Leduc resident Lindsey Mix didn’t consider herself much of an athlete before joining the Leduc Composite High School track and field team in Grade 11.
Mix had just finished her gymnastics career, and she decided to join the team partly to continue in a different sport and partly because it was a way to spend time outside and miss a day of school.
“I was never a good runner, I remember struggling to run around the block in gym class in junior high and I don’t have good reaction skills but I’m good at planning a sequence and executing it,” Mix said.
“I think that it was similar to gymnastics [in that] I could practice something over and over again and continue to get better at it.”
Now Mix will be included as one of the 2019 Leduc Sports Hall of Fame inductees. Since joining the track team in high school she still holds the high jump record with the University of Alberta and the outdoor pole vault record in the province.
Mix was part of the U of A track team for five years before competing nationally and internationally with the Edmonton International Track Club. She won the open nationals for pole vault in 2014 and was just short of qualifying for the Olympics.
“I was trying to go for Olympic trials; it was 10 centimetres under the qualifying standard. I’m proud of that height.”
Mix stopped competing three years ago and currently works as a physiotherapist. She said she hasn’t ruled out competing again but is now more interested in supportive roles.
“I always love treating athletes in my clinic and helping them to reach their goals … my husband coaches competitive rock climbing so I’m just deciding whether I’m going to work with their team again because I’ve done some volunteer work with them in the past. I’d maybe [continue] my role as a physio or perhaps coaching in the future.”
She said she’s honoured to be recognized among the other athletes being inducted and in the city. She hopes to encourage people that there are a variety of sports to participate in.
“I want to encourage young kids in Leduc or wherever that you don’t have to be the typical athlete to find your niche and find success … I found my strength in what I could do … there are so many other sports that, even if you’re not the typical athlete, you can find success.”