Cameron Ormond, a grade 12 student at Aurora High School, is the defending OFSAA senior women’s champion. In fact, she’s won every OFSAA cross-country race since her first one in grade nine.
Ormond is looking to make it four in a row. The high school senior had a strong track season, finishing second in the OFSAA 3,000m final in the race where winner Jocelyn Chau set a new record. Ormond, too, ran under the old record, which was set by Christiane Konstantopoulos. She went on to qualify for and compete at the Youth Olympics in October, where she ran a personal best of 9:24 in the 3,000m. Ormond jokes that it was a great event, but the timing was strange: “It was a really amazing opportunity, but it was kind of weird having to run track in October.”
But rather than changing her training to accommodate the Youth Olympics, Ormond decided to keep her focus on cross-country. “I decided to focus on cross-country, so I only had two track practices before the Youth Olympics.”
The three-time champion isn’t sure how she’s going to tackle the race tactically yet. Her main focus is to feel strong throughout. “Sam Ford is probably my biggest competition. I went to Jamaica (Canada vs. Jamaica Challenge) with her over the summer and I know she’s a really strong runner, so we’ll see how the race plays out.”
In terms of post-secondary education, Ormond is leaning toward staying in Canada. “I’m planning to make my decision a little later on, but I think being close to home and having the option to come for holidays would suit me. In Canada my schedule would be more flexible and I feel like I’ll be able to equally balance academics and athletics.” Ormond is hoping to study engineering.
Regardless of how Saturday plays out, Ormond has had an amazing high school career. But if she is able to capture a fourth win on Saturday, she will be in good company. So far Kathy Butler is the only woman to achieve this level of OFSAA success. Butler won OFSAA for four times and went on to represent Canada in the 1996 Olympics over 5,000m and Great Britain in the 2004 Olympics over 10,000m.
Ormond is excited for Saturday and is hoping to run a strong race. Anything beyond that is the cherry on top.