For Victoria Tachinski, a three-sport athlete and multiple Canadian youth record holder in athletics, an active life is a way of life and part of her preparations for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
“I spend a lot of time doing sports in school,” said the outgoing 17-year old recently. “I do weight training in the morning and I go to school during the day. Afterwards I go to either a hockey or basketball practice and in the evenings I train for track.”
The soon-to-be grade 12 graduate from Vincent Massey Collegiate has made a name for herself in the 300m, 400m, 600m, and 800m distances and won a bronze medal in the women’s 4x400m relay at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships, while setting a new national junior record.
Her interest in running took hold early on.
“I told my mom that I wanted to compete in track when I was five years old. It has been my lifelong dream and passion and I’ve been doing club track since I was in grade three. I love going to practice everyday.”
“I feel like I’m in my own space whenever I’m running. I enjoy competing and the sense of competition. You can directly compare people with your timing, so you can know how good you are and where you rank. I love that there is something for everyone in track.”
The rigours of elite level athletic competition and the travel involved is balanced out with the basketball and hockey because they are fun and where her friends are. The different sports also allow her to work on skill development, injury prevention and keeping her body healthy.
Before she leaves for Penn State University this fall where she will major in life sciences and compete for the Nittany Lions in Division 1, the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States, a final curtain call in Manitoba awaits.
“The 2017 Canada Games will be the first major track meet I’ve competed in Winnipeg in a long time. I’m just excited to win some medals on home soil and get the crowd revved up!”
Cheer on Victoria during the Hottest Summer in Half a Century, July 28 to August 13, at University of Manitoba Stadium. Click here to get your tickets.