Middle distance runner Liam Kennell of Oak Bay High will attend the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships, July 10 to 14 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Kennell, 17, is ranked as the top youth in the country in the 1,500-metre with a time of 3:54.64, below the standard of 4:01:00.
The high school track and cross country star trains with the Vikes Track Club, coached by Laura Keziere and Brent Fougner.
“My future goals are to be a professional athlete and represent Canada at the World Championships and Olympic Games,” Kennell said in a press release last week.
“I’m extremely excited and honored to be representing Canada at the World Youth Championships.”
Kennell helped his Oak Bay High cross country team to a B.C. championship in the fall, where he won bronze. In the spring he helped the track team to another B.C. championship, winning bronze in the 1,500m and as part of the boys 4x400m relay team.