Through thick and thin, the smile never seemed to leave the face of Manitoba’s Lara Denbow, a double medal-winner at the 43rd Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships held Aug. 9-11 in Sydney, N.S.
Denbow, a 15-year-old native of Neepawa, Man., competing for Prairie Storm Athletics, set a personal best of 1.72 metres to take gold in the women’s under-18 high jump, then followed that up with a silver-medal performance in the triple jump.
It was her second straight win at the Athletics Canada-sanctioned games after she took the under-16 high jump title last year in Brandon, Man. She has competed in track and field since Grade 6, and has been fascinated by the high jump since Grade 4.
Denbow smiled, even as she prepared to jump, even as she faulted, then double-faulted, then c...