I love to throw things! Heavy things! It wasn't always that way though. When I was 12, I joined the St. Thomas Legion Track & Field Club because I wanted to improve in the high jump. After a couple of development camps where I got to try all the different events I really connected with the throws. In the throws events, as in every track and field event, you are not only competing against others, but first and foremost you compete against yourself. You are always reaching for that new personal best - that further distance.
In 2012, our club brought in Josh Archer as our throws coach.Since Josh and I have being working together, I have been throwing further than I ever thought possible and want to continue to compete at the highest level possible. Under Josh's guidance I have competed and excelled at all levels from high school where I hold 8 out of the 9 high school throws records and have won 4 OFSAA gold and 1 OFSAA silver medal, to provincially, where I have set numerous provincial records in hammer throw and weight throw and won several provincial championships, to nationally where I have won a total of 7 medals in 3 years with the highlight being my national gold in the hammer throw this past summer in Langley, BC.
I know I have a lot more in me and want to take my throwing to the highest level possible. My coach has put together a two year training plan for me that has several milestones I am determined to reach including winning gold in weight throw and medaling in shot put at the Hershey Canadian Infoor Championships in Montreal in February 2015, a March Break training camp in March 2015, qualifying in hammer throw and shot put and medaling for Team Canada at the Pan American Junior Games in Edmonton in August 2015, ultimately representing Canada in front of the entire world at the 2016 World Junior Track and Field Championships in Kazan Russia.
I am also a peer coach for the Parkside Collegiate track and field team, where I get the opportunity to help our up and coming high school throwers learn, develop, and succeed in high school track. I also love to go to local kids sports camps and share my experiences with them and demonstrate some of the throws that I compete in. There is a unique brotherhood and sisterhood amongst throwers which is probably one the of the things I enjoy the most - encouraging fellow throwers to reach new distances, even if it's further than your own.
As you can see, I have some big plans for 2015 that will have some significant costs attached to them. My father works three jobs - helping homeless youth at our local YFC Centre, overnight support staff at a local group home supporting 3 men with exceptional needs, and a guest preacher to many local rural congregations. My mother is an Educational Assistant who works with children with exceptional needs in a local elementary school. They have both worked hard, with support from some extended family at times, to make it possible for me to train, travel, and compete at the level I do. This year,will require more resources, as it will involve travel to Windsor, Toronto several times, Montreal, Edmonton twice. Resources my parents wish they had but don't. That is where you come in.
Your partnership with me, and financial support, will help me to reach all of these milestones and have the honour of wearing the colours of Canada doing some I love to do!
$1400 Competitions (with travel expenses)
$1000 March Break Training Camp
$700 Club Fees $400 Competition/Training equipment (shoes,gloves, training gear)
$500 Miscellaneous (massage therapy, nutrition, insurance)
In the past, my parents have worked hard to pay most of my expenses with help from some extended family from time to time but I am at a whole new level this season. I have raised some money myself by detailing cars, mowing lawns, shoveling driveways, and babysitting.