Cassidy Ring made quite a splash last week at the NWT Track and Field Championships, winning medals and wowing crowds, but then, that’s nothing new.
“The best part is competing,” she told The Hub, laughing. “I’m very competitive.”
This is hardly the first time the 17 year old has represented her school and town at this particular event and many others.
Most notably, she has represented the NWT in hockey at a national level.
But the thrill of the win never really gets old.
This year, Ring took top spot in the triple jump for her age category (16 to 17), as well as first place in the 1,500-metre, 800-metre, and 400-metre races.
“I like that (track) is individual,” she said. “I like that I can train on my own.”
That training typically begins about five weeks before the event. Ring heads to the track to run about five days a week. While she puts extra effort into the championships, Trish Rymhs, Ring’s mother, said her daughter is so active all year round that she doesn’t have to worry too much about special training.
“She works very hard,” said Rymhs. “She trains all the time for all the sports she does, but track is something special. It’s a pretty big deal in our household.”
She explained that for all the important games and events Ring participates in — which have included a spot on the Team NWT hockey team at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. — the one thing that always brings her grandfather from his Alberta home seven hours away is track and field.
“I like that everyone comes together from all over the territory,” said Ring, adding that her favourite event is the 800-metre race, because it requires sustained speed over a long distance.
“All the sports kids are the same and it’s great to see them here.”
Despite the fatigue of running several events per day for three days, along with all the socializing that comes with the championships, Ring said she is looking forward to next year, her last representing Ecole Boreale at the meet.
“I guess I’m looking forward to next year and finishing my career with a bang,” she said.
— Sarah Ladik