Olivia Ryan named to provin­cial track and field team

One of 17 ath­letes se­lected for Le­gion team; sec­ond time at­tend­ing na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL BURIN, N.L colin.far­[email protected] south­erngazette.ca

For the sec­ond year run­ning Olivia Ryan of Burin Bay Arm has been named to the Le­gion Na­tional Youth Track and Field team.

The team is sup­ported by the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion.

Ryan fin­ished in first place fol­low­ing the 100m and 200m event, as well as sec­ond in the long jump dur­ing Le­gion Provin­cial Cham­pi­onships held July 13-14 to se­cure her place on the team.

“I’m pretty happy to be se­lected,” she told The South­ern Gazette on July 18. “It’s my sec­ond year go­ing to this event in Man­i­toba, and this year was my first year in the youth cat­e­gory. I was the younger part of the age group, so I am happy that I made it.”

The 16-year-old said it hasn’t been con­firmed yet what events she will be com­pet­ing in, but hopes she will be tak­ing part in the 100m, 200m and long jump.

To get ready for the event Ryan is do­ing a lot of run­ning both at the Track and Field Com­plex in Marys­town and on town roads.

“I’ll do hill sprints and I’ll do sprint re­peats on the track,” she ex­plained. “I’ll prob­a­bly try and do some prac­tice long jump runs on the long jump at the track.”

Ryan also plays soc­cer, which she said is good en­durance train­ing.

Go­ing into the event, she does not have any ex­pec­ta­tions.

“I’m just hop­ing to get some per­sonal bests,” Ryan said. “It would be amaz­ing if I got a medal, but the com­pe­ti­tion there is re­ally tough so, if I can just get a per­sonal best I’ll be happy.

Cur­rently her per­sonal best in the 100m is 12.99 sec­onds, a time she set at the provin­cial high school cham­pi­onships.

She also set a per­sonal best in the 200m fin­ish­ing in a time of 27.12 sec­onds.

Ryan will be en­ter­ing Grade 11 at Marys­town Cen­tral High School in Septem­ber, but she is al­ready look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to the track and field team.

“If we have one I will.”

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Olivia Ryan is fo­cus­ing on the 2018 Le­gion Na­tional Youth Track and Field Cham­pi­onships.

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