What is your greatest achievement?
The Wolves Athletics Club (WAC) is a tiny track club, located hundreds of kilometres north of any significant civilization. But did you know that WAC athletes have captured five national championships and two world championships since 2001.
Jenna Huber has been our most prolific champion. In 2001, she won the Canadian Legion National Track & Field Championships (U17) in the 3000m. A year later, she upped the ante winning both the 3000m and 5000m at the Athletics Canada Junior Nationals (U19) in Kitchener, ON.
A pair of college runners have also topped the national podium. Kyle Reynolds won the CCAA Men’s Cross Country Running crown in 2004, while Fiona Benson topped the women’s field in 2010. (Benson also won a CIS Indoor National title in 2014 in the 1000m while representing Trinity Western University.)
As for the world championships, they took place not on the track, nor over fields, but on the ice. The same Kyle Reynolds is a two-time World Junior Curling Champion. Kyle and his team-mates captured the world crown in both 2005 and 2006. (Distance runners can succeed other sports; who knew?)
For more details, a full history of the WAC is linked here.
Arthur Lydiard, the world’s greatest running coach, reportedly once said, “Champions are born in every neighborhood.” WAC athletes have proved this missive time and time again. When you show up to compete, it really doesn’t matter where you’ve come from; it’s what you bring on the day of the race.