Anthony Isaac Is Following The Very Fast Family Footsteps
When Anthony Isaac chose to commit to the University of Windsor Lancers track and field team, he was doing more than securing his academic and athletic future, he was following in some very fast family footprints.
“It will be a great honour to represent the school my mom was part of during some of their best years in the programs history,” Isaac explained.
His mother, Irma Grant (Isaac), a Chatham Sports Hall of Fame member, captured 9 Canadian University gold medals and two silvers, along with 8 Ontario University golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronze medals. She was an All-Canadian five straight years, and set dozens of records while representing the University of Windsor Lancers.
“Seeing that record having that record above me every time I train there is a big motivator to maybe one day have my own name on the men’s side,” said Anthony Isaac.
But he’s also looking to blaze his own trail at Windsor, a school he chose for a variety of reasons.
“I chose Windsor because of their great history in track and field. Their connection to a lot of coaches and former athletes that have trained me in during high school competition. The facilities getting updated in the coming years and all coaches that I have met have been great. Also not being too far form home was a very big factor.”
A Windsor Legion Track and Field team alumni, Isaac is excited for the opportunity to continue sprinting and to compete at the University level.
“Knowing I’m going to be competing at one of the highest levels in the sport is very exciting, knowing my hard work is paying off,” he said.
“I’m prepared for the challenges ahead with the jump in skill. Keeping a balanced schedule with training and recovery will be the most important thing to being able to compete at that level and do well.”
Luckily, when Isaac does need guidance, he’ll have a talented group of coaches at Windsor, and he’ll also have one of the school’s all-time greatest athletes, his mother, to lean on.
“My mom was my biggest motivator,” he said.
“She always wanted one of her kids to be a runner. (She) provided me with a lot of with the mental side of what to took to be at that level and the commitment it took.”
Isaac will now look to follow in some very fast footsteps, while also setting his own path in Windsor. He will study biological sciences.