Dalhousie Tigers track and field coach Rich Lehman is pleased to announce the commitment of Chelsea MacIsaac, Tobi Oshikoya and Maria Duynisveld for the 2019-20 season.
A Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) graduate, MacIsaac was a double gold medalist at the 2019 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) track and field championship, winning both the shot put and discus events for the second consecutive year. The Truro Lions Track and Field Club member is also a three-time member of the Nova Scotia/Nunavut Track and Field team competing at the Legion National Youth Track and Field championships.
“I am so excited to continue with track and field at Dalhousie this upcoming year,” says MacIsaac. “It is nice to know that I’ll be joining a team with good and caring coaches, as well as teammates, who will push me to do great things. I have been given nothing but good reasons to be looking forward to Dal, and I can’t wait to get started.”
MacIsaac will be studying recreation management while at Dalhousie.
Fellow Truro, N.S. native, Oshikoya is the current NSSAF triple jump champion. He earned the title with a leap of 13.20m, setting a new CEC record in the process. A multi-event athlete, he also earned a bronze medal as a member of the 4x100m team and placed fifth in the long jump at this year’s provincial championship.
Oshikoya is also a member of the CEC soccer and basketball teams. He and his basketball teammates are the reigning provincial champions.
“I can’t wait to start my first year of university at Dalhousie,” says Oshikoya. “I’m really excited to compete at a higher level of track and field under the coaching of Richard Lehman and Simon Watts.”
Duynisveld, the current NSSAF girl’s triple jump champion, also claimed the silver medal in long jump at the 2019 competition. Duynisveld had the winning triple jump distance of 11.24m at the NSSAF championship this past spring. The Wallace, N.S. native is also the 2019 Pugwash District High School Female Athlete of the Year and won the NSSAF Exemplary Participation Award. An honours student with Distinction Student, Duynisveld has won four medals at the Canada-Wide Science Fair including a gold medal in 2015 and was a finalist for the Loran Award this past year.
“I am very excited to join the Dalhousie Tigers this fall and to be able to compete and train with the calibre of athletes and coaches on the team,” says Duynisveld. “I can’t wait to see where the upcoming season takes my performance.”
Duynisveld will be studying animal sciences while attending Dalhousie.
“Chelsea is a milestone recruit for us,” says Lehman. “She solidified herself as the top high school thrower in Nova Scotia this year, and with our new throwing facility on the way, I am confident that she will flourish at Dalhousie. Tobi and Maria are both exceptionally athletic and will fill an area of need for us in the horizontal jumps. Both of them have already proven to be ready to challenge for medals at the AUS level.”