An international student has Olympic dreams

There is an Indian international student who needed a fresh start after tragedy befell his family. After the sudden death of his father and cousin, Sagardeep Singh said coming to Canada in 2018 gave him the new perspective he needed.

There is an Indian international student who needed a fresh start after tragedy befell his family.

After the sudden death of his father and cousin, Sagardeep Singh said coming to Canada in 2018 gave him the new perspective he needed.

“I left everything behind because it was too hard for me to stay,” Singh explained.

Singh was keen on athletics in Punjab four years ago and has recently found the strength to return to the track here as a member of the Prince George Track & Field Club as he awaits permanent residency after completing his studies at CNC.

Singh specializes in the 100m sprint, long jump and triple jump and his dream is to become an Olympian representing Canada on the world stage.

“I will never stop,” Singh said. “I will always continue.

Athletics runs in the family, his father was a record-breaking weightlifter in India, so he knows what it takes to be a champion.

“Sagar is very dedicated to his coaching,” PGTF head coach Lauren Matheson said of Singh. “He’s very focused on his goals, which I really appreciate. He always comes to me and says he’d like to work on this or that to get better – so he’s always looking for ways to improve in his sport. C he’s just a good athlete overall.

Singh is happy to say he has great support from his cousin Sukhman Singh who plays soccer for the University of Northern British Columbia.

“He will support me all the way and that really makes a difference,” Singh said.

During the first competition of this season, Singh improved his sprint times and jump distances when he competed in the Prince George Track & Field Club’s Spruce Capital Meet where he broke meet records with a time of 11:53 in the 100m and a long jump distance of 5.81m. while at U16-Sr. 2022 BC Provincial Track and Field Championship Jamboree held in Kamloops July 8-10 Singh ran the 100m in 13.05 and in the triple jump recorded a jump of 13.05m.

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