Published on August 13, 2013
Wolfville's David Bambrick, left, and Chelsea Whalen, right, pose with their coach, Steve Wohlmuth, from the Launchers Athletics Club in Port Williams, following a victorious day at the Canada Games. Bambrick won bronze in para shot put, while Whalen won gold in the women's shot put. - Submitted
Published on August 14, 2013
Chelsea Whalen, who trains with the Launchers Athletics in Port Williams, proudly holds up her gold medal for women's shot put at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Photo credit: Communications Nova Scotia/Len Wagg
The moment Chelsea Whalen let the shot put go on Tuesday, she knew she had a good throw. And while her 15.54 metre throw wasn’t a personal best for the 20-year-old, it was enough to capture a gold medal at the Canada Games.
“It felt awesome,” she said. “I’ve been working towards it a long time.”
Whalen, who resides in Liverpool, has trained under coach Steve Wohlmuth at the Launchers Athletics in Port Williams for the past eight years, since she was in Grade 8. The long trip to the Valley for practices is worth it, she says, because of her passion for the sport.
“I picked it up in middle school and continued in high school. I started having more and more fun with it and going to national and international competitions,” she said.
The Canada Games, she says, is a springboard to furthering her involvement in the sport.
“The Canada Games opens a lot of doors for me. I’ll start here, and you never know where it’ll take you,” she said.
The ultimate goal, however, is competing in the Olympics.
“This level of play helps prepare me for that,” she said.
Whalen still has one more event to go. On Friday, she’ll compete in female javelin. She spent Wednesday practicing for the javelin event and will spend Thursday resting and mentally preparing for the competition.
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“I’m hoping to medal again – I’m seeded second, so hopefully, I’ll do well,” she said.
Along with her parents, her coach is with Whalen in Sherbrooke, Que., at the Canada Games.
“She’s not done yet,” said Wohlmuth. “We’re relishing her achievements, we’re excited about where we are, but at the same time, we still have goals.”
It’s been a long season, Wohlmuth said, and for most of these competitors, the Canada Games will cap it off.
“We’ll have to see how much gas is left in the tank,” he said.
Having the support from home makes a big difference to Whalen.
“I really have to thank everybody who has been behind me, the Valley has really been behind me, and Steve,” she said.
Whalen will compete at 9:15 p.m. on Friday.
Whalen isn’t the only Launcher to do well at the Games; Gaspereau native David Bambrick won a bronze in para shot put on Aug. 12 as well. He, too, has one more event to compete in this week; he’ll try his hand at para discus on Friday, with competition beginning at 7 p.m.