Volume 92, Issue 64
Thursday, January 21, 1999
Robinson soars above injuries
© Geoff Robins/Gazette
By Aaron Hindermeier
Not gravity, nor injuries, nor snow will keep Chris Robinson from his appointed rounds as Western's premier jumper on the Mustang track and field team.
When it comes to the long jump and triple jump, Robinson is one of the best in the nation. In his first two serious competitions of this season, the Brockville native has collected four gold medals. Despite being hampered with several injuries early in the year, Robinson is currently dominating the field and said he still doesn't feel he has hit full stride.
Injuries are nothing new to this fourth-year veteran. He has battled chronic leg injuries such as shin splints throughout his varsity career. In his second season at Western, Robinson was struck by a serious hamstring pull which ended his season early yet he still managed to battle back last season and had a career year.
He was an all-Canadian with silver medal finishes in the triple jump at the Ontario University Athletics and the CIAU championships. Not only did he finish second in the nation but he also made a personal best jump of 14.88 metres, breaking the Western record of 14.84 m which had stood for 11 years.
Robinson has always been a big performer, according to Western men's head coach Bob Vigars.
"Chris always performs well at the big events and that is key at this level," he said. "Chris is a very competitive athlete that brings a lot to the team."
His results last season captured Robinson an OUA athlete of the week award and the very distinguished most valuable performer award for the Western men's field events which was voted on by the coaching staff.
"Chris' commitment and his desire not to just win but to be the best has excelled him to the top of his field," said teammate Adrian Jordan.
Coming off a double gold achievement at the Don Wright Challenge, hosted by Western on Jan. 9, Robinson repeated the performance in Windsor last weekend proving to all early in the season last year was no fluke.
Robinson's individual accomplishments are not the only things which make him a great athlete, Jordan said. He also brings a lot to the team itself.
"Chris' ability to motivate others through his focus may be his biggest attribute," Jordan explained.
Fellow teammate and rival triple jumper Jon Yonker had a similar opinion of Robinson.
"Chris is not the most vocal person on the team but he definitely leads by example and he really shows how a real champion should act," Younker said.
Content with his performance so far this season, Robinson is aiming for one prize that has so far eluded him national gold.
"My expectations coming into this year are to win nationals," he said. "But in order to do that I have jump considerably further than my personal best."
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