Jason Ing – 1989 – Athlete of the Year


Jason Ing was a compet­itive swimmer with the Barrie Trojan Swim Club. Ing competed in both the Ontario Long Course and Short Course Championships in 1989. He won two medals at the Long Course Championships – a gold in the 200 metre Breaststroke, and a silver in the 100 metre Breaststroke. He dominated the 13-14 year-old age group in Ontario in 1989,- and was ranked nationally in a number of events. Ing was ranked 6th in Canada in both the 100 and 200 metre Breast­stroke (his best events) , and 9th in each of the 100 metre Backstroke and 200 metre Individual Medley. He also had a top-twenty ranking in the 200 metre Backstroke. In the Ontario rankings, Ing was 1st in the 200 metre Breaststroke, 3rd in each of the 100 metre Breaststroke and 200 metre Individual Medley, and 4th in the 100 metre Backstroke. Jason Ing was also the 1989 winner of the Kempenfest Across-the-Bay-Swim, a race across Kempenfelt Bay without age handicapping. Ing was also a talented distance runner, and in 1989 he won the Georgian Bay Midget Boys’ high school championship. He qualified for the Ontario Championships, although a leg injury hurt his results there.

During the summer of 1989 Ing competed in the “Kids of Steel” Triathlon Series. He won his age group at three different events, and finished 4th overall for the summer series.

In 1989 Jason Ing was 15 years old, and a grade nine student at Eastview Secondary School.

Other Nominees for the 1989 Athlete of the year were:

Danielle Ballagh, a member of the Barrie Figure Skating Club, along with partner Steve Kavanagh, competes in Ice Dance. During the 1989 competitive year, Ballagh and her partner were Gold Medallists in Novice Dance at the Central Ontario Sectionals. Silver Medallists at the Eastern Canadian Divisionals Bronze Medallists at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships and Gold Medallists at the Ontario Winter Games. In August the pair competed in Junior Dance at an event designed to assess junior skaters for international competition. They finished 2nd in both Compulsory Dance and Original Set Pattern, and 1st in Free Dance. They were the overall Junior Dance winners. In August they were named to the Canadian National Figure Skating Team. In their first international competition at the Merano Fall Cup in Rome, they finished 4th among 15 teams from nine countries.

Ian Pavlik: Ian Pavlik is a member of the Canadian National Junior Alpine Ski Team. 1989 was a key year for Pavlik, He had several outstanding 1989 results, in spite of recovering from a severe car accident in 1988. He completed 15 of 20 races, including seven top-ten placings. Pavlik won the Air Nova Cup Giant Slalom in Newfoundland, and finished second in the Air Nova Cup Slalom. In the Challenger Cup  he came in second in both Slalom and Giant Slalom. His other top-ten finishes included the GIS Slalom, the Motorola Cup Giant Slalom, and the Cavendish Farms Cup Canadian Alpine Final. He was also 12th in the Challenger Cup Slalom. At the conclusion of the 1989 season, Pavlik was ranked 3rd in the Slalom and 5th in the Giant Slalom among Canadian Junior skiers. (Ian Pavlik was the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame 1990 Athlete of the Year and the 2005 Coach/Official of the year)

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