin Russell continued to dominate while other veterans were fading
  • Unheralded Mike Smerek won a medal bronze after never being in a final
  • Unheralded Poppy Ruksys just missed a medal
  • Tobias Oriwol (non-varsity) picked up two silver medals

 
Three of the country’s top swimmers – Stephanie Horner, Joel Greenshields and Paige Shultz – also arrived to study, train and compete at U of T in 2010, recruited as a direct result of the swim centre.

The swim centre has provided many benefits to Swim Ontario, including the fact that more kids are now staying in Ontario for university.”  – John Vadeika, Executive Director, Swim Ontario
 
Scores of other athletes training in our facilities have also made their mark in their respective sports, including:
 
Athletics Ontario / Athletics Canada:

  • Tabia Charles (trained at U of T) – 2010 Commonwealth medalist
  • Jason Wurster (U of T student-athlete) – placed 6th at 2010 Commonwealth Games; gold medalist at the 2010 Canadian National Senior Track & Field Championships (CTFCs)
  • Sarah Boyle (U of T student-athlete) bronze medalist at 2101 CTFCs
  • Andrew Wells (U of T junior development athlete) – took gold at 2010 Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships ; represented Canada at World Junior Championships
  • Jillian Drouin (high performance athlete) – placed 6th at Commonwealth Games, second at Nationals
  • Sarah Wells  (U of T student-athlete) – placed 5th in the 400mH representing Canada at the NACAC  in Miramar, Florida; gold medalist at the CTFCs
  • High performance throwers from Brockville, St. Catherines and Quebec training at U of T
  • Rayann Chin (U of T junior development athlete) – represented Canada at the first Youth Olympics in Singapore
  • Daniel Chan (U of T junior development athlete) – silver medalist at 2010 Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships

 
Ontario
Basketball / Canada Basketball:

  • Women’s U17 Provincial Team – Canadian Nationals Championships: Silver Medal
  • Girl’s U15 Provincial Team – Canadian Nationals Championships: Gold Medal
  • Men’s U17 Provincial Team – Canadian Nationals Championships: Silver Medal
  • Boy’s U15 Provincial Team – Canadian Nationals Championships: Gold Medal
  • Men’s Cadet National Team: Bronze Medal  – Hamburg, Germany (8 Ontario Athletes)
  • Junior Women’s National Team – FIBA Americas U18 Championship: Bronze Medal (7 Ontario Athletes)
  • Junior Men’s National Team – FIBA Americas U18 Championship: Bronze (4 Ontario Athletes)
  • 2010 Youth Olympic Girls 3-on- 3 Team: 4th place finish (2 Ontario Athletes)

 
"As a PSO we have benefited greatly from the alignment with the University of Toronto. Having this great facility to train at has allowed our athletes to prosper. Some of these athletes included eight members on the U17 Cadet National Team that won bronze at the 2010 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. This was only the third medal Canada has ever won for men’s basketball at a world championships or Olympics.”

– Ontario Basketball, Derrick Stryker, Elite Development Manager
 
 

Gymnastics Ontario:
Bronze medalist – 2010 Youth Olympics 
 
"It’s an amazing facility. The gym provides the training conditions that are required to achieve good results. I am very thankful that U of T allows us to use the gym.”
 – Gymnastics Ontario, Quest for Gold athlete, Mariam Chamilova
 
Field Hockey Ontario:

  • The U18 women's team won gold in theU18  national championships
  • Men and women's team won silver at senior national championships
  • U16 women and men won bronze at U16 national championships
  • Several other athletes currently training at U of T have competed on the international scene