Rookie prepa­ra­tions

Host Sum­mer Games ath­let­ics team readys for bat­tle

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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.

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