World Champion, Derek Drouin of Corunna, ON has joined Mike Mason of Nanoose Bay, BC as both have declared their participation in the 33rd Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic high jump. These iconic Canadian high jumpers will compete at Swangard Stadium on Friday night, June 17th
Derek took the gold medal at the Beijing World Championships last summer and holds the Canadian record of 2.40m. In 2012 he won the bronze medal at the London Olympic. He was the first Canadian jumper to stand on the Olympic podium since Duncan McNaughton took the gold medal in 1932.
Earlier in the summer Derek and Mike stood on the Pan American podium in Toronto as Canada captured both the gold and silver medals. Derek graduated from Indiana University while Mike completed his studies at the University of British Columbia. How is it possible for Canada to have two world ranked jumpers going into the drive for the Olympic podium in Rio this summer?
Can it be that these athletes are simply blossoming after the seeds for success were planted when Athletics Canada involved them in the participation in the World Youth and World Junior Championships? Derek was on Canada’s team to the World Youth Championships in the Czech Republic in 2007 and on the Commonwealth Youth team in 2008 in India. Mike won the World Junior Championships way back in 2004 in Italy. In 2003 he won the National Legion Championships for 14/15 year olds.
Can this be LTAD in action? Long Term Athlete Development seems to have contributed to these 2 Canadian jumpers ability to overcome adversity created by injury. Their early exposure to the realities of international competition seems to have steeled their determination to focus on the task ahead. This is the essence of sport, the ability to face the threat of career ending injury, climb up the ladder of rehabilitation and then record the top performance of their careers. Remember there are no NHL salaries in this sport. If amateur means, “love of sport”, Derek and Mike have that. Medals at the Olympics or not, these young men are Canadian heroes to me whether on the podium or simply doing their best. What about you?
Tickets are $25 finish line, $10 general admission are available on line at www.harryjeorme.com. First event starts at 6pm with doors open at 5pm. Opening ceremonies will be at 7:30pm