One to watch
|By Matthew Desrosiers - Editor | February 13, 2014
When Izac Reid hit his first jump, it took my breath away
I’d never paid much attention to snowcross before and knew next to nothing about the sport. Hockey yes – especially here in a county that has developed so much talent on the ice.
But snowcross just wasn’t my thing. Until now
Izac is a 14-year-old from Minden, and he has made me a snowcross fan
When I think of athletes at that age, for the most part I think of kids who still have a lot of practice – and time – ahead of them before they become complete sportsmen or women. There’s usually a huge gap in talent between them and, say, an 18-year-old
So it came as a surprise when Izac arced through the sky, snow falling from the back of his sled, leading a pack of racers four years his senior. I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t that
Around and around the track he went, taking jumps with wild abandon and pushing his sled to its limit. When he would disappear down the hill behind a fellow racer and then fly back into view in the lead, I couldn’t help but pump my fist in the air.
This kid is dynamite.
What impressed me most was when he crashed. Snowcross is a bit of a contact sport: the racers charge into corners, or fly off the starting line and jostle for position. A few times Izac came off his sled as a result. But even though he was clearly out of the race at that point as others sped by, he continued to push.
Izac attacked the course, as if his will alone could drive the sled faster and further off each jump. If ever he fell behind, you always felt like he could catch up on that next corner.
He fit right in with guys who had more size, experience, and faster sleds. It’s hard to believe he’s only been racing for three years.
I may not know a whole lot about snowcross, but I do know this: Izac Reid is the real deal. This kid can race, and he’s got the attitude of a winner.
He’s also got a family behind him, supporting him in every way they can, from bringing him to races across Quebec and Ontario, to fixing his sled between them.
As he continues to succeed and more people find out about him, he’ll get a lot of support from our community, too.
This county is dominated by hockey in the winter months – and quite rightly. It’s Canada’s sport and this year all our eyes are on Matt Duchene as he competes at Sochi. And in any year, Highlanders can name most of the players on the Highland Storm squads, and residents go to the arenas to support those kids as they develop and move forward in their sport.
But let’s not forget our other athletes on the fringe of popular sports. We’ve got a lot of great hockey players, but we’ve got many other great talents, too.
Izac Reid is one of those. Stand up and take notice, because this kid is destined for great things.
MATTHEW DESROSIERS is the editor of The Highlander and tries to find room in his house amongstthe animals that have taken over his abode in Tory Hill. He thinks TheHighlander’s office manager Ashley is pretty sweet, but loves all of the staffas long as they work as hard as he does. Matthew has an impressive, and kind ofcreepy, obsession with Star Wars. You might catch him volunteering with the HEFire Department or covering local sports.