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By Fred Wallace

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


Last week I was talking about the unseemly scenario at the University of Guelph with their cross country and track program and how that lingering episode escalated though the years & also cost a track coach his job at Queen's University in Kingston.

Let me stress ( again ) that story, that issue, was not restricted to cross country, to track & field, to Ontario universities or to sports in general; sadly it's everywhere.

Certainly over 30+ years I can attest there's no shortage of great stories from our region that are connected to Track & Field.

Last week, I had a terrific conversation with Jeremy Elliott of the Saugeen Track & Field Club.

Jeremy, a Grade 12 student at Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton has received both an academic and athletic scholarship from York University and he'll attend that institution in the Fall.

To me, it's notable that Elliott selected Canada over the United States for academics and athletics, and as he outlined, the decision wasn't quick or easy.

He went to Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana for a visit.

He went to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for another visit.

He could have selected either school under the various terms and conditions that were offered but the more he and his family explored, the more sense York University made for him at every level.

Jeremy Elliott will attend York University in the Fall.

Between then and now, he's aiming for Gold at the OFSAA level.

Elliott competes in weight throw, hammer throw, discus and shot put.  

Through his high school years, he's picked up a half dozen medals at OFSAA events, but never a gold.

If he does strike Gold, that would add to the list of positive track & field stories from our region through the years.


I'm Fred Wallace


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