Kayden Johnson, originally from Kerrobert, was in the spotlight recently. Johnson was awarded the top prize at the Training Ground for Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Johnson said this accomplishment will help pave the way for his athletic career, "Winning this will help me with the funding I can get and the opportunities to go to training camps, where I can connect with world class coaches, athletes and Olympians."
The competition is a couple rounds of testing put together to help find athletes with Olympic potential. There are various events that test speed, strength and endurance, including sprints, broad and triple jumps, and endurance and speed bikes.
"I did a qualifier in Toronto and from there they picked 100 athletes to go to the regional finals." Johnson said he competed in the Saskatchewan Manitoba combined competition, which took place in Winnipeg, "I went there, did some more tests against some really great athletes and came out on top."
A few different sports organizations, including Athletics Canada, Bobsleigh Skeleton Canada and Rugby Canada, also took note of Johnson's athletic talent at the event.
"At both the qualifier and finals, they had a bunch of Olympians watching and representatives from Olympic sports and Team Canada," Johnson said they had reps and scouts in the crowds during the event. "It also gave me an opportunity to connect with those different teams and sports. The result of me winning will allow me to get funding to be an athlete and better pursue my athletic and Olympic career."
Johnson is still currently tied to the York University Lions football team. While it is the off-season for football, he said he's keeping busy, "I'm still competing in track and field so I have a couple meets this summer. I'm looking forward to Nationals and trying to make Team Canada this summer for track and field and the hurdles."