Jacklin claims Canadian gold at Jamaica meet - July 19, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
Ryan Jacklin has returned to Canada triumphant after the U18 Jamaican Invitational track and field meet earlier this month.
Jacklin, a Belgrave-area student at F.E. Madill Secondary School, travelled to the international meet to compete in the hammer throw and managed a gold-medal finish with a 62.42-metre throw.
Jacklin was among 22 Ontarian athletes in 20 events who competed and was among seven who brought home gold medals.
Jacklin was invited to the competition after earning gold in the hammer throw, as well as the discus and shot put, at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) track and field meet in June.
Having only started focusing on the three sports and competing several years ago, Jacklin said his coaches, including Madill coach Maureen Lisle, have been helping him to succeed and focus on the events to make him the success he is.
Other coaches include Glenn Elliott, Randy Millar and Barry Bolley of the Saugeen Track and Field Club and Sandy MacIntyre at F.E. Madill Secondary School.
Prior to the event, he said that the success and the invite hadn’t really sunk in, saying he wouldn’t feel the excitement or the pressure until he arrived in Jamaica.
The trip is a new experience for Jacklin, who hasn’t travelled abroad since he was 11 years old and went to Mexico on a family trip.
Other gold-medal winners included Abdullahi Hassan of Toronto, who placed first in the 800-metre race, Alexzandra Throndson of Toronto, who placed first in pole vault, Lucas Woodhall of Mallorytown, who placed first in shot put, Mila Puseljic of Toronto, who placed first in the triple jump, Nicholas Mota of Newmarket, who placed first in the 1,500-metre race and Evan Burke of London, who placed first in the 3,000-metre race.