Connaughton retires from track

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Olympic sprinter Jared Connaughton has retired.

The New Haven runner made the announcement on Friday.

“It’s time to devote myself to my wife and to our life as a unit,” Connaughton said.

“I have started working as a strength and condition consultant in north Texas developing young, collegiate and professional athletes,” he added. “I would ultimately love to work for a professional sports team in the strength and conditioning department. I am very excited about beginning a new chapter of my life and am very grateful to have pursued a very unlikely dream for a young boy from the small province of Prince Edward Island.”

Connaughton was as a two-time Olympian (2008, 2012), competed in three World Championships (2007, 2009, 2011), Commonwealth Games finalist (2010) and Pan American Games silver medallist (2007). He was an NACAC under-23 bronze medallist in 2006 and two-time Canadian champion (2008, 2010).

He ranks fourth all-time in Canada in the 200-metres with a personal best of 20.30 seconds. His personal best over the 100-metres is 10.15.

His personal highlights include being named captain of the 2012 Athletics Olympic Games team, setting the Canadian championship record of 20.34 seconds at the 2008 Olympic trials; a mark that still stands today, and winning two gold medals at the 2005 Canada Games representing Prince Edward Island.

Connaughton will stay involved with Canadian track and field as a member of the Athletics Canada Sport ambassador program.

Organizations: Commonwealth Games

Geographic location: New Haven, Texas, Prince Edward Island Canada

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  • andrew maclean
    August 30, 2014 - 06:00

    CLASS ACT

  • North Shore
    August 29, 2014 - 20:17

    A first class young man who has done his country,province,community family & friends proud. Wishing you nothing the best of success in your future endeavours

  • Lisa
    August 29, 2014 - 19:36

    Yes so much Island and Canadian Pride is right. Thank you for representing our Province and Country so well! I sure do hope you do start training young people. What a great roll model you are!

  • Jan Roach
    August 29, 2014 - 18:14

    Thank you Jared for the many excited races we were able to watch both in North America & abroad. I wish you & your family much happiness as you move into the next phase of your life. I have no doubt you will have success in whatever career you choose.

  • Bob
    August 29, 2014 - 16:49

    Always classy, always a source of Island and Canadian pride. Well done, Jared.