Phoenix in the News

What a journey it has been for Aaron Brown leading up to these Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We all cheered "Go Aaron Go", and indeed he did go. Congratulations to Aaron Brown on his sixth-place finish in the Olympic 200m final and his excellent lead-off of the bronze-medal 4 x 100m final. Thank you for representing Canada, Phoenix Athletics, and most importantly, your family, so very well!


Let's support Aaron Brown as he continues his Olympic journey at Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Visit Aaron's Celebration Wall in Toronto's Distillery District from now until August 8, then go to the Canadian Tire Celebration Zone within the Team Canada Olympic App and submit a cheer for Aaron in the "Celebrate Team Canada" section. Take a selfie at the Celebration Wall and then you'll receive a custom Team Canada Fan Card to share on social media tagging @kingsleysc, @canadiantire, @teamcanada, and using the #WeAllPlayForCanada.

You can also use these assets in your posts: PHOTOS OF AARON’S CELEBRATION WALL, VIDEO


After a couple of years in the making and a ceremony delayed due to the pandemic, our club's head coach received a well-deserved honour. At the unveiling ceremony on Wednesday, July 7, the track at Birchmount Stadium is now Bill Stephens Track. A fitting tribute to his 50+ years of coaching and developing hundreds of athletes over those years. Thank you to all who helped in making this happen.

Pictured above: Councillor Gary Crawford (left), Phoenix Athletics Head Coach Bill Stephens (right).

Aaron Brown wins double-gold at the Canadian championships/trials in Montréal this past weekend to defend his double-gold in 2019. See the article here.


As of the morning of April 29, 2021, the track at Birchmount Stadium is officially named Bill Stephens Track, after our Head Coach. Congratulations, Bill! This is well-deserved recognition of your contributions to the sport and the many athletes you have developed over the decades.


Getting ready for a workout by clearing the snow before working out. A great warm-up or a workout in and of itself? This really brings back memories.

Congratulations to Mikeisha Welcome for earning "All-American honors" in the triple jump as a freshman at Oklahoma University.


Congratulations to Abdullahi Hassan for being selected as Athletics Canada's 2019 U18 Athlete of the Year!


Congratulations to Austin Bates on signing with the Coker University Cobras in the South Atlantic Conference for the start of his post-secondary career.



Congratulations to Cassie Williamson on signing with the West Virginia University Mountaineers in the Big 12 Conference for the start of her post-secondary career.


Congratulations to Abdullahi Hassan for setting the U19 600m record at 1:19.35 at the Fred Foot Memorial indoor meet at the University of Toronto.

Congratulations to Abdullahi Hassan on signing with the University of Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Conference for the start of his post-secondary career. See the article here!

Phoenix Athletics athletes had a great showing at the 2019 Canadian Track and Field Championships in Montréal, QC (July 25-28). On the track, Aaron Brown won double gold in both the 100m and 200m with times of 10.03 and 20.03, respectively. Grade-11 student, Abdullahi Hassan's, bronze-medal effort in the men's 800m in a time of 1:47.59, as the youngest in the field, was especially impressive and captured the Canadian Youth 800m record (pictured above). In the field, Mikeisha Welcome won silver in the U20 triple jump with a jump of 12.51m in a -3.1 wind. In the men's long jump, Arren Young placed eighth with a jump of 7.05m. Well done to all! Phoenix Athletics was well-represented.

Congratulations to Abdullahi Hassan for his gold-medal and personal-best performance of 1:52.48 in the 800m at the 2019 NACAC U18/U23 Championships. We are proud of how he represented Canada and our club.

Congratulations to Abdullahi Hassan for setting the U20 Ontario indoor 400m record in a time of 49.04, pictured above (photo from Athletics Ontario).

Congratulations to Abdullahi Hassan for setting the U18 Canadian 600m record in a time of 1:20.40 at the Sharon Anderson Memorial track and field meet.

Congratulations to Mikeisha Welcome for her full scholarship to the University of Oklahoma Sooners.

Congratulations to Aaron Brown, Abdullahi Hassan, and Mikeisha Welcome for their Athletics Ontario nominations for Outstanding Athlete in their event and age division.

CBC interview with Aaron Brown, starting at the 50:09 mark.

Rocharn Wilson finishes 3rd in the 1500m in 4:00.63 and 5th in the 3000m in 8:56.89 at the AO U18 Championships!

Aaron Brown wins the 200m in 20.17 at Canadian National Championships! Read the article and watch the video at CBC.

Photo-finish 100m victory in 10.16 for Aaron Brown at Canadian National Championships! Read the article and watch the video at CBC

Article on Aaron Brown from The Hamilton Spectator

Aaron Brown wins the 100m in 10.21 at Harry Jerome Classic. Read the article and watch the video at CBC.

Congratulations to Abdullahi Hassan for his performances at the Jamaican U18 Invitational. He won the 800m in a time of 1:52.14. Abdullahi also tied for 6th in the 400m in a time of 48.8. Well done! Looking forward to more greatness from you.

800m/Long Jump Night

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 18:00, Phoenix Athletics held its 800m/Long Jump Night at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough.

All race sections were timed finals, starting from slower to faster, with the two fastest women's and men's sections featured last. Monetary awards were given to the top-four finishers in the women's and men's 800m. The results are as follows:

Women's 800m Open winner Petal Palmer of Variety Village in 2:16.62
Men's 800m Open winner Simon Quann of Speed River in 1:54.49
Women's 800m Elite winner Elizabeth Whelan of University of Toronto TC in 2:03.16
Men's 800m Elite winner Chris Giesting of Hoka NJ-NY in 1:48.86
Women's Long Jump winner Hannah Aderley of The Gazelles in 5.13m
Men's Long Jump winner Arren Young of Phoenix Athletics in 7.32m

Thank you to our guests from Hoka NJ-NY for their participation in the this year's 800m Night.

Check out this June 18, 2018 article on IAAF's Spikes about our Aaron Brown!

2018 OFSAA Track and Field Championships

Congratulations to Abdullahi Hassan of Birchmount Park C.I. for winning both the Junior Boys 400m and 800m at OFSAA Track and Field Championships at York Lions Stadium, and for setting a new OFSAA record in the Junior Boys 800m in a time of 1:53.54, formerly held by another Phoenix Athletics athlete, Trent Sayers of Sinclair S.S.

Congratulations to Abdullahi on his double gold at OFSAA and for being named to the U18 Canadian team to compete in the Jamaican U18 Invitational in both the 400m and 800m. The Jamaican U18 Invitational will be held in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, 2018.

On Saturday, April 7 at the Spring Sprint 5K run along the boardwalk and Martin Goodman trail, Ibrahim Kedir won the 5-kilometre run in 14:46 for the U20 age category and second overall. Very well done. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Aaron Brown for being named to represent Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia from April 4-15, 2018. A member of the 2014 Commonwealth Games team, Brown will be competing in the 200m and 4x100m relay. We wish you success!

At the NSAF's 20th New Balance Nationals Indoor from March 9-11, 2018, Abdullahi Hassan placed 12th in the 800m in a personal-best time of 1:53.46, while being 2-3 years younger than his competition. Ibrahim Kedir placed 33rd in the 2-mile in a time of 8:37.21. Well done, gentlemen! Look out next year!

Abdullahi Hassan set a new provincial Youth record this past weekend (Jan. 6, 7, 2018) in the 600m with a time of 1:21.72. The previous record from 2003 was held by Phoenix Athletics alumnus, Ryan Finn. Congratulations!

Marissa Papaconstantinou doesn't "do easy!"

See her featured in Athletics Canada's Paralympic Development Program video.

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Congratulations, Marissa, on your results at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, in Athletics in the following events:


Women's 100m T43/44 • Personal Best of 13.65 in Round 1 of Rio Paralympics


"Canadian Built: Marissa Papaconstantinou"

Learn a little about 2016 Rio Paralympian, Marissa Papaconstantinou in this interview by the Peace Collective, by clicking on the image below.



Aaron Brown: "Nobody Knows Who I Am"

Aaron Brown is featured in this video produced by Anson Henry. There is so much promise and potential in his future, especially considering what he has accomplished to date. Yet nobody knows who he is. Watch this video and see how that's about to change!



Marissa Papaconstantinou in World Championship

Watch Marissa compete in the women's 200m T44 final at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, placing 7th in the world with a time of 28.75.


Video credit: Paralympic Games via YouTube, 2015


Nate Claims His 6th National Championship

Nate Brannen claimed his sixth outdoor Canadian championship in 1,500 metres at the Canadian track and field championships in Moncton, New Brunswick. Nate used a strong change of gears down the homestretch to power past Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec, Que. Nate’s winning time was 3:42.50.


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Article and photo credit:, 2014


Aaron wins a World Championship Bronze

Aaron Brown with the Canadian bronze medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia.


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Article and photo credit:, 2013


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