David Bambrick shows off his bronze medal in para shot put. - Submitted
David Bambrick went two for two at the Canada Games.
The Gaspereau native won a second bronze medal Friday after throwing a discus 31.25 metres in the men’s para discus competition.
As Bambrick took a break from signing autographs for a brief phone interview, he said this was one of the best feelings in the world.
“It’s kind of an awesome feeling to get a medal and stand on podium with the Nova Scotia flag on your back,” he said.
The achievement is significant for Bambrick, who just began training in the sport a month ago.
“It’s one of those things I wanted to do second event, and discus just worked out well,” he said. “It’s still got some growing pains, it’s still in diapers, but over the winter, Steve and I and a personal trainer Acadia are going to work on it for my second event.”
When Bambrick went to the Games, he was hoping to do well, but wasn’t expecting a third-place finish.
“I just started doing disc about a month ago. Wanted to come here get a new personal best, but to get another bronze medal for the province is amazing,” Bambrick said.
The throw, says his coach, Steve Wohlmuth with the Launchers Athletics in Port Williams, is more than just a small improvement. Previously, Bambrick’s best throw was 27.9 metres.
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“It’s a personal best by almost four metres. He had to do all of that to get on the podium,” Wohlmuth said. “I’m very proud. He did his best on a day when it meant the most.”
The support from home means a lot to Bambrick. One of his friends from Acadia lives in Quebec and travelled to Sherbrooke to cheer him on. Moments after leaving the podium, he was talking to his parents in Gaspereau, who watched him compete online.
“It’s awesome support from home. I was just talking to my parents, they were watching on the Canada Games website, people been calling my mom calling my dad, I’ve just gotten great support from the Valley,” he added.
The win represents Bambrick’s second bronze medal at the Games. On Aug. 13, he won another bronze in his main event, para shot put. The experience has been more than he ever dreamed of, he says, and it’s “just awesome” to win medals for Nova Scotia.
“It’s everything, it’s more. I’ve never been on a real team before and the atmosphere here is awesome, just being around everyone. There were athletes that I knew of, but didn’t know when I came. I came in as stranger, but came out as friend.”