OFF AND RUN­NING AT CBU

Bad­deck’s Mad­die Camp­bell has jump on com­pe­ti­tion this season

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NSSAF re­gional track and field meet starts to­day.

Bad­deck track star Mad­die Camp­bell is lit­er­ally reach­ing new heights this year.

The Grade 11 stu­dent has set personal bests in five events this year, in­clud­ing the high jump, which she es­tab­lished ear­lier this year at 1.63 me­tres be­fore eclips­ing it again last week­end with a 1.65-me­tre leap — the high­est in the prov­ince this season — at the Cape Bre­tonVic­to­ria district meet in Syd­ney.

“It’s small im­prove­ments but it doesn’t feel that way,” said Camp­bell, 17, who will look to con­tinue her im­pres­sive season when she rep­re­sents Bad­deck Acad­emy at High­land Re­gion track and field cham­pi­onships to­day and Satur­day at the Cape Bre­ton Health and Re­cre­ation Com­plex on the Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity cam­pus.

“I’m al­ways look­ing to do the best I can do that day. Maybe that turns out to be a personal best if the weather per­mits and every­thing — that would be a goal.” Prob­a­bly a long-term goal would be to make the Nova Sco­tia youth team and the Canada Games team.”

Af­ter post­ing her best num­bers in both the in­door and out­door high jumps, as well as the 60-me­tre run, long jump and dis­cus throw, Camp­bell, a twotime pro­vin­cial team mem­ber who fin­ished sixth at Le­gion Na­tional Youth Track and Field Cham­pi­onships na­tion­als last year in Que­bec, is hop­ing to peak later this sum­mer when she’ll have to place first or sec­ond to make the pro­vin­cial and Canada Games squads.

She cred­its a lot of hard work in the off-season for her im­proved per­for­mances. A mem­ber of the Pic­tou County Ath­let­ics track club, she trained at an in­door soc­cer fa­cil­ity this win­ter, and spent much of her time at home in Bad­deck ei­ther at the gym or out run­ning.

“So far I’ve PB’d in all my events but I can def­i­nitely at­tribute that to all of the train­ing that I put in through the win­ter. Ev­ery season you’re hop­ing that you’ve done that much more to get your personal best but I’m hop­ing I can keep im­prov­ing through the ac­tual com­pe­ti­tion season,” said Camp­bell, who will be com­pet­ing in the hur­dles, high jump, long jump, dis­cus, shot put and re­lay this week­end.

“It’s nice to have the stan­dard made so when you go to the meet you can kind of re­lax and be like ‘I can do this,’ but you still have to make the top two spots,”

While more than 460 ath­letes

rep­re­sent­ing nearly 20 schools will be at the High­land Re­gion track and field cham­pi­onships, meet direc­tor Dr. Greg My­att said Camp­bell will be “one per­son to watch” at the largest Nova Sco­tia School Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion event in Cape Bre­ton.

“It’s the big­gest event by quite a bit, so it should be ex­cit­ing,” said My­att, who is hop­ing more ath­letes like Camp­bell emerge as Syd­ney pre­pares to host the best 13- to 17-year-old track ath­letes in Canada at the Le­gion Na­tional Youth Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in both 2019 and 2020.

“We’re very ea­ger to de­velop those kids. We’re see­ing de­vel­op­ment hap­pen very quickly in peo­ple — in two or three years — so we have a chance to show­case Cape Bre­ton tal­ent at a na­tional event. We’re pretty keen on find­ing those peo­ple, so we’ll be look­ing to iden­tify those peo­ple at these meets and then en­cour­age them to con­tinue on the next few years.”

My­att is also hop­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic will check out this week­end’s meet and hope­fully be­come in­volved as volunteers at fu­ture meets, in­clud­ing the na­tion­als.

“We’re kind of in a unique sit­u­a­tion here — we’ve got all of the phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture, now we need the peo­ple in­fra­struc­ture,” he said, not­ing that peo­ple can show up at the reg­is­tra­tion desk dur­ing the meet, which runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, to learn more. “One thing we need are of­fi­cials — the more of­fi­cials we have home­grown, the less money we have to spring to pay to bring them in, and that’s one of out big­gest costs of host­ing this event would be to bring in of­fi­cials. So the more peo­ple we can train to be of­fi­cials in the next cou­ple years, the more money we’re go­ing to save. If we can iden­tify these peo­ple they save us a lot of money and play a ma­jor role at this na­tional event.”

Camp­bell also en­cour­aged any­one in­ter­ested in track to give it a chance, say­ing the sport has some­thing to of­fer any­one.

“It’s for ev­ery­body,” she said. “There are so many dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines. It’s not like ev­ery­body is run­ning, or ev­ery­body is jump­ing, or ev­ery­body is throw­ing — there’s a lot of va­ri­ety.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/PAUL MOR­RIS

Mad­die Camp­bell of Bad­deck clears the bar as she makes a high jump in this sub­mit­ted photo. Camp­bell, who has set personal bests in the 60-me­tre run, long jump, dis­cus throw and both the in­door and out­door high jumps, will look to con­tinue her im­pres­sive season when she rep­re­sents Bad­deck Acad­emy at High­land Re­gion track and field cham­pi­onships to­day and Satur­day at the Cape Bre­ton Health and Re­cre­ation Com­plex on the Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity cam­pus.

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