BY DAN MCNEE
LANGLEY, B.C. – Erin Katerberg is as modest as they come for a teenager.
One would typically hold a gold medal at the Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships in high regard, but Katerberg just smiles in what seems like just another day at the track for her. Because after the year she has had in relation to secondary school high jump competitions, it is.
Katerberg came away from the Langley, British Columbia event with the top prize in girls’ high jump on Aug. 9-11. The gold medal capped a fantastic year of competition for the 17-year-old, who racked up a number of awards at the regional and provincial level.
“It was pretty amazing,” she said of her win. Katerberg beat out a Quebec competitor in a jump-off to claim first with a height of 1.66 metres.
Erin is the daughter of Peter and Laura Katerberg of Listowel. She was the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association (OFSAA) junior high jump champion in 2012, where she jumped a personal best height of 1.72 m. She also placed third at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Winnipeg last summer.
“The first jump is always the worst,” she said of her craft. “After I jump that then I’m fine.”
Katerberg was introduced to the world of competitive high jumping in her grade 9 year at Listowel District Secondary School. After she placed fifth at her first OFSAA finals, she began regularly training with Laurel Creek Track and Field Club in Kitchener. Twice a week, Katerberg takes part in sprinting, overall fitness and jumping drills to keep her at the top of her game.
And while she doesn’t yet know if she’ll pursue a post-secondary scholarship or career in sports heading into her last year at LDSS, Katerberg will simply continue on with what she does best.
“It certainly opens doors if that’s the route she wants to go,” said Laura Katerberg.