Joseph makes gi­ant leaps on the track

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

A record-break­ing sum­mer track and field per­for­mance gar­nered a pres­ti­gious award for Swift Cur­rent’s Scott Joseph.

The 17-year-old was re­cently named the Bob Adams Foun­da­tion U18 Male (Field) Ath­lete of the Year at an awards ban­quet in Saskatoon on Oct. 27.

“At first I was shocked and then I re­al­ized I kind of worked hard for it, so I am proud of my­self for that. I thought of my coaches for help­ing me to get there. It was a pretty great feel­ing,” said Joseph.

“Scott had a phe­nom­e­nal out­door track and field sea­son. His sum­mer was filled with per­sonal best and record-break­ing per­for­mances. He is a great ath­lete who still has a lot of room to im­prove,” noted Swift Cur­rent Comp. track and field coach Mandi Tu­plin.

The 6’4’’ Joseph had an in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance at the Tri-prov­ince Meet in Sher­wood Park on July 27-29 while com­pet­ing for Team Saskatchewan.

“I was ner­vous hon­estly be­cause I was com­pet­ing against the tough­est peo­ple from other places,” ad­mit­ted Joseph. “I was scared at first un­til I called my friend and he told me that this was mine and I had to do what­ever I can. That’s what I did, I tried my best and I got a per­sonal best in Long Jump.”

He broke the meet record in the Long Jump when he reached a per­sonal best of 6.63 me­tres.

His record break­ing per­for­mance was over one me­tre fur­ther than his 5.56 me­tres ef­fort at High School Provin­cials, where he fin­ished 10th over­all.

“I just felt like at Provin­cials I just didn’t have a good day, prob­a­bly didn’t stretch enough I’m think­ing. I prac­ticed more af­ter that. I just prac­ticed more over the sum­mer and I think that’s where it came from.”

Joseph also won sil­ver in the Triple Jump when he reached 14.00 Me­tres to pass the pre­vi­ous meet record. He was fifth in the 200 Me­tres in 23.36 sec­onds and was sixth in the 100 Me­tre Dash Pre­lim­i­nar­ies.

Joseph be­lieves that Triple Jump is still his best event.

“I don’t have the steps yet, but I would say Triple Jump is my best event.”

“I be­lieve Scott can be the best triple jumper in the coun­try. There are still skills he needs to im­prove and if he chooses to work at that he will go very far in the sport,” said Tu­plin.

Joseph was born and raised in Niger and moved to Canada in 2011. His fam­ily re­lo­cated from Win­nipeg to Swift Cur­rent in grade 10. He fol­lows the track and field world through Youtube and looks up to Usain Bolt and Amer­i­can Triple Jumper Chris­tian Tay­lor, the reign­ing Olympic and World Cham­pion.

Joseph is also a mem­ber of the Colts Soc­cer and Colts Bas­ket­ball teams, but he knows that his fu­ture is on the track. He has some uni­ver­sity of­fers al­ready but has not made any com­mit­ments to where he will study Ed­u­ca­tion and com­pete in Track and Field.

Be­fore he does that though, he still has one more sea­son to com­pete for the Colts Track and Field team. Last sea­son, he fin­ished sec­ond in the Ju­nior Boys ag­gre­gate stand­ings at Provin­cials. He won the Triple Jump and 100 Me­tres, was third in the 200 Me­tres, and 10th in the Long Jump, leav­ing room for im­prove­ment in his fi­nal year of el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Joseph is also hop­ing to com­pete at the 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games in Swift Cur­rent next sum­mer.

“Hon­estly it would be amaz­ing to com­pete in my home town. It would be great,” he said.

SCOTT AN­DER­SON/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER FILE PHOTO

Scott Joseph was named the Bob Adams Foun­da­tion U18 Male (Field) Ath­lete of the Year af­ter an out­stand­ing sum­mer track and field sea­son.

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