SUTHERLANDS RIVER – Local track and field star Kaelan Schmidt is joining the Dalhousie Tigers.
A 5’10” jumper, Schmidt comes to the Tigers after successful high school and club track and field seasons.
A native of Sutherlands River and a recent graduate of North Nova Educational Centre, Schmidt claimed four gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze at Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) provincial championships in the last three years, including two gold (high jump and triple jump) and a silver (long jump) last spring. He is also the current NSSAF record holder in the junior boys’ triple jump.
As a member of the Pictou County Athletics club, Schmidt has multiple provincial and Atlantic athletic titles, including a gold medal sweep in the high jump, long jump and triple jump events at the 2016 Athletics Nova Scotia provincial championships in July. He is the current record holder in the midget boys’ triple jump.
Schmidt has been a member of the Nova Scotia/Nunavut Legion team that competes at the Royal Canadian Legion Youth track and field championships. He had a gold-medal high jump performance at the 2013 championships in Langley, B.C., in addition to earning silver in the triple jump. At the 2014 championships (also in Langley, B.C.) he claimed bronze in the youth boys high jump event.
“Kaelan boasts rare athletic talent and exceptional leadership ability,” says jumps coach and CIS gold medal jumper, Simon Watts. “We are fortunate to have him commit to Dalhousie.”
Schmidt received an entrance scholarship and is enrolled in Dalhousie’s nursing program. He was recently named to the 2016 Athletics Nova Scotia Under-22 Espoirs track and field team, along with 11 current Tigers who competed at the meet on Aug. 6 and 7 in Moncton.
“I am extremely excited to start this new part of my life and train with some of the best coaches in the country,” says Schmidt. “I look forward to working with such high caliber coaches to take my track and field career to a whole new level.”
Kaelan Schmidt arches over the bar during high jump practice at the Pioneer Coal track and field facility in Stellarton. (Goodwin photo)