June 28, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – A local mid-distance runner, currently ranked as the top youth in the country, will be heading to Donetsk, Ukraine to represent Canada at the upcoming 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships July 10-14.
Liam Kennell, a 17 year old Oak Bay Secondary School student, trains with the Vikes Track Club and is coached by Laura Keziere and Brent Fougner. The middle distance high school component of the club is comprised of 10 young athletes who train six times a week.
Athletes are invited to the World Youth Track and Field Championships if they meet standard for their country and are ranked top 2 in that country; Liam is ranked the #1 youth in Canada with a time of 3:54.64 in the 1500, well below the standard of 4:01:00. The invitation does not cover travel and accommodation costs however, so Liam must come up with $3,200 in order to attend the meet.
The lanky runner started running cross-country in grade 3 while pursuing other sports like lacrosse, soccer, paddling, basketball and volleyball.
“My future goals are to be a professional athlete and represent Canada at the World Championships and Olympic Games,” Kennell says. “I am extremely excited and honored to be representing Canada at the World Youth Championships.”
Liam’s high school is a running dynasty and his school Cross Country team this year won the Provincials boys’ event where he won bronze; his school track and field team won the overall provincial championships with Liam winning double bronze in the 1500 metres and as part of the 4x400m team.