For many northern athletes, intense training ends when the NWT Track and Field Championships end, but one Hay River teenager still has much more to do.
The training season is not over for territorial record-holder Skylar Horton – she holds the current NWT record for triple jump in her age category and three categories older at 10.18 metres. She also holds the record for long jump, 4.87 metres, in her age category and beyond. This year, along with racing, she competed in both field events.
Although she didn’t break any of her own records at the June 6-8 territorial championships, Horton is counting on pushing her boundaries this summer. After all, it was at the 2011 Western Canada Games in Kamloops where she set an event record.
The 16-year-old has already participated in three track meets this year in Toronto, Yellowknife and Hay River.
Although she’s been entering meets since the age of six, she’d only going into her third year of competitive training.
“I love track. It’s my favourite sport,” she said. “I love all other sports, but now I just do them to keep in shape throughout the year. With track, I’m always trying. I just keep pushing myself.”
Along with running, sprinting and field events, Horton plays badminton and hockey, and participates in and instructs figure skating.
Horton’s ultimate goal this year is to make it to the Legion nationals in P.E.I. this August. To be conditioned, she’ll keep to her regular training schedule four times a week, 60-90 minutes per day.
There are some challenges to training and being on par with other competitive athletes, she said.
But she looks up to her coaches, her fellow athletes and her southern competitors for guidance, inspiration and tips.
“I count on my mentors, people here, my coach,” she said. “I think it’s awesome we have such a large competition in the North like territorials, so we can see how everyone else is doing.”
by Angele Cano
Northern News Services