Birding with Paul and Laura in the prairie

July 16, 2016
Tommy’s big brother Paul and his wife Laura are biologists who do research near Brooks, Alberta. Their target species right now is the Chestnut Collared Longspur, and the Savannah Sparrow. Paul is working on his Masters degree from University of Manitoba. They get up each day about 3-4 am, head out into the prairie, and work very hard to collect the data they need for their research. Tommy was so happy to join them and help out. We hope you enjoy this video of one morning when we were lucky enough to join in with Paul and Laura as they went about their research!

Tommy wins Gold at National Championships – Ottawa Lions story

Des Brisay Leads Medal Haul on Day 1 of Canadian Championship

July 8, 2016 · by Ottawa Lions · Bookmark the permalink. ·
It was a golden day for Tommy Des Brisay on day one of the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton yesterday. Des Brisay’s gold in the para ambulatory 1500m was just one of his two on the day and led the club’s five medal haul.

After narrowly claiming the 1500m title in a time of 4 minutes 16.57 seconds, Tommy returned to the track less than seven hours later to win silver in 5000m final. Des Brisay crossed the finish line in a time of 16:02.85, the third fastest of his life. Finishing third was teammate Jason Dunkerley in 17:03.59

The remaining two medals of the day also came from para athletes as 2012 Paralympian Josh Cassidy took silver in the T54 800m in 1:43.83.

Blind sprinter Larissa Brown had originally thought she had won gold in the para ambulatory 100m before a re-race was ordered after another competitor was disqualified for wandering out of her lane and interfering with another. In the re-race, Brown was narrowly edged at the line, taking silver in 13.59 seconds – one one hundredth out of gold. However, Larissa’s time did break her own Canadian record in the T12 category.

Full day one results are available below:

Senior Men

Ahmed Al-Slaq (Triple Jump Qualilfying) – FOUL
Matt Bedard (400m Hurdles Semi-Final) – 57.03 10th
Gabriel Tesfaye (400m Hurdles Semi-Final) – 52.41Q 4th
Brandyn Martineau (100m Qualifying) – 11.03 15th
Brandyn Martineau (200m Qualifying) – 22.63 10th
Brandyn Martineau (Long Jump Qualifying) – FOUL

Junior Men

Austin White (400m Hurdles Semi-Final) – 55.75Q 2nd

Junior Women

Hailey McKechnie (400m Hurdles Semi-Final) – DNF

Para Women

Larissa Brown (Ambulatory 100m Final) – 13.59 PB SILVER
Rachael Burrows (WC 100m Final) – 25.98 4th

Para Men

Tommy Des Brisay (Ambulatory 1500m Final) – 4:16.57 GOLD
Tommy Des Brisay (5000m Final) – 16:02.85 SILVER
Josh Cassidy (WC 800m Final) – 1:43.83 SILVER
Jason Dunkerley (5000m Final) – 17:03.59 BRONZE

Tommy 1st with 15:29 5K Scotiabank Canada Day Bushtukah Races 2016

July 1, 2016
Tommy placed 1st Overall with a time of 15:29 in the 5K at the Scotiabank Canada Day Bushtukah Races 2016 in Kanata this morning! It was a beautiful day and Tommy had fun!
Thank you so much to all the volunteers and organizers at Run Ottawa who make the Canada Race each year such a huge success!
And a huge thank you to all of Tommy’s friends and supporters, near and far 🙂
Happy Canada Day, everyone!

Tommy’s 1500m 4:10 Personal Best June 29 2016 at Ottawa Twilight Meet

Tommy ran a new Personal Best of 4:10 in the 1500m on June 29 2016 at the Ottawa Twilight Meet! Whee! On his Road to Rio, the standard he needs to be eligible for selection to Team Canada is 4:12, so he is eligible for selection for Rio!

Thank you to everyone who has supported Tommy along the way in this journey. We love you all 🙂