Nervous but excited
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.
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.”
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.