Jenna Martin takes next step posted on 08/04/09
Sprinter named to world championships team
by Stacey Colwell
Last week, the 21 year old was named to Team Canada for the world championships in Berlin from August 15 to 23.
Ms Martin is part of the 4 x 400-metre team, which qualified for the event for the first time since 1993 and is coming off a seasonal-best time of 3:30.85 at the Aviva Grand Prix in London.
The team, which also includes Esther Akinsulie, Kimberly Hyacinthe, Carline Muir, Amonn Nelson and Nova Scotian Adrienne Power, is currently ranked 13th.
“If they run their very best, they have a great chance to make the world championship finals,” said Mr. Scarrow.
“The Berlin world championships will be the first significant measure on our path to London 2012,” said head coach Alex Gardiner, referring to the next Summer Olympics.
“Our top athletes … are showing good form and are in their final phase of preparation for Berlin; each are capable of a podium finish. Our next wave of young athletes is just as exciting and for them this is a chance early in the quadrennial to test where they stand.
“We expect improvement from all team members throughout the next three years and to be in a position in 2012 to challenge the podium in several events.”
Ms Martin, who could not be reached for comment, is a former All-American sprinter for the University of Kentucky and was named Athletics Canada’s most outstanding junior athlete in 2007.
Her other career highlights include:
- Holding 50-plus Nova Scotian and Canadian records.
- Placing fifth in the 400 metre at the 2009 national championships.
- Being named 2008 Sport Nova Scotia female athlete of the year.
- Finishing sixth at the 2008 NCAA Division 1 indoor championships in the 400 metre.
- Winning a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Junior Championships.
For more information about the upcoming world championships, check on-line at http://www.athletics.ca/berlin2009.
by Stacey Colwell
University of Kentucky All-American sprinter Jenna Martin was recently named Sport Nova Scotia’s female athlete of the year.
“I have met her and she is a very nice person and very grounded. It was no surprise to me that she had won the award,” said Ms Martin in a recent e-mail interview.
“I think that it is wonderful how athletes from this area have won this award in consecutive years. It shows that we have great talent around us and proves to people that things like this can be accomplished, even coming from a small town like Bridgewater. The sky is the limit for each athlete, it is just what you put into it.”
The University of Kentucky All-American sprinter is the defending Athletics Canada Junior Athlete of the Year and owns over 50 provincial records.
She is currently preparing for this week’s NCAA championships and the Olympic trials from July 3 to 6. In between, she’ll be back home helping with Bridgewater’s annual Kids of Steel triathlon.
“I am very excited about my involvement in this kids’ triathlon … I hope to bring a lot of encouragement for the young athletes and show my support. Hopefully this can be a way to draw more kids into this sport and into running, along with the new facilities and track that are coming.”
Ms Martin thanked her former coach Charles Scarrow, her family, community, friends and church for all their support while she pursues her track and field dreams.
“Lastly, I’d like to thank the Lord. He helps me keep grounded and He gives me the type of strength I need to get through every hard day of training that consumes my life. He has opened the door to so many opportunities for me and I just wish that more young athletes would open their life up to Him, because He is the key to success and happiness. He will carry you if you let Him.”
Other IKON awards recipients from Lunenburg County were:
- Tim Lohnes, Judo Nova Scotia coach of the year.
- John Peters, Football Nova Scotia official of the year.
- Whitney Lohnes, Judo Nova Scotia official of the year.
- Meryn Avery, Nova Scotia Amateur Diving Association female athlete of the year.
- Cheryl Meisner, Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation female athlete of the year.
- Krista Stockman, Special Olympics Nova Scotia female athlete of the year.
- Lisa Ross, Nova Scotia Yachting Association female athlete of the year.
- Team (Brian) Rafuse, Nova Scotia Curling Association team of the year.
- Scott Patterson, Soccer Nova Scotia volunteer of the year.