During an Ottawa Lions practice on Tuesday, all eyes were on the Terry Fox Stadium infield as a marriage proposal unfolded.
Longtime club members Sekou Kaba and Kashani Thomas got engaged and the events were captured on video in what Thomas thought was going to be a few scenes for a mini documentary, according to the Lions.
Kaba, a 2016 Olympian in the 110m hurdles and 2013 Francophone Games champion, and Thomas, the Foundation (ages 12-13) and Aspire (ages 14-16) Programs coach with the Ottawa Lions, the largest club in Canada, first met 10 years ago at the indoor track (Louis Riel Dome) in the nation’s capital. As described by Thomas in the video, she spotted him in the weight room, walked up to him and asked, “Do you need a ride home? I know I don’t like know you or anything, but my mom can give you a drive home if you need a ride home.”
The proposal took place at the site of the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships.
The six-minute video shows a behind-the-scenes look as Kaba plans out the proposal before following Thomas in the minutes leading up to the moment.
“So on Tuesday morning, my pal and Olympian, Sekou Kaba, asked if I could document his proposal to his future wife, Kashani Thomas,” videographer Andrew Szeto describes the video on YouTube. “I said, ‘I could probably do it’, and then he asked if I could do it that same night…I originally thought this was all pretty crazy, but I’m always stoked on such an epic challenge.”
“It was a huge surprise,” Thomas says. “I’m…you can’t surprise me.”