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My YR – Bolade Ajomale

Name: Bolade Ajomale

Occupation: Olympic Sprinter

How long have you lived in YR? I’ve lived in York Region ever since I moved to Canada in 2006.

Why did you make YR home?  We made it our home because of the the Richmond Hill Neighbourhood. It was safe, quiet and had great schools in the area.  

What do you do for fun in YR?  I moved to the US for University and the pandemic hit right as I moved back so things really haven’t been the same. I will say though that when I was younger going to Canada’s Wonderland, and walking through different trails were little fun things I always looked forward to. 

What is one summer/winter event that you never miss in YR? Every year I try my best to be back home for the YRAA Track & Field meets. It’s where my talent was discovered and it’s always a good time catching up with former coaches, as well as seeing the future of Canadian athletics. 

What are your favourite restaurants in YR? This might seem odd but my favourite restaurant is a small little dinner near Major Mackenzie and Bathurst called Dynasty’s. I’ve been going there since elementary school. Even now that I’m older I still try my best to got get some of Kelly’s food! 

What YR attractions/events/happenings would you recommend to friends who visit YR? I went to an art school, so it’s only natural, I would recommend going to the Richmond Hill Centre for the performing arts to catch a show. 

Bio: Bolade helped Canada to win a bronze medal in 2016 at the Rio Olympics for 4 x100m relay team, followed by the 2018 NACAC Championships in which he won gold. He’s currently majoring in Communications and Media Technologies at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and has his own podcast called Secrets Like Yours. His career goal is to be a sports broadcaster.

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