The Vancouver 2010 Olympics inspired many to take action in their daily lives. Whether it was to become a positive role model, striving to do their best each day, or living life to its fullest.
Kevin Jagger is one man who was inspired so much so that he decided to up and quit his cubicle job and strap on a pair of skates. I’ve known the Jagger family (well, two of the four brothers) for a few years now and had no idea what Kevin was up to until I got an email from Steven. Over the last few months Kevin’s been training (and learning how) to do long track speed skating.
He was an athlete in high school and college however to get in shape for speed skating, he has been doing everything from weight-lifting and running, to biking. Along with guidance from his coach Brock Miron, a 6 time member of Canada’s National Speed Skating team & Olympian in Turin, Jagger’s getting some solid support.
A big part of his training is inviting others to come out and join him so he started up the Hill Sprints Club, now with about 20 members, 3 of which are past Olympians.
Jagger’s met most of his supporters (and now training-buddies) through social media, using a his blog and video blog to get the word out. He has also just been accepted into Okanagan Spring’s “Sponsor Me Spring” contest where the most votes equals a sponsored beer party for you and your friends. He won’t be drinking of course but he would like to reward his supporters.
You can join Kevin and the Hill Sprints Club at Jericho Hill this Thursday at 3:30pm. Stay on top of other training events by following Long Track Long Shot on Facebook. This could be your chance to train with a future Olympian and be a part of supporting his journey from start to finish.