Alex Rawding is within reach of the overall series championship entering the final meet of the 2013 JumpStart Athletics throwing series this Saturday in Port Williams. (File)
Moments after leaving the podium Friday evening, Greenwood’s Alex Rawdings was still speechless after winning a gold medal at the 2013 Legion Canadian Youth Championships.
Rawding, 17, was competing at the event in Langley, B.C., and threw a discus 51.29 metres to claim the medal.
“It’s pretty surreal,” he said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet.”
Rawding, who has previous experience in national competition, is a thrower, specializing in discus and shot put.
“I knew, coming into the competition, that I was ranked in the top five,” he said. “I hit a perfect throw.”
Rawding, who trains with the Launchers Athletics in Port Williams under the direction of Steve Wohlmouth, has been doing well in competitions all year and, after last week’s Corn Boil Open, came second for the 2013 season in the Jump Start Athletics series.
The competition will wrap up the year for Rawding, who has been competing since middle school. In September, he’ll enter Grade 12 at West Kings.
“I just fell in love with it,” he said.
This is his second year at nationals, which Rawding said helped prepare him for the level of play he faced Aug. 9.
“I’d been doing well in big competitions – coming out with 47 metres – and I knew competition here would be tough,” he said.
“It’s pretty amazing, everyone is so skilled and everyone was so close. There were 50s, 49s, and I had 51 to win it. It’s unbelievable, I’m just speechless.”
Although his parents couldn’t attend the Legion competition due to the cost associated with travelling to British Columbia, Rawding said they were thrilled with his win.
“I called them after the event and they were screaming on the phone,” said the new U18 champ. “The support from Team Nova Scotia was fantastic as well.”
The Greenwood resident was one of three local athletes chosen for the Legion meet, which began Aug. 9 and runs until Aug. 11. Tim Longley of Kentville and Owen Hebb of Billtown are also competing for Nova Scotia at the event.