Name: Jackson Payne
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Sport: Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
Best Result: World Cup Bronze Medalist (High Bar)
How does being a CAN Fund recipient make a difference for you?
Being a CAN Fund recipient gives me the edge I have been needing! There are many ways this makes all the difference to me. Financially, this will help me directly in paying everyday living expense, and the training, competing and physio fees necessary for my journey to Tokyo. This year is my year to help team Canada qualify to Tokyo. To do this I have to compete at three significant competitions that are all self-funded. On top of that I need to prepare properly for those competitions which requires the appropriate nutrition, equipment and necessary therapy rehab to be at my best. This financial and moral support of an organization like CAN Fund makes the difference for me by suppressing the stress of making ends meet in and out of my training/competitive life. Having this fund instantly takes a lot of things off my mind and gives me the assurance and confidence to know I can put everything I have into my Tokyo goals and dreams, and not risk putting myself or my family in jeopardy because of it.
What are your words to live by or your motto?
No Payne No Gain
How did you get involved in your sport?
My older sister, Jennie, did gymnastics and I was at the age where I was always with my mom and one day a coach saw me bouncing around on the equipment and asked my mom to put me in the sport. From there is where it started.
Who is your hero and why?
Roger Federer, he is the greatest at what he does and shows proper sportsmanship.
What three items do you take with you on every road trip?
Travel Pillows, Polysporin, and hot chocolate powder.
What are your favourite places in the world you have visited?
I love Asia, England and Australia!
Website or Blog: http://www.jacksonpayne.ca
Facebook Fan Page: JacksonPayneGymnast