MASON Michael < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 30 Sep 1986 in New Westminster, CAN
Height1.86 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Human Movement Studies - University of British Columbia: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up athletics at age 10.
Why this sport? He was inspired to take up the sport after his classmate brought her medals to class, and it was her brother who showed him how to arch his back over a high jump bar in one of his first practices.
Name of coach Jeff Huntoon
General Interest
Nicknames Mike (olympic.ca, 01 Aug 2015)
Injuries In December 2010 he underwent surgery to remove a bone chip in the ankle of his take off foot. It took him a year to recover. (olympic.ca, Aug 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He collects fridge magnets or Christmas tree ornaments when he travels. (olympic.ca, 01 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you." (olympic.ca, 01 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours He received the 2012 Harry Jerome Comeback Award from Sport British Columbia in Canada, which is given to an amateur athlete who demonstrated great perseverance in the face of adversity. (sportbc.com, 04 Feb 2013)

He was named the 2012 Outstanding Senior Male Athlete by Valley Royals Track and Field Club in Canada. (valleyroyals.org, 14 Feb 2013)
Other information FRIENDS AND RIVALS
He has acted as a mentor to fellow Canadian high jumper Django Lovett over the years, but the relationship between the pair has had to change as Lovett's performances have improved. "We're very similar. It's easy to be friends. He's done very well and had some huge improvements. Now it's more like a good, healthy competitive vibe [between them]. I want to pass on what I know, but you reach a point, you've got to watch out for yourself and you've got to be competitive. That's what it's about. There's got to be a boundary at a certain limit and I think we've reached that limit. It's good. It's very healthy," Mason said. (torontosun.com, 26 Jul 2019)