Aug 30.2014(ISN) – Two-time Olympic sprinter Jared Connaughton of New Haven, P.E.I., officially announced his retirement today. Jared Connaughton steps off the track following an impressive career representing Canada on the International stage for nine years.
Connaughton retires as a two-time Olympian (2008, 2012), three-time World Championships team member (2007, 2009, 2011), Commonwealth Games finalist (2010), Pan American Games silver medallist (2007), NACAC under-23 bronze medallist (2006) and two-time Canadian Champion (2008, 2010). He is ranked 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.
“It’s time to devote myself to my wife and to our life as a unit” comment’s Jared on his retirement. “I have started working as a strength and condition consultant in north Texas developing young, collegiate and professional athletes.” He adds, “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.”
2006 NACAC U23 Championship – Bronze in 200m
2007 IAAF World Championship – 4x100m heats
2007 Pan American Games – Silver in 4x100m
2008 Olympic Games – 6th in 4x100m, 200m semi finalist
2009 IAAF World Championship – 5th in 4x100m, 200m quarter finalist
2010 Commonwealth Games – 4th in 200m, finalist in the 4x100m
2011 IAAF World Championship – 200m & 4x100m heats
2012 Olympic Games – 4x100m finalist, 200m semi finalist
2014 World Relays – 6th (automatically qualifying for the 2015 IAAF World Championship)
2014 Commonwealth Games – 100m heats
Jared’s 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.
This is not the end of Jared Connaughton and Canadian track and field as he will stay involved as a member of the Athletics Canada Sport Ambassador program.