Bobby Roy/Rep Staff 14-year-old Aylcia Swanson poses with her four medals she came home with from the Alberta Summer Games in Lethbridge July 26-29.
Fourteen year-old Alycia Swanson has only been involved in competitive track for less than a year and she‘s already starting to make her mark. She has won three medals at the Alberta Summer Games held in Lethbridge from July 26-29.
Swanson also made her first appearance at an international track competition during the Hershey‘s Track and Field Games North America Final in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Aug. 4.
Swanson ended up finishing in eleventh spot after she was tripped by another runner, which resulted in an injury to her shoulder.
At the Alberta Summer Games, Swanson finished second in the 1200 m, third in the 2000 m and anchored the medley relay team for a second place finish as part of the Zone 5 team.
Swanson‘s latest three track medals now have her with a total of more than 10 she has achieved in her short time running track competitively.
The soon-to-be Grade 9 student‘s involvement in the sport of track is one quickly embraced, and she is training hard to get ready for the upcoming track and field season at the end of September.
“I really enjoy running and I plan on doing a bunch of more races later this year and into the next,” explained Swanson.
The long distance runner got started in track when John Bole, the president of the Leduc Track Club, approached her during Ecole Leduc Junior High‘s (ELJH) track and field day.
Since then, Swanson has been steadily involved training to improve her long distance run times.
The 1200 and 2000 metre races are Swanson‘s specialities, which involves training five days a week.
“The long distance runs really suit my body,” said Swanson.
“With any long distance race, being mentally prepared is as important as being physically fit. You really have to stay focused when you’re getting ready for a race,” noted Swanson.
Swanson plans on running competitively until she reaches university and is planning to compete in the 2014 Alberta Summer Games and races in Las Vegas and Idaho for the 2000 and 1200 metre races in the near future.
As the fall season approaches, Swanson will compete on the ELJH‘s track and field team and continue her training routine outside and indoors once winter hits.
“The training regiments for running long distances changes as the seasons do,” explained Swanson.
“In the summer and fall we do alot more endurance training and in the winter we do a lot of core, muscle strengthening and short distance training.”
Track isn‘t the only sport Swanson is involved with. The athlete also plays basketball, volleyball and other team sports for ELJH .