Dennita Cameron wins indoor high jump gold for second straight year

Even though she’s inching closer to the end of her high school athletics career, Dennita Cameron isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

The Grade 12 student from R.D. Parker Collegiate recently captured a first-place finish in high jump at Athletics Manitoba’s High School Series Championship indoor track and field event, which took place March 13 in Winnipeg.

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While Cameron’s gold medal worthy jump of 1.60 metres was not her personal best, it was still good enough to beat the event’s silver medallist by a good 10 centimetres.

This victory is a repeat of Cameron’s performance from last year’s competition, where she also ranked number one in her age group with a jump of 1.63 metres.

With graduation looming on the horizon, Cameron still wants to clear her personal best jump of 1.69 metres before the end of the school year.

If all goes well, she’ll get the opportunity to do that very thing during the upcoming Zone 11 track championships and high school track provincials, which are going to take place in late May and early June, respectively. 

Otherwise, Cameron said she’s proud of everything she’s accomplished in sport over the last four years, especially ranking fourth in the country in U18 women’s high jump back in 2017.

She even made special mention of her run as a member of the RDPC senior girls’ volleyball team, who have won back-to-back zone championships throughout the last two years. 

Cameron’s accomplishments also haven’t gone unnoticed by the Manitoba sports community at large. 

Not only did she get to represent the province in the 2017 Canada Summer Games, but she was also named Female Aboriginal Athlete of the Year by the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council back in 2018.

While these accolades have attracted the attention of several post-secondary institutions, Cameron said she wants to take a year off school following graduation before committing to a specific program. 

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