Ner­vous but ex­cited

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Each ath­lete is per­mit­ted to par­take in only three events.

Nowak has not de­cided be­tween the hur­dles or the long jump be­cause un­til re­cently the track was still be­ing read­ied to wel­come the rest of the prov­ince.

Most ex­pe­ri­enced

The host squad’s most ex­pe­ri­enced mem­ber would be 100m, 200m dash and 200m hur­dle par­tic­i­pant El­iz­a­beth Hicks.

She has been run­ning track for the past three years.

“I’ve been out three times a week with the team prac­tic­ing for the 100 and the 200,” said Hicks.

She suf­fers from the same af­flic­tion that has pre­vented Nowak from get­ting his feet wet in the hur­dles and long jump, lack of a train­ing fa­cil­ity due to track con­struc­tion in Car­bon­ear.

Hicks said he hopes the lack of train­ing will not hurt her chances in the event.

“We’ll see how it goes,” she said. “It’s a new event for me, but when the track is fin­ished, I’m go­ing to be up there ev­ery­day.”

Hav­ing a fa­mil­iar­ity with the track has given Hicks some level of se­cu­rity head­ing into the Games, but she is still ner­vous.

“It de­pends on who comes,” she said. “Any­one could show up and be awe­some.”

Coach’s words

Head coach Cathie Hicks said her young charges are round­ing into form de­spite “it be­ing the first time for a lot of them in track and field.”

“It’s been pretty good,” she said.

Like most of the host teams in these Games, a lack of ath­letes has af­fected the ath­let­ics team.

“I would’ve like to have one more se­nior girl in the 17-18 cat­e­gory and one more older boy,” said Cathie. “As it turns out, we got peo­ple from out­side Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace.”

The coach said while she is aware of the com­pe­ti­tion com­ing from Stephenville, St. John’s and Mount Pearl, ath­letes com­ing from cen­tral are a com­plete mys­tery.

“I have no idea about who’s com­ing,” she said.

Even with the un­known, Cathie said she is ex­cited to get go­ing.

“I’m ex­cited for them to do their best,” she said.


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