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International student has Olympic dreams

There’s an international student from India who needed a fresh start after tragedy struck his family. After the sudden death of his father and cousin, Sagardeep Singh said coming to Canada in 2018 gave him the new perspective he needed.
Sagardeep Singh July 25 2022
Sagardeep Singh, a member of the Prince George Track & Field club, is sprinting into the future.

There’s an international student from India who needed a fresh start after tragedy struck his family.

After the sudden death of his father and cousin, Sagardeep Singh said coming to Canada in 2018 gave him the new perspective he needed.

“I left everything behind because it was just too hard for me to stay,” Singh explained.

Singh was heavy into track and field in Punjab four years ago and recently found the strength to venture back onto the track here as a member of the Prince George Track & Field Club as he awaits his permanent residency after completing his studies at CNC.

Singh specializes in the 100m sprint, long jump and triple jump and his dream is to become an Olympian representing Canada on the world stage.

“I will never stop,” Singh said. “I will always keep going.

Athleticism runs in the family, his dad was a record holding weight lifter in India, so he knows what it takes to be a champion.

“Sagar is very dedicated to his training,” PGTF head coach Lauren Matheson said about Singh. “He is very focused on his goals, which I really enjoy. He’s always coming up to me saying he’d like to work on this or that to improve himself – so he’s always looking for ways to improve in his sport. He’s just a good overall athlete.”

Singh is happy to say he has great support from his cousin Sukhman Singh who plays soccer for the University of Northern BC.

“He will support me all the way and it really makes a difference,” Singh said.

During this season’s early competition Singh has improved his sprint times and jumping distances when he participated in the Prince George Track & Field Club’s Spruce Capital Meet where he broke meet records with a time of 11:53 in the 100m and long jump distance of 5.81m while at the U16-Sr. 2022 BC Athletics Provincial Championship Jamboree held in Kamloops July 8 to 10 Singh ran the  100m in 13.05 and in triple jump recorded a leap of 13.05m.