Biography:

Sage Watson made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 where she advanced to the semifinals of the 400m hurdles and anchored Canada to a fourth-place finish in the 4x400m relay. Watson won three medals as the captain of the Canadian team at the 2013 Junior Pan American Championships where she captured gold in the 400m hurdles, silver in the 4x400m relay, and bronze in the 400m. After finishing third in the 400m hurdles at the 2015 Canadian Championships, Watson posted a 10th place finish in the event at the Pan Am Games in Toronto where she also ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay, helping Canada win the bronze medal. She went on to make her IAAF World Championship debut in Beijing, advancing to the semifinals of the 400m hurdles and reaching the final with the 4x400m relay. She broke the 55-second mark in the 400m hurdles in May 2016, recording a personal best time of 54.82 seconds. Competing for the University of Florida of the NCAA, Watson had an outstanding collegiate career. She was named a second team All-American at the NCAA Outdoor Championships where she finished 12th in the 400m hurdles. She was runner-up in the 400m hurdles at the ACC Championships and was named ACC Freshman Track Athlete of the Year. After missing nearly all of 2014 with a foot injury, Watson returned to earn second team All-American honours after helping the Seminoles 4x400m relay finish ninth at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships.  In 2017, Watson won the 400m hurdles at the NCAA National Championships, lowering her personal best time to 54.52 seconds. Later in the year, she advanced to her first individual final at the IAAF World Championships, placing sixth in the 400m hurdles in London.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT SAGE

Getting into the Sport: Began participating in track and field at age 6, but didn’t become competitive until she was 14… Inspired to compete for Canada when watching Canadian athletes compete at Athens 2004 … Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Arizona in 2017 with a degree in Business Marketing … Hobbies include yoga, cooking and horseback riding…Odds and Ends: Always wears red lipstick when she competes… Collects coffee mugs from different countries…