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15-year-old phenom wins Canadian U18 XC Championship

15-year-old phenom wins Canadian U18 XC Championship


It has been a cross-country season to recollect for 15-year-old Eleanor Voykin of Toronto.

Voykin has gained nearly every little thing this fall, together with the Ontario HS Championships (OFSAA) for Grade 10, the Ontario U18 Women XC title, and on Saturday afternoon, she gained her first nationwide junior title on the 2023 Canadian Cross Nation Championships, beating runners two to 3 years older.

Voykin’s standout efficiency didn’t come as a shock, as she was one of many favourites to win the race after her flawless fall season. She led the 4K race from gun to tape, profitable in 14:32, 15 seconds forward of her competitors at Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa.

Eleanor Voykin
Eleanor Voykin of Blue Devils Athletic Membership within the U18 Women 4K race at ACXC 23′. Picture: Sean Burges / Mundo Sport Photos.

Final 12 months, Voykin completed fourth in the identical race at XC Nationals at 14. She has discovered success in being a dual-sport athlete, taking part in midfielder for Crew Ontario’s U16 group in 2022. Her pace from soccer has translated effectively to cross nation, as evidenced by profitable her second consecutive provincial high-school XC title on the 2023 OFSAA Championships earlier this month.

Voykin has skilled with Toronto’s Blue Devils Athletics Membership for six years, with coaches Ben Devito and Tristan Markov. “I feel she’s been profitable as a result of she’s having enjoyable,” says Devito. “She trusts her expertise, coaches and teammates.”

Eleanor Voykin

Her coaching has various since she first joined the Blue Devils Athletic Membership in 2018. Devito and Markov strongly consider in long-term improvement with their younger athletes, aiming to information them into school or college packages the place they’ll flourish within the years forward. “When Voykin joined the group, we had her taking part in numerous video games like Octopus and Seize The Flag with different athletes round her age to make operating enjoyable, with none strain,” Devito says.

When she reached highschool, Voykin moved as much as the Blue Devils’ highschool improvement group, operating three to 4 instances every week with a give attention to sustainable coaching. She instantly noticed an enormous leap in performances, profitable Ontario provincial titles within the 1,500m and in cross nation.

Devito says Voykin likes to maintain issues mild earlier than an enormous race and is impressed she doesn’t let the strain of profitable get to her. “We all the time attempt to alternate a number of catchphrases to get her smiling and in a very good temper earlier than a race,” he says. “Even this previous weekend, she mentioned she was extra anxious than regular however all it took was somewhat joke to get her to do her factor.”

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Voykin likes to front-run, because it’s the place she feels most relaxed and free, which was actually the case throughout her latest title-winning race.

She has ambitions to stay with the game and someday compete within the NCAA, however for now, she’s centered on what’s tangible in entrance of her: having fun with the game so she will proceed constructing on her success.



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