Name: James Steacy
Sport: Athletics (Hammer Throw)
Hometown: Lethbridge, AB
Favorite Sports Memory: Competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing & being chosen to be Flag Bearer for the Canadian team for the opening ceremonies of the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships in Budapest, Hungary and again at the 2009 Summer Universiades in Belgrade, Serbia.
How you got involved in your sport: I participated in track & field in school and in the summer of 1999 I became involved with the Lethbridge Track & Field Club. The next summer I started throwing hammer with the Chinook Track & Field Club and things just took off from there.
The moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada: There wasn’t really a specific moment, but once I knew it was a possibility, I realized that representing Canada in sport was something that I wanted to do.
Favorite Quote: “Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible”
CAN Fund Testimonial: Thanks to the funding I have received from CAN Fund, I am able to pursue competitive opportunities that I would not have been able to afford. These competitions will help me to be as ready as I can be to win Canada a medal at the Olympic Games.
2009 Summer Universiades – Silver Medal
2008 Olympic Games – 12th
2007 Pan American Games – Gold Medal
2006 Commonwealth Games – Silver Medal
2005 Francophone Games – Gold Medal
Share one valuable tool that you use on a daily basis that helps you to be the best athlete you can be: Sleep! Sleep is the best recovery tool in an athlete’s arsenal hands down!
Who is one person in your life that has impacted your career and what was it that they taught you? My coach, Larry Steinke. Without his vast base of knowledge for my sport, there is no way I would be where I am today. Also, my parents and their unwavering support for me and my pursuit of my ultimate goal of being an Olympic medalist one day.
Have you read any articles or books or watched any videos or movies recently that really inspired you: Visions of Excellence by Mark Tewksbury.