|Priscilla Lopes-Schliep races in the women's 110M hurdles at the Canadian Track and Field Championships at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ont., July 31, 2010. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)
Six months after giving birth to her daughter, Nataliya, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep will return to competition Saturday in Sherbrooke, Que., in the 60-metre hurdles.
Lopes-Schliep, of Whitby, Ont., will run against teammates Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., and Nikkita Holder of Pickering, Ont., as well as Laval, Que., native Marie-Eve Dugas and Ashlea Maddex of Ottawa.
"It has been a while since I've been on a track with such a competitive group," Lopes-Schliep said. " I'll face some of the best in the world on Saturday, and anything can happen. It's an important step towards my objective to represent Canada at the London Olympic Games and get a medal."
For George, her goal is to break 8.00 seconds to gain entry to the world indoor championships March 9-11 in Istanbul, Turkey. "It's a blessing that the organizers have accommodated us," George said. "I'm only two-hundredths of a second from a ticket to the world indoor championships, and I'll get my chance to get it with three of my training partners pushing me."