Oshawa’s Olympians

This blog series comes from our dedicated and awesome Visitor Host staff, and topics range from favourite artifacts, thoughts on our latest exhibits, and anything else in between!

By Sarah C., Visitor Host

Every two years I get to enjoy watching the Olympics to see athletes from around the world and around the country compete in a wide variety of sports. This year at the Rio 2016 Olympics we saw and heard from two Oshawa born athletes: Matt Hughes and Perdita Felicien.

Matt Hughes made his Olympic debut in the 3000m Steeplechase. For those who, like me, had never heard of  this event , it is a 3000m race with obstacles which take form as hurdles and a waterpit.  (See this article for details ) .

Hughes had won gold at the Pan Am games in 2015 and at 2016 in Rio he competed in the final coming in 11th.

The other Oshawa born athlete seen was Perdita Felicien though she was not there to compete this time. Felicien appeared as a commentator for athletics. Born in Oshawa and raised in Pickering she is a two time Olympian in the 100m hurdles.  I remember her competing at both Sydney and Athens so it was exciting to see her again lending her insight to the games.

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