Jerome Indoor Games fueled by passion

January 28, 2015 By harryjerome  (Edit)

The sport of track and field is fueled by passion and that passion is contagious.

Consider the example to be shown at the Vancouver Sun Jerome Indoor Games coming up on Saturday, February 7th at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Two young athletes who already have shown great promise in the middle distances will compete in the 600m and 1000m. Both are 17 years old.  Grace Thompson won the BC high school title at 1500m and the national youth title at the same distance with a best of 4:32.2 in 2014. She will run the 1000m at the Jerome Indoor.

Teammate, Nicole Hutchinson won the BC high school title at 3000m and took the bronze at the national youth championships in the same event with a personal best of 9:56.28. Nicole will tackle the 600m at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

                                              Cindy O’Krane photo by Mark Creery

These Hershey Harriers are from West Vancouver and are coached by former Canadian international runner, Cindy O’Krane. She won the gold at the Francophone Games in Madagascar in 1997 and represented Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998 with personal best of 4:08.88 for 1500m.

Cindy supplies the passion for the sport to inspire her young ingénues to reach their potential.

Marek Jedrzejek

Cindy’s commitment and passion was ignited by her coach, Marek Jedrzejek who will retire this year from his post as head coach of the University of British Columbia.  Marek has had a long and distinguished career as a coach at the club, university, international and Olympic level. His passion for the sport has been contagious to the hundreds of athletes he has coached over the decades.  His example will remain powerful with the efforts of Cindy O’Krane for the next generation.

The Vancouver Sun Jerome Indoor Games will start at 9:20 am and conclude just after 5:00 pm at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Entries close on January 3oth at trackiereg

Tickets at the gate for $5

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DOUG CLEMENT 604-261-6220

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