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8/20/22

by: Carol Phillips

Shadd-Ceres continues breaking records at Niagara 2022

Trinity Shadd-Ceres smashed a 29-year-old record on Saturday with a 6.40-metre long jump to win gold at the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.

The jump, her second attempt of the afternoon, bested the previous Games record of 6.25m set by Saskatchewan’s Tracy Dulmage back in 1993.

“I don’t even know what to say,” responded the 15-year-old Kitchener, Ont. native. “I wasn’t even born then.”

Madi Lawrence, 23, from Winnipeg, won silver with a jump of 6.26m and Sienna MacDonald, 20, of Spruce Grove, Alta. won bronze with a jump of 6.18m.

Lawrence won heptathlon gold for Manitoba. She had to alternate her long jumps with the javelin portion of the heptathlon competition. Luckily, the two events were at the same end of the field.

Shadd-Ceres stood at the pit watching as the crew called for a second official measurement on her record jump. 

“I knew it was a big jump, but I didn’t know how big it was,” she said. “My (personal best) is 6.47 so it was up there. I knew that. … After I saw it, all the excitement and energy came out.”

Breaking the 6.50m barrier was her goal, but she said she’s happy with the result.

Shadd-Ceres is the reigning Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) junior champion in the 100m, 200m, and the long jump, where she set a meet record of 6.08m.

She competed for Team Ontario here at the Games in the long jump and the 100m, finishing sixth.

The athletics competition at this year’s Canada Summer Games is a U25 meet, as of Dec. 31, 2022, as long as they have not yet competed for a senior national team or been at a major international competition. So, the very young Shadd-Ceres knew she was going to be in tough.

Shadd-Ceres began track season nursing an injured Achilles suffered playing volleyball, which slowed down her preparation.

“It’s okay,” she said about her injury. “I’m a volleyball player so my season for track starts in June. So, with all the time I had to do my training and competing I’m, like, really happy with my results.”

Shadd-Ceres is a dual athlete whose first love is volleyball. She plays for the Kitchener-Waterloo Predators Volleyball Club. Since June 15 (when volleyball recruitment was allowed to commence) Shadd-Ceres said she’s been contacted by more than 30 schools about playing on a scholarship after high school. 

“I’m deciding my sports path, so I don’t know if I want to stay with track,” she said when asked about her future plans. “I’m only doing (track) two months a year, so I don’t know if I want to go full-in on volleyball yet or just stay a dual athlete right now.”

Her mother, Crystal Shadd, was a triple jumper who attended Eastern Michigan on a dual track-volleyball scholarship before transferring to Arkansas. Her uncle, Kenan Shadd, was also an NCAA triple jumper. Shadd-Ceres said her mother and uncle are fine with whatever she chooses.

“Track is an individual sport more, so it’s so much more pressure and I’m young, too, so it’s way more pressure,” she said about why she prefers volleyball. “But playing in a team sport like volleyball it’s like I can rely on my teammates more. Of course, it’s still on me how I perform. I just like the team atmosphere more.”

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