WINNIPEG — Between the track and the court it’s been a busy few weeks for Vincent Massey student Victoria Tachinski.
Tachinski, 16, just led the Trojans to the provincial final in basketball where she was named a tournament all-star. Earlier in March she ran her way into the record books, breaking the Canadian Youth Indoor record in the 400 metre and adding a provincial record in the 200 metre at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York.
“Records are just an extra bonus for all the work I put in,” said Tachinski.
“I was so happy to see my time up on the board. First of all the record wasn’t the first thing that came up in my head, I was just so happy I got to run my personal best on a trip.”
She also plays on the Trojans hockey team, which begs the question, where does she find the time to juggle all three sports at the same time?
“Victoria was like one of our energizer bunnies,” Trojans basketball coach Stacy Hawash said.
“Whatever you tell her to do, she’s one of those coaches dreams that she does it. She works hard all the time and she never stops.”
“I honestly don’t have the time, you just find a way,” said Tachinski.
She plays hockey and basketball for pleasure, but when it comes to the track, she’s all business.
“Track’s by far my favourite sport,” Tachinski said. “Track I hope to have a long career in. Basketball and hockey I just play them for high school.”
In addition to the 400 m record, Tachinski also owns Canadian youth records in the 300 m and 600 m. She still has another year of high school left and is hoping it leads to an NCAA scholarship at a division one school and eventually the Olympics.
“Definitely my dream is to go to the Olympics and to compete for Canada.” she said. “I think my goal right now is the 2020 in Japan.”
But in the short term, as the outdoor season approaches, Tachinski has set her sights on qualifying for one of just two spots on the Canadian Junior World Championships team that will compete in Poland in July.