Jaiden Mulder to run in Canadian Youth Legion Track and Field Championships


Jaiden MulderBy Joel Charron


Jaiden Mulder is one fast teenager.

Because she’s so fast, the 15-year-old rising track star earned a spot on Team Ontario to participate in the 2013 Canadian Youth Legion Track and Field Championships in Langley, British Columbia Aug. 9-11.

Upon her return, Mulder won’t have too much time to rest as she plans to run at the International Children’s Games in Windsor Aug. 14-19.

Qualifying for the Canadian Youth Legion Track and Field Championships was no easy feat. The young speedster, who runs with the Sarnia Athletics, had to run in two separate track meets, the first being in Chatham and the latter in Sudbury.

Mulder placed second in the 80m hurdles and 200m hurdles at the Chatham meet, however, according to Mulder, she didn’t run well in Sudbury.

She must have impressed someone because on the way back from the Sudbury meet she was told she would be an alternate on Team Ontario, however that was short lived.

The next day, Mulder received word that she made the team and would be able to run in the 80m hurdles, 200m hurdles, 4x100m relay and relay medley.

“I’m very excited,” said Mulder. “I didn’t think I did very well in Sudbury.”

Mulder’s mother, Dailah said her daughter didn’t mention anything to her when she found out she made the team; she had to read the e-mail herself.

“I think we were more excited than her,” joked Dailah.

Dailah said she is very proud of her daughter for earning a spot on Team Ontario but is more proud of how she is handling herself upon learning she was going.

“I’m most proud of her character she has shown,” she said. “She is very humble. She has the same reaction when she gets first or not. She just stays even level no matter what.”

Her father, Trevor, credits her coach Kurt Downes for developing Mulder the way he has.

“He wants to take his time with Jaiden,” said Trevor. “He’s not in a rush to develop her. He doesn’t want to see her plateau and not get any better because her muscles aren’t developing correctly.”

Mulder trains five days a week for two hours at the University of Windsor.

The young track star said she has no expectations for herself as she prepares for the Canadian Youth Legion Track and Field Championships.

“I just want to do my best and see what happens,” she said.

Mulder capped off a brilliant 2013 track season with General Amherst with a bronze medal performance in the 80m hurdles at OFSSA and most recently picking up a gold medal in the 200m and silver in the 80m hurdles at the Athletics Ontario Bantam/Midget Youth Championships in Toronto this past weekend.

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