Yesterday Athletics Canada announced their roster of 58 athletes set to compete at the NACAC Track and Field in the 6ix Championships this August 10-12th in Toronto.
The championships will bring together the best athletes in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Varsity Stadium, which is nearing the end of its resurfacing, will host the event.
Toronto’s Aaron Brown is one of the biggest names selected for the team. He’s coming off of a banner season, taking home double-gold at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in the 100m and 200m. Brown hasn’t raced in Toronto since the 2015 Pam Am Games, and is excited to be at home representing Canada again. Brown said, “I’m excited for my friends and family to be able to watch me run. They always hear about it, but almost never get to see it.”
Brown has lived in the US since he was 18, but spent his childhood in Toronto. Since Brown will be coming home to compete, we asked him to take us through his ideal day in Toronto.
“First I’d have Tim Horton’s for breakfast. I love Tim Horton’s and it’s something I can’t get in the states. I’d order a bacon and sausage biscuit combo, yogurt parfait, chocolate milk and a doughnut. Preferably Canadian maple flavoured. Oh, and some timbits.
After that I’d probably hang out with my family and friends. I’d play some basketball in Scarborough, over at Birchmount.”
“After that I’d eat lunch at Woodbine Beach, and head downtown for dinner. For dinner I like Cactus Club or The Rec Room, and after dinner I’d walk over to EFS for some drinks with friends.”
Brown mentioned that while he’s from Toronto, he hasn’t lived in the city in such a long time that it has evolved a lot in his absence. “I’m still learning new things about the city every time I come home,” he says.
Brown is currently in Ottawa, but leaves for Monaco for a race tomorrow. From Monaco he will fly home to Orlando, before returning to Canada for NACAC.
Other local qualifiers for Team Canada are 1,500m runner and three-time national champion Gabriela Stafford, 2016 Olympian Alicia Brown, 2016 Olympian Micha Powell, Commonwealth Games medalist Kate Van Buskirk, and World Championship finalist Matt Hughes.
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