Host Summer Games athletics team readys for battle
For the athletes with the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games host squad, sports like the javelin, shot put and 100- metre dash are a lot like learning how to ride a bike for the first time.
They’ve never done it before, and they are excited to give it a try.
Athletes Nick Rossiter and Todd Nowak are two of the athletes who were putting together solid practice showings when The Compass dropped in on practice at St. Francis field in Harbour Grace last week.
“I watched YouTube videos to prepare,” said Rossiter before unleashing the shot put.
He will also be competing in the javelin and long jump events.
Rossiter, in the last year of eligibility, said his age was partly the reason for his entering into uncharted athletic territory. At 18, he would be too old to compete next year. What is the other reason? “It’s the opportunity to repre- sent my hometown,” he said. “I’ve never been to the Summer Games before and it’s my opportunity to try it out.”
Rossiter said he expects to perform the strongest in the javelin and judging by his tosses, he’d be correct.
Nowak will also be competing for the first time in the athletics portion of the Games, which takes place Aug. 22-25 at Pike’s Field in Carbonear.
A teacher of his at Carbonear Collegiate, David Kennedy, spurned him on to take part in the Games.
“He said it was my last year and I went for it,” said Nowak.
The 17-year-old Carbonear resident will be taking part in the high jump, which he feels he is the best in, the javelin and either the hurdles or the long jump.