Exciting News About Our Athlete Mike van der Poel
Legge Health Clinic Inc. is proud to support amateur sport. We have worked with several local athletes who have shown dedication to their sport and have been selected to represent Nova Scotia at the 2017 Jeux Canada Games this summer in Winnipeg. Mike van der Poel is one of these athletes.
More about Mike
Grade 10 (2012/2013): Mike started track in grade 10 and won two silver medals in the 100m and 200m as well as a gold medal in the 4x100m relay.
Grade 11 (2013/2014): Patrick began coaching Mike in his grade 11 year after realizing that he could be a good member for the 4x400m relay team. He won gold medals in the 200m (21.72s), 4x100m (42.26s) and 4x400m (3:26.09s), all were provincial records at the time. He also won a silver medal in the 100m.
Grade 12(2014/2015): Patrick continued coaching Mike successfully. Mike won a gold medal in the 400m (48.49s), which set a new provincial record. He also won silver medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x400m.
First Year (2015/2016): Mike started his first year at Dalhousie University under Sprints Coach Michael Bawol. He adapted well to Michael’s program and started his university track season with a season opener of 34.48s in the 300m, which broke the NS Indoor Record. It also placed Mike as #1 in the CIS national rankings until December 31st, 2015 and set a new Dalhousie Record. Shortly after, he suffered from hamstring injury which limited his abilities for the remainder of the season.
Second Year (2016/2017): In his second year of university, Mike received three gold medals at the Atlantic University Sport championships, all were AUS and Dalhousie records. He broke the previous 300m records by 0.89s and two additional records with the 4x200m and 4x400m team. At nationals he won a bronze medal in the 300m event with a time of 34.10s. This time set a new provincial and Dalhousie record. Throughout the year he was rewarded with two G2 Male Athlete of the Week awards and as the Dalhousie MVP for Men’s Track & Field.
Summer (2017): Mike qualified for Canada Games in the 200m and 400m event. His seasonal best times for both are 21.69s and 48.16s, respectively. He is entering Canada Games as #1 in Nova Scotia for both events.
– 5x NSSAF Gold Medals, 6x NSSAF Silver Medals, 3x NSSAF Provincial Record, 3x CEC Records, 1x CEC Male Athlete of the Year, 1x USports National Bronze Medal, 3x AUS Gold Medals, 3x AUS Records, 3x Dalhousie Records, 2x G2 Male Athlete of the Week, 1x Dalhousie MVP Men’s Track & Field, 1x Nova Scotia Record
“Legge Health Clinic helped me overcome my injuries in a knowledgeable and extremely positive manner. Their methods of treatment helped me get back on track and ultimately made me a better athlete. I am very excited to receive support from Patrick and his team for the upcoming Canada Games.” – Mike van der Poel
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