The World Junior Championships will take place in Tampere, Finland from July 10-15th. Athletics Canada released their team selections this past week, naming 32 young athletes and 11 coaches to the roster.
The World Junior Championships are an opportunity for the younger generation of Canadian talent to try their hand on the world stage.
Myles Misener-Daley, Canadian U20 record holder and OFSAA 400m champion has been named to the team. Misener-Daley is set to compete at the men’s 400m in Finland. Misener-Daley certainly has the potential to qualify for the final in Finland. The grade 11 student is currently ranked 28th in the world for his age group.
Aurora Rynda is set to run the women’s 800m. Rynda has had an amazing few months, running the U20 North American leading time over 600m in January, along with the second fastest Canadian U20 women’s time for the 2018 outdoor season over 800m. Rynda is set to attend the University of Michigan in the fall.
British Columbia native Taryn O’Neill was the winner of the B.C. High School Championships over 1,500m. O’Neill has run the second fastest U20 Canadian time over 1,500m just behind Jocelyn Chau, who will also compete in Finland. Chau will run the 1,500m.
Chau has had a phenomenal outdoor season, breaking the OFSAA 3,000m record, along with winning both the 1,500m and 3,000m events at the June meet.
Tyler Dozzi will compete over 5,000m in Finland. The UBC engineering student qualified for the Pan Am Cross-Country Championships in El Salvador earlier this year, building a strong foundation for his outdoor season.
Keira Christie-Galloway, fresh off of a Canadian U20 100m hurdles record, was also named to the world junior team. Christie-Galloway is an Ottawa native, who had a fantastic performance at the Speed River Inferno to set the new record.
For the complete team list see here.