Highly touted Brendon Restall commits to Vikes

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Andy Watson

VICTORIA – Local track star Brendon Restall has committed to the University of Victoria Vikes beginning in the 2012-13 academic year.

The Victoria native and current Grade 12 Oak Bay High School student is a 200, 400 and 800 metre track specialist. The former Canadian midget national champion in the 400-metre race (2009) is coached by Dacre Bowen representing the Pacific Athletics club, and he trains with the Victoria Running Academy.

Restall won the B.C. Athletics Jamboree in Coquitlam, B.C., with a personal best in the 800-metre race at 1:52.39. His PBs in the 200-metre race (22.35) and 400-metre race (47.26) are also impressive for this stage in his career. He also has posted impressive personal performances in the 4×100-metre relay and 4×400-metre relay.

“I’ve been training with the UVic program the past while, and I like the team and the coaches,” Restall said. “I wanted to stay in Canada and the training thus far seems to be working out well. I’m feeling an improvement through workouts, and having the national training centre for middle distance in Canada here, I’m really just looking forward to continuing to improve and to compete.”

“I haven’t really done many 800s, so I’ll slowly transition to the 800,” Restall said. “For now, I’m keeping with the 400 for the next while. I’ll transition up in the future. It’s a whole different type of race, getting your mind around that is an adjustment, it’s twice the distance I’m used to and it’s such a continuous amount of speed. I feel like in the future it’ll be an excellent event for me to compete in.”

Restall hopes to achieve the standard to qualify to represent Canada at the world junior championships in Spain at the beginning of July and hopes to achieve personal bests at the B.C. provincials in 2012.

After that, he hopes to focus on his CIS season and eventually competing in the 4×400 and 4×800 relays, as well as the 300- and 600-metre races.

“He’s a sprinter and 400 metre runner whose future is in middle distance,” said Vikes track head coach Brent Fougner. “Coming into UVic and the national training centre, he’s someone who has the potential to go on beyond the university level to perform at the national level in the 800-metre distance.”

“It’s great for the university and great for Canada down the road,” Fougner added. “He’s also going to be a someone who is likely going to set some records in the CIS and is really going to elevate the level of track and field in the CIS and Canada.”

A recent participant at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France, this past year, Restall also won the 2011 B.C. high school 4×400-metre really with Liam Butler, Liam Farrar and Patrick Bennett.

Restall’s long-term academic goal is to earn a degree in engineering.

“I like the feel of UVic, it just seems welcoming and they’re a pretty good bunch,” Restall said. “It’s close to home so it’s always good in case you need help.”

Full Profile: http://www.athletics.ca/profile_new.asp?pID=8325

Video from IAAF World Youth Championships in 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti__XHQnQfM

PERSONAL BESTS

200m- 22.24, BC High Schools, 2011

400m-47.26, World Youth , 2011

800m- 1:52.39, Club BC Championships, 2011

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2nd in Canadian Youth Championships in Ottawa, 2011

7th in World Youth in Lille, France, 2011, Made Team Canada

1st in BC High Schools, 2011

3rd in Canadian Youth Championships in Ottawa, 2010

1st in Canadian Midget Championships in Sherbrooke, 2009

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