thought to myself ‘I bet the Canadian anthem would sound a whole lot better from the
“It’s a pretty electrifying feeling, it’s very wholebody, it’s like your whole system just lights up like a Christmas tree.” Canadian javelin thrower Elizabeth Gleadle
podium if I was on it,’ so that inspired me to throw better.”
As the crowd of several thousand at the new stadium at York University clapped in unison, Gleadle was overcome with emotion.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling,” she said. “When everyone in the crowd is looking at you, and everyone is expecting you to perform, and you know that 95 per cent of the people in the crowd are truly rooting for you to do well. . . It’s a pretty electrifying feeling, it’s very wholebody, it’s like your whole system just lights up like a Christmas tree.”
The six-foot-one athlete first chucked a javelin in her Grade 8 gym class.
“I was the only kid in my class who didn’t hit myself in the back of the head. I’m not kidding. I was OK, it stuck in the ground, it went straight.
“And my teacher was like ‘Oh you should throw javelin, you’re tall, that might work,”‘ said Gleadle, who was six feet tall by the time she was 16.
Canada’s Shawnacy Barber competes in the men’s pole vault at the Pan American Games in Toronto on Tuesday. Barber won the gold medal.