SUU alumnus and athlete, Cam Levins, is looking to compete in his second Olympic games. Levins, a 2012 graduate from Southern Utah University, competed in the 2012 London Summer Olympics with the Canadian Track & Field team; there he placed 11th in the 10,000 meter race and 14th in the 5,000 meter race. Since then he has continued running and working as a professional athlete for Nike, all while training for the upcoming games.
Levins grew up in Black Creek, British Columbia, where he began running when he was in second grade. “I have always defined myself as a runner, and I will continue to do it my entire life,” said Levins. “The athlete that I have developed into is in many parts due to my experience at SUU, and Coach Houle’s tutelage and belief in me.”
How exactly did a small-town Canadian end up at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah? In high school, Cam decided that he wanted to become a Division One athlete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). To make his goal become reality, he created an online athlete profile in hopes that a coach in the United States would find him and be interested in bringing him onto the team. During recruitment season in early 2007, Head Coach Eric Houle from SUU found Cam’s information online and was impressed by his athleticism. Coach Houle was able to offer him a significant scholarship which brought him to SUU.
While at the university, Cam had to balance his major in physical education with an emphasis in exercise science while being on both the cross country team and the track & field team. He was a valuable asset to both teams, but ended up giving all of his attention to the track & field team, elevating it to new heights. Levins was SUU’s first track & field champion, as well as the school’s first recipient of the Bowerman Award, given annually by the NCAA to the most outstanding track & field athlete of the year.
On July 7th, Cam will be competing in the Canadian Track & Field Championship and Olympic Trials, hoping to qualify for the Olympics for the second time in a row- a feat that not many people can say they have accomplished. “It’s certainly exciting to be a strong candidate to make my second Olympic team and I relish any chance to represent Canada,” said Levins. “The experience of having previously competed, I think, puts me in a much stronger position to medal; that is really my main objective.”
Check out these websites and accounts to stay up to date with all of the latest Cam Levins information:
- Cam Levins Olympic page: http://olympic.ca/team-canada/cameron-levins/
- Cam Levins’ Twitter account: @CamLevins (https://twitter.com/CamLevins)
- Canadian Track & Field official page: http://athletics.ca/championnat/olympic-paralympic-trials/#sthash.FICbGxuq.VI0qnGET.dpbs
- The Oregon Project: http://nikeoregonproject.com/pages/cam-levins