iON Featured Athlete: Erin MacMinn | High Jumper | Showing Up...and Up!


There is a saying that goes something like "Your Attitude determines your Altitude!" When I first met Erin MacMinn her amazing enthusiasm and energy were off the charts! The saying fits her so well being that she is a leaping Masters High Jumper!

masters track athlete jumper Erin MacMinn

 

Erin MacMinn

Masters Track Athlete, High Jump

Erin, what inspires you?

Being able to be a good role model for my seven year old daughter is really important to me. I like to show her that if you have goals and work hard towards them, you can do anything. I am also inspired by my fellow Master's athletes. The air at a Master's meet is just electric. It's amazing to see everyone out there, doing what they love and helping each other out. It's such a great environment.

What are your athletic goals for this season?

Well, my 2018 year end goal was to jump high enough to qualify for All-American status (4'5") but Sunday [At National Indoor Championships] , I jumped 4'5.5" so, I suppose I need a new goal! I think I am going to now focus on beating my team (Greater Philadelphia Track Club) record, which is 4'7" - so, my 2018 season goal is now 4'7.25"!

Masters High jumper Erin Macminn

What is the most significant challenge you face in achieving your goal?

Honestly, my brain thinks I am 18 but my body know it is 39. So, trying to keep that all in check is a constant struggle. Not being able to jump as high as I could 20 years ago is really a mental challenge. Also, the fact that my body recovers slower and takes a bigger beating is tough, too.

"...you don't stop doing it because you get old, you get old because you stop doing it!"

What is a technical aspect of your sport you are focusing on or have previously improved?

Speed. I need to get faster. In order to jump higher, I need more horizontal kinetic energy to convert to the vertical. I laugh when I see videos of myself be