January 22, 2013, OTTAWA – Athletics Canada would like to recognize four great athletes who hung up their spikes in the last twelve months. Olympians Jamie Adjetey-Nelson, Tabia Charles, Emmanuel Parris and Scott Russell have all formerly retired from competition.
Windsor, Ont., native Jamie Adjetey-Nelson announced his retirement late in 2012. Adjetey-Nelson specialized in the grueling 10-event decathlon and retires in fourth on the Canadian all-time list with a score of 8239 points. His career was highlighted by a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games; he also represented Canada at the 2011 World Championships and took the Canadian title in 2010.
Jamie plans to continue in athletics in another capacity, in a conversation with the Windsor Star he said, “I love track and field and I will continue to love it as a coach, mentor and volunteer. I can only hope to give back a small portion of what this sport has offered to me.”
Fashion-ista Tabia Charles of Pickering, Ont., retires as the Canadian indoor and outdoor record holder in both the long and triple jump. The 8-time Canadian Champion (3 national long jump titles, 5 triple jump) represented Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games where she placed tenth. Charles won double bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Also in 2012 Emanuel Parris officially closed the book on his competitive career. The sprinter from Edmonton, Alta., was a member of the 2007 Pan American Games team and was part of the 2008 Olympic Games relay program. In 2006 he won bronze as the 4×100-metre anchor at the Commonwealth Games.
Scott Russell of Windsor, Ont., retires following a career which saw him represent Canada at international competitions for an impressive 14 years. He steps away as the current Canadian record holder in the javelin and weight throw (indoor). He is also the reigning national junior record holder in the javelin. His lengthy accomplishments include 11 national titles, a silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, a 10th place finish at the 2008 Olympics, 4 World Championship appearances and countless NCAA honours.
Scott currently teaches and coaches a variety of sports at his middle school in Kansas. You can read more on his future plans as well as a nice look back at his career in this profile piece by the CBC’s Scott Russell.