Joseph jumps to dou­ble gold at WCSG

The Southwest Booster - - Farm Ranch - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

It was a sto­ry­book end­ing to Scott Joseph’s home­town track and field ca­reer as he won two gold and one sil­ver medal at the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games in Swift Cur­rent.

Joseph left an en­dur­ing mem­ory on his home track on Satur­day when he came from well out of the medals to win the Long Jump on his fi­nal at­tempt with a 6.55-me­tre ef­fort to clinch his third medal.

“It feels good,” said Joseph of his sec­ond gold medal. “Hon­estly I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it af­ter my cou­ple at­tempts. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to get gold.”

“I was just think­ing run it through, it doesn’t mat­ter if I fault or not, at least I know I tried. Just run through and jump it, that’s what was go­ing through my head,” he said of his fi­nal at­tempt.

Joseph had won a pair of medals only min­utes apart on Thurs­day evening.

He opened his Games with a gold medal in the Triple Jump with a top leap of 13.88 me­tres.

“It felt re­ally good. At first I was kind of frus­trated. I got my coaches to get me in the right mind­set. It was re­ally good that they helped me get through it.”

Joseph said he was un­sure how he would fare in the Triple Jump.

“Hon­estly I didn’t have that con­fi­dence. I wish I did, but know­ing that I won it ac­tu­ally makes me feel good. It just makes me feel that I need to be more con­fi­dent in my­self.”

He was third head­ing into the Fi­nals and reg­is­tered his medal­win­ning jump on his sec­ond last at­tempt to edge team­mate Lo­gan Fettes, who came in at 13.72 me­tres.

“I was just think­ing jump it be­cause I was just fault­ing, fault­ing. It doesn’t mat­ter if I fault, I still know I tried,” he said of his fi­nal two jumps.

Only min­utes later, Joseph ran the open­ing leg of the 4×100 Me­tre Re­lay as Saskatchew­an placed sec­ond in 41.29 sec­onds, just be­hind Al­berta’s 41.12 sec­onds.

“That was re­ally sur­pris­ing. I know I was pretty tired from the Triple Jump and had to go straight away for the re­lay. I just had to give all I had know­ing that it was the last event of the day. I am very happy we got a sil­ver, that’s pretty good.”

Joseph had a large con­tin­gent of fans at his home track to watch him com­pete.

“I am very hum­bled hon­estly hav­ing friends and fam­ily cheer­ing me on. It re­ally means a lot to me,” he said. “It was re­ally good be­cause you could hear the crowd cheer­ing. I am very hum­bled by that too as well. It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I thank them for com­ing and cheer­ing.”

Joseph said the over­all Games ex­pe­ri­ence would be a mem­o­rable one.

“This was my first time be­ing at the Games and it feels re­ally good. It was the first time com­pet­ing against peo­ple older than me. Know­ing that I can do this kind of stuff makes me feel re­ally good about my­self. It’s a re­ally good com­pe­ti­tion and know­ing where I am stand­ing with these guys be­cause these guys are re­ally tough and push­ing me. It just feels amaz­ing.”

Joseph was com­pet­ing against ath­letes over two years older than him­self as he does not turn 18 un­til late Septem­ber. He will be run­ning and jump­ing for the Univer­sity of Regina Cougars in just a few months.

“It gives me an idea of where I’m stand­ing at and where I need to im­prove. I like that I am the youngest and I am com­pet­ing against older peo­ple with more ex­pe­ri­ence.”

His gold medal win­ning jump on Satur­day was also a bit­ter­sweet mo­ment for the thought­ful 17-year-old.

“That’s kind of sad though. This is where I started track and this is where I kind of fin­ished it for my three years. I am go­ing to miss this place. I might come back and just watch a cou­ple kids, my sis­ter com­pete. I am go­ing to miss this place, com­pet­ing on this track. I am go­ing to miss my coaches def­i­nitely too.”

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Scott Joseph sailed 13.88 me­tres to win gold in Triple Jump at the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games in Swift Cur­rent.

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