Zakary Mama-Yari stands on the track wearing a Team Canada kitThomas Skrlj/COC
Thomas Skrlj/COC

Zakary Mama-Yari


  • Finished fourth in the 800m at the 2023 Canadian Championships 
  • Won 800m bronze at the 2022 Canada Games

A Little More About Zakary

Getting into the Sport: First ran cross-country in school at age 7, started competing more seriously at age 15… Had played soccer for 12 years before making track and field his primary sport in high school… Outside Interests: Enjoys watching movies… Would like to work in the sport industry eventually…  Studied industrial engineering at Polytechnique Montréal… Odds and Ends: Looks up to Moroccan runner Hicham El Guerrouj for his work ethic, humility, resiliency, and respect for his competitors… Favourite quotes: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”– Steve Prefontaine / “When there’s nothing left, there’s still some left”…