‘The sky is the limit’

The Glengarry News - - Sports - News

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.”

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