Morning Star Staff
Trinity Hansma missed a national medal in high jump by six centimetres, a height that was definitely achievable if she wasn’t jumping on a rolled ankle. She placed fourth with a leap of 1.64 metres.
Six days prior to the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships in Sainte-Thérèse/Blainville, Que, Hansma rolled her left ankle in her last jump during her final practice.
“I was kinda hoping for a medal, but I had a feeling my ankle might hold me back,” said Hansma.
Hansma rolled her left ankle which is her takeoff ankle.
“I think I would have had a pretty good chance at getting a medal if I was healthy,” said Hansma, 14. “I have jumped that height in the past.”
Bronze went to Eve St. Denis with a height of 1.70 m. Gold went to Hansma’s Team B.C. teammate Alexa Porpaczy with a jump of 1.73 m. Robin Clark of Ontario grabbed silver with 1.70 m.
“It was cool to see a friend with gold like that,” said Hansma, who was expecting to be nervous for the big event, but was locked once the competition started and the atmosphere took over.
“The only thing I was nervous about was my ankle. It didn’t hurt at first, it was taped and secured, but it started to hurt at the end,” said Hansma, 14.
“It was a cool trip. We checked out the Cosmodôme, I had lots of fun and made a lot of bilingual friends who helped me out,” said Hansma.
Hansma is done competing for the summer and is ready to return to Pleasant Valley Secondary.