Former Southeastern students compete in London Olympics
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Christine Amertil competed on the 24-member team from The Bahamas, and Curtis Moss was part of Team Canada in the recent London Olympics.
Christine Amertil, graduate and former track star from The Bahamas
Curtis Moss, former student and member of Team Canada
For former Southeastern track and field All-American Christine Amertil, competing
in the Olympics as part of the team from the Bahamas has become the norm. For javelin
thrower Curtis Moss, also an All-American at Southeastern, his quest to compete against
the world's best came true with an emotional performance in his native Canada.
Both former Lions represented their respective countries in the 30th Summer Olympiad held recently in London.
Competing in her fourth Olympics competition, Amertil, one of two Southeastern female track and field athletes to earn All-America honors, qualified for her Olympic berth after being named to the 4x100-meter relay team for the Bahamas. Amertil, who first appeared in the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, finished seventh in the 400-meter dash at the 2004 Athens games before competing in the 400 at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.
Despite taking the last two years off that included the birth of her first child, Amertil had made a strong comeback. The 2000 All-American and 2009 inductee into the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame still holds six school records, including outdoor marks in the 200 meters (23.13), 400 (52.13) and 4x400-meter relay team (3:43.30).
She was one of the alternates named to the 15th ranked Bahamian squad and one of only 24 athletes on the team.
Moss, a native of Burnaby, British Columbia, earned a spot for Team Canada after winning the Canadian National Championship on June 29 in Calgary with a throw of 255 feet, 9 inches and achieving the Olympic "A" standard. Then he was officially named to Team Canada.
“I was crying for about two days straight because I had gone through so much and dedicated myself for so long for this one goal, and it finally came to fruition,” recalls Moss, who competed at Southeastern in 2007 before finishing at the University of British Columbia.
Moss was one of 40 Canadians named to the country’s Olympic team.