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TWENTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD Do­minika Jam­nicky isn’t short on fu­ture prospects when it comes to ca­reer and sport. A re­cent grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Guelph’s sci­ence pro­gram with an hon­ours in bio-med, she’s also a ris­ing star on the Cana­dian ITU scene, so there has been plenty keep­ing her busy in re­cent years. And a bright fu­ture ahead. Jam­nicky, who wants to work in the health­care field, is tak­ing a hia­tus from fu­ture stud­ies to pur­sue her dream of rep­re­sent­ing Canada at the high­est level of the sport while she’s in her prime as an ath­lete.

“As of De­cem­ber 2016, when I grad­u­ated, I have de­cided to give my­self 100 per cent to the sport,” she says. “Look­ing back at the last few years, I’ve seen the big­gest gains in the years that I put the most work in. When­ever I’ve taken time off from study­ing, I’ve re­ally been able to prove to my­self that I can make big jumps – the kind needed to race the best in the world.”

The steady progress that Jam­nicky refers to is a hand­ful of con­ti­nen­tal cup podi­ums over the last few years in­clud­ing a sec­ond-place fin­ish at last year’s na­tional cham­pi­onship in Ot­tawa. She also made her WTS de­but in Septem­ber 2015 in Ed­mon­ton, where she took 15th.

“I re­ally wanted to get that ex­pe­ri­ence of Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion dur­ing the most re­cent qua­dren­nial,” Jam­nicky ex­plains. “It’s a big step up from world cup races to the World Triathlon Se­ries, but at the same time, lots of fun. Not all of my races went well, but to com­pete against the best in the world in your sport is in­cred­i­ble – it makes me hun­gry for more.”

Jam­nicky knows her full com­mit­ment to triathlon for the fore­see­able fu­ture re­quires her to be rea­son­able and smart about her train­ing and rac­ing plans. She knows that pa­tience and con­sis­tency will be the key for her to see suc­cess dur­ing the next Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion pe­riod.

“For this year, I’m go­ing to fo­cus more on the world cup cir­cuit. I want to master that be­fore I re­ally go all in with the WTS.”

While Tokyo 2020 is the ul­ti­mate goal, Jam­nicky doesn’t want to only fo­cus on that.

“I’m go­ing to de­vote ev­ery­thing I have to it and I’m putting my other goals on hold for it, but if I don’t make it to Tokyo it won’t be the end of the world. There are many other op­por­tu­ni­ties to rep­re­sent my coun­try,” Jam­nicky says, ac­knowl­edg­ing how com­pet­i­tive the process is to earn a spot for the coun­try on an Olympic team.

In­deed, as an ath­lete in her mid-20s, Jam­nicky knows she has a long ca­reer ahead of her if she can stay pa­tient and avoid in­jury.

“It’s def­i­nitely a sport for the ma­ture ath­lete, so hope­fully I have a few Olympic cy­cles ahead of me” she says.

Sur­round­ing her­self with a strong sup­port sys­tem will surely help to get her into peak shape for the im­por­tant races to come. Jam­nicky trains at the Re­gional Train­ing Cen­tre in Guelph, Ont. with coach Craig Tay­lor and a crew of young elite triath­letes. She says the group is tight-knit and has a great dy­namic – they’re train­ing part­ners, some­time ri­vals on the race course, but also friends.

“I’ve made so many great connections through the group. It’s a re­ally spe­cial thing to be a part of,” she says. “I cer­tainly like be­ing based in Guelph most of the year – it gives me a strong home base.”

It will be ex­cit­ing to see how Jam­nicky’s ca­reer un­folds along­side a strong crew of up-and-com­ing young triath­letes in Canada right now.

“I fore­see our young gen­er­a­tion of triath­letes re­ally grow­ing into high-level rac­ers com­pet­ing against the best in the world,” Jam­nicky says. “I think the most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber with young triath­letes is that there’s no rush to de­liver on the big stage. By go­ing through each level of rac­ing an ath­lete learns a lot about proper race prepa­ra­tion and de­liv­er­ing in a process driven man­ner. I hope with this ap­proach, to be one of those ath­letes con­tribut­ing to our coun­try’s suc­cess.”—cd

ABOVE Do­minika Jam­nicky in Sali­nas on the run in 2016

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