Some­thin’ Bruin

Bi­ble Hill javelin thrower to at­tend Divi­sion 1 U.S. col­lege in Nashville

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS - BY JOEY SMITH

Mad­die Quinn will take her tal­ents south of the bor­der, be­gin­ning next fall.

Quinn, 18, will at­tend Bel­mont Univer­sity (NCAA, Divi­sion 1) in Nashville, Tenn., where she will pur­sue a de­gree in nurs­ing and throw javelin for the Bru­ins track and field team.

The Bi­ble Hill res­i­dent vis­ited the school on Nov. 25 and soon re­al­ized it was the place for her.

“It re­ally felt like home,” she said. “Every­body was su­per nice.”

Quinn, a Grade 12 stu­dent at CEC, has been a star javelin thrower since her early teens. She has at­tended mul­ti­ple high school, provin­cial and Cana­dian events with great suc­cess, in­clud­ing podium fin­ishes at four straight na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“She’s come a long way, but I think she’s got some huge po­ten­tial left and I’m ex­cited to see what she can do when she’s com­pet­ing at the Divi­sion 1 level in the states with some of the best throw­ers in North Amer­ica and around the world,” said Iain La­Pointe, who has coached Quinn for the past six years.

Quinn, who will at­tend Bel­mont on an ath­letic schol­ar­ship ($35,000 per year for four years), said the univer­sity puts a lot of time and ef­fort into de­vel­op­ing ath­letes. She said she was sold on the school af­ter meet­ing the team’s strength and con­di­tion­ing co-or­di­na­tor and throws coach Joe Fry.

“He was to­tally friendly, he was very re­spect­ful, he asked all kinds of ques­tions about Canada … and once we got into the weight room and I saw him in his coach­ing mode, he was very se­ri­ous about it, he took it very se­ri­ous and he just wants the best for his ath­letes.”

Fry said he was im­pressed by Quinn from the start and knew she’d be a great ad­di­tion to the Bel­mont track and field team.

“From the mo­ment I met her in per­son, I was like, ‘Al­right, this is a re­ally spe­cial per­son.’ She’s very easy to talk to, very en­gaged in the con­ver­sa­tion.

“I think she’ll bring a level of down-to-earth­ness to our squad. We have peo­ple from all over – from Alaska, Swe­den, from Cal­i­for­nia, from Georgia – and she’s go­ing to be a re­ally cool colour to add to that mix of peo­ple that I have on my squad, so I think she’s go­ing to com­ple­ment the cul­ture re­ally well.”

Quinn played high-level hockey grow­ing up and was a mem­ber of last year’s At­lantic fe­male mid­get AAA cham­pion North­ern Sub­way Se­lects. Now, with her fo­cus shift­ing strictly to track and field, La­Pointe said the sky’s the limit for the young thrower.

“There’s just so much po­ten­tial there; it’s just very ex­cit­ing,” he said.

Quinn ex­pects she’ll be home­sick at times in the Mu­sic City, but is look­ing for­ward to the in­de­pen­dence col­lege life of­fers and the chance to make new friends while do­ing some­thing she loves.

“It’s re­ally go­ing to be hard not go­ing home ev­ery day to see my par­ents, my lit­tle brother, be­ing an hour away from my grand­par­ents, who just love me to death; I think that will be hard. But I’m pretty so­cial so I’m sure I’ll make some friends down there.”

And be­ing a hockey fan, you can bet Quinn will make her way to Bridge­stone Arena to watch the NHL’S Preda­tors. Nashville is known as a hockey-crazed town where game ex­pe­ri­ences are like no other.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to go to the games,” she said. “Just even see­ing the arena and foot­ball sta­dium for the Ti­tans, I just got jit­ters. I was just su­per ex­cited to be around that be­cause I know foot­ball’s such a big sport down there, but for them to have a hockey team for me to go watch is just like be­ing at home.”

JOEY SMITH/TRURO NEWS

Mad­die Quinn is thrilled to be pur­su­ing a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion south of the bor­der. Quinn will at­tend Bel­mont Univer­sity in Nashville where she will work to­ward a nurs­ing de­gree and throw javelin for the Bru­ins track and field team. A let­ter of in­tent sign­ing event was held re­cently at CEC. With Mad­die are her par­ents Paul, Natasha Fraser and brother Lo­gan.

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