‘The sky is the limit’
BY TAYLOR YOUNG
Staff Martintown’s own Brennan Seguin, 20, took home the bronze medal in the senior division at the 2019 Canadian Track and Field Championships on July 28, in Montreal.
A 2018 graduate student from Char-Lan District High School, Mr. Seguin’s passion for pole vaulting began under the tutelage of coach Rory Blackadder. Mr. Seguin now studies sociology at the University of Guelph and is a member of the Guelph Gryphons Athletics program, where he has continued to produce results under the coaching of James Sniatenchuk.
“They did a really really good job with him,” said Mr. Blackadder. “He had a full time fitness coach. They were monitoring all of his weight stuff, all the nutrition stuff and they were doing specific workouts for them. He did that all year round.”
Mr. Seguin cleared the bar at 4.96 metres on his first try on July 28, putting him above York University's Daniel Gleason, who only cleared the same height on his third try. When moved to 5.11 metres, Mr. Seguin could not clear the bar, leading more experience pole vaulters Nathan Filipek to take the silver and Deryk Theodore to take gold. Both men are from Edmonton.
“To come away with the bronze medal when everyone was on an even playing field...” reflected Mr. Blackadder. “Some of the guys he was jumping against are five or six years older than him and jumped at the Pan American Games and at the world championships. For him to be on par with them in his first year is really incredible.”
Mr. Blackadder says that he thinks this is far from the end for Mr. Seguin and that judging by his progression since he began and the results he’s shown throughout his first year of university, Mr. Seguin will continue to impress.
“To make it at that level you have to have the competitiveness, you gotta have the drive to training you have to have the skills,” remarked Mr. Blackadder. “He obviously has all three. As long as he keeps enjoying it and he keeps training as hard as he is I really feel like the sky is the limit.”
To put Mr. Seguin’s abilities into perspective, the qualification round in pole vaulting for Olympic Games sets the bar at 5.2 metres; not far above what Mr. Seguin cleared during the national championships.
Mr. Blackadder says that Mr. Seguin has surpassed that height before. “Brennan has been significantly over 5.15 [metres] in the last two months,” he said. “He’s had a lot of height, so it shows that he’s got a really bright future.” Having only been in the pole vaulting for five years now, Mr. Seguin has a lot of time to train and improve. Mr. Blackadder believes that someday he will wear a Team Canada jersey. “I think it’s really an insanely proud moment for a high school coach and for a small town person to watch someone like him want to do so well. I think he makes our whole town and area proud.”