When did you join NTFC? What other favourite sports or activities do you regularly partake in?
In the fall of 2019. I've played football for my school (NDSS) for the past 3 years.
Which event(s) did you compete in? What were some of your goals/targets going into the outdoor season before it was scrapped?
I'm a sprinter and primarily run the 100m and 200m. I was hoping to consistently run a sub 12 100m and set a new PB in the low 11's.
Is there an event that you secretly wish you had tried and why?
I've always wondered how I'd do in the combined events, but if I had to pick one, I'd probably say javelin.
Which annual track meet did you most look forward to? Recall a highlight.
Islands for high school. The competition was always strong and it pushed me to step up my game. I also liked traveling with my friends and teammates.
Rank and briefly describe your top 3 track memories.
1. Winning the 100m and 4x100m at North Islands at home in 2018. I still remember the home crowd cheering me on during the 100m and having family and friends there for the 4x100 relay was really special.
2. Getting 3rd place at Islands in the 100m also in 2018. The field was pretty stacked and not only did I manage 3rd place but also set a PB.
3. Setting a new 4x100 PB with my friends from NDSS at BCHS iChampionships in 2019. We put in a lot of work perfecting handoffs and it was great to see it pay off in what would be our last race together as teammates.
Name a coach, athlete or mentor that had an impact on your track career so far. What would you like to say to them?
I'd have to mention the 2 coaches I've spent the most time with: David Matte and Bobbie Taylor. Mr. Matte was my coach in elementary school and he gave me a great foundation in track and field and encouraged me as a young kid. Ms. Taylor was my high school coach who helped me grow as an athlete and person, giving me leadership opportunities within the team. I'm also very grateful for Mike and Wanda at NTFC who've helped me so much in the short time we've trained together.
What are your plans next fall?
I'm currently undecided on where I'll be going to university, but I know I'll be studying kinesiology. I've narrowed down my options to VIU and the U of Windsor where I've offered a spot on the track team.
How do you see yourself involved in track and field in the future?
Hopefully I'll still be competing! But far down the road I can see myself working with athletes as an athletic therapist, and maybe even coaching, since I like helping others.
How about some words of wisdom for up and coming young track + field athletes?
The main thing is to have fun with it, and enjoy all the time spent with teammates. Sometimes practices are tough and painful, but if you truly enjoy the sport, coming to the track and working hard with your friends, it'll help ease the pain a bit. The little moments like road trips, hotel stays, and even the conversations in between reps at practice are some of my favorite memories of track, and what i might remember the most. Make the most out of every time you get to be with each other and keep working hard!