The Golden Girl
Jackie Jarrell, owner of Gold Performance Training, is a Team Canada athlete training younger athletes for success.Everyone is good at something, and for Jackie Jarrell, she happens to be good at inline hockey.
Joining the Canadian women’s inline team in 2006, Jarrell tried out for the women’s team after seeing them compete in a tournament in Detroit that year.
Jarrell grew up playing ice hockey and at the time of tryouts, was going to school in the US on a sports scholarship.
As a player who performed well under pressure, Jarrell went on to collect ten medals and be awarded “MVP” in international tournaments.
Her athleticism has earned her sponsorship deals with companies like Biosteel and UnderArmour.
“I have been very fortunate to play for Team Canada for ten years,” said Jarrell, “and to have played in ten tournaments.”
Although playing for Canada has been a dream come true for Jarrell, she wanted to do more for her community.
So in August 2015, Jarrell opened Gold Performance Training on a plot of land across the street from her parents diary farm.
“I am very close with my family.” said Jarrell, “It was important for me to have it [Gold Performance Training] in the country, on the farm where I grew up.”
Gold Performance Training is a fitness centre for all, and the next training step for young athletes who want to compete on a provincial or national level in their sport.
“I feel that there’s a lot of character within the facility and I have a ton of room to do all kinds of different types of training on the appropriate seasons.”
Currently, Jarrell has trained multiple athletes who have gone to play on sport scholarships, for the OHL, and one athlete currently playing for Canada Rugby.
Friends and family of Jarrell have been very supportive of her business, even when some of them weren’t sure of the idea.
“I remember when she was building her gym,” said Donna Forbes, assistant coach of the women’s Inline hockey team and general manager of the league.
“I was like ‘Jackie, you’re gonna build a gym?’” said Forbes.
“In my head I was thinking like, ‘Whose going to drive out to the country, when they can go into the city for a gym?’”
“And then, she invited me out to the gym.” said Forbes, “When I saw it.. I was like, ‘This is phenomenal!’”
“Like, I get it now….you build it, and they will come!”
More on inline hockey:
Inline hockey came to Canada in the late 1990s, with the Men’s inline hockey team was established in 1997, with the Women’s inline hockey team made in 2002.
Some differences between inline hockey and ice hockey include equipment (roller blades vs. ice skates,) number of players (five vs. six,) and rules (no off sides vs. off sides.)
Previously having a partnership with Hockey Canada, the sport developed its own organization, Canada Inline, in the late 2000s.
Currently, Canada Inline has four divisions, which includes junior men and women leagues.
The organization is a mix of multi-sport athletes like Jackie and Forbes, from across the country and around the world, but it is an organization that believes in fostering friendship and a love for sport, nationally and internationally.
In this audio clip, Forbes talks about how Canadian players are currently helping to shape the future of the sport worldwide— one pair of skates at a time;