It’s a long way from Guelph to Rio De Janeiro, it’s even longer from Sierra Leone. Born in the African nation, 22 year old sprinter Marissa Kurtimah will represent Canada at the Rio Olympics as a member of the women’s four by 100 meter relay team.
Kurtimah got her start running track at GCVI and continued her passion at the University level.
Kurtimah, who is a member of the women’s four by 100 meter relay team will perform Thursday, August 18th with the finals set for the following day.
The Rio Olympics are still a month away but it seems as though much of the talk ahead of the games has little to do with sports and more to do with the conditions the athletes will be competing in. One major issue is the Zika virus. A number of high profile athletes have said they would not go to Rio over fears of becoming infected. Kurtimah says she’s heard the reports but she wouldn’t miss this opportunity for anything.