Jacklin earns Team Canada spot - June 21, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
Just several years after first tackling the sport, F.E. Madill Secondary School student Ryan Jacklin will be representing Canada in the hammer throw at the Jamaican U18 Invitational later this month in Kingston, Jamaica.
Jacklin will be competing in the hammer throw, joining 20 other young men and 21 young women representing Canada at the event June 30 to July 1.
The Belgrave youth started in throwing events at track and field shortly after he began high school, finding he was adept at javelin, shot put and the hammer throw.
This month, he earned Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) gold in all three events after finding success at the local level, Western Ontario Secondary School Athletics Association (WOSSAA) level and then the OFSAA district level before competing against the best in Ontario.
Jacklin said that being named to the Canadian team for the Jamaican invitational hadn’t quite registered with him yet when he talked to The Citizen shortly after the announcement last week.
“I would say I really haven’t let it sink in yet,” he said in an interview with The Citizen “It’s hard to say how it’s going to impact me. I haven’t been there before and I don’t think I’ll believe it until I am down there.”
While the trip marks a unique opportunity for Jacklin as far as his athletic career is concerned, it’s also a new experience for him as the furthest he remembers travelling was Mexico on a family trip when he was 11 years old.
“It really represents a lot of new experiences,” he said.
Jacklin said that the three gold medals that preceeded the win were quite an achievement and, earlier in the competition, he didn’t think he would even be able to make the podium.
He was trailing early in the competitions but came back, managing the three first-place finishes.
Jacklin credits one of his FEMSS coaches, Maureen Lisle, with keeping him focused at the event, allowing him to excel.
“She gave me proverbs to read to myself before each event, which helped me a lot,” he said. “All of my coaches have played a role in helping me succeed.”
Jacklin’s coaches include Glenn Elliott, Randy Miller and Barry Bolley of the Saugeen Track and Field Club and Lisle and Sandy MacIntyre at FEMSS.
As far as preparing for the invitational, he said that he’s playing it by ear, not wanting to develop bad habits or tax himself prior to the event.
“It all depends on how I feel,” he said. “If I’m feeling like my energy is low, I’m not going to practise because I’ll be practising bad techniques, which will only make me do worse.”
Jacklin said he wasn’t feeling well in the days leading up to the announcement, for example, so he took some time off from training.
“I will practise on my own, keep my rhythms and make sure I have my energy back and my nervous system is where it should be,” he said.
When it comes to his success, Jacklin said, aside from his coaches, the only secret is to push through no matter what happens.
“You just have to keep going when the going gets tough,” he said. “That’s really it.”
Watch The Citizen in July for Jacklin’s results from the Jamaican U18 Invitational.