Toronto's Tokyo-bound Olympians have strong, local connections

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The Tokyo Olympics kick off this week, running through to Aug. 8, and we’ve compiled a list of local Olympians from Toronto.

We’ve tried, here, to highlight a grassroots connection, such as a local club, school or facility that helped spawn their Olympic dreams. We do this in the hopes it might help inspire another upcoming generation of future Olympians!

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Crispin Duenas, 35, Scarborough.

Fourth consecutive Olympics: top individual result was his last Olympics in 2016, finishing 17th

LOCAL LINK: Duenas previously told Metroland Toronto that to his knowledge he blazed two firsts at his old Scarborough high school, Birchmount Park Collegiate: the first archer accepted in the school’s athletic program; and the first athlete from the school to compete in an Olympic Games. The veteran Olympian started archery in Grade 8 at John A. Leslie Public School after a teacher learned of his interest in the sport and hooked him up with a local club.

Duenas in past years has come full circle, serving as supply teacher for the TDSB in Scarborough schools.