Nina Schultz will compete in two events at the Vancouver Sun Jerome Indoor Games on Saturday February 7th at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Her best performance for the 60m hurdles is 8.96 seconds and her personal best in the high jump is 1.78m outdoors and 1.65m indoors. In the indoor high jump she will try to beat her grandmother’s mark. Really!
Jumping comes naturally for Nina as she has a strong genetic propensity for that skill. Her grandmother, Zheng Fengrong, using the straddle technique, set a world high jump record of 1.77m back in 1957 for China. Nina’s grandfather Duan Qiyan, was the 1959 Chinese high jump champion, adding to the DNA bank.
The 16-year-old Nina Schultz from New Westminster has been nominated in the female high school athlete of the year category for the upcoming Sport B.C. awards.
She was the most outstanding female athlete at the B.C. high school track and field championships last season. Nina won the high jump, triple jump and the heptathlon in her initial attempt at this tough multi event.
Last summer, Schultz, competing for the New West Spartans track club, also won the double gold in horizontal jumps at the National Youth Championships. She is coached by Tatjana Mece, who had jumped 1.76m for her native country, Albania in 1977.
Nina speaks to her family in China often and her grandmother had challenged her to jump higher than 1.77m. Nina did that at the BC high school multi-event championships with her 1.78m. Can she do it again indoors?
Nina might improve on her 1.65m indoor mark at the Vancouver Sun Jerome Indoor Games. Nina just might be on the long distance phone to her Grandmother in China if she jumps over 1.77m.
Events start at 9:20am and conclude at 5pm
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