Javian Edwards went to the Japanese Athletics Championships at Nationwide Stadium final week Tuesday with three clear targets – win the boys’ javelin Open, break the report, and qualify for the Inter-secondary Faculties Sports activities Affiliation/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Women’ Athletics Championships.
The Oberlin Excessive Faculty scholar achieved all three targets together with his first throw at Japanese Champs as his 53.20m effort shattered the report of 52.33m set by Raymond Richards of Buff Bay Excessive a yr in the past and successfully received him the occasion, whereas the space achieved vaulted him into the highest six within the occasion heading into Champs.
Issues had been completely different a yr in the past for Edwards as his dream of profitable the javelin occasion was snatched away from him with the final throw.
“I used to be the primary to interrupt the report then Raymond (Richards) broke it on his ultimate throw.”
However his tormentor would turn into is mentor and helped to arrange him for an additional assault on the report final week.
“Sure, I dreamt of breaking the report once more and Raymond was part of it, he motivated me day by day to interrupt the report,” stated Edwards.
Conditioned by Tamara Williams-Gayle, Edwards was pleased to ship for his beloved coach and preserve a promise made to his good buddy.
“I’m 100 per cent happy with my efficiency as a result of I gave my coach what she wished and I additionally fulfilled a promise to my buddy. I promised (Raymond) from the primary time that Japanese Champs was postponed, that I might break the report.”
There was a little bit little bit of disappointment for the ultimate yr scholar nonetheless as having damaged the report with solely his first throw, he wished to do it once more.
“I wished to interrupt the report once more very badly. I’m a bit disillusioned, however not quite a bit, as a result of not lots of people can say they maintain a report, so I’ve to be grateful.”
However Edwards is a dreamer and and he’s decided to make all his goals come true.
“To be sincere, what I completed at Japanese Champs has performed quite a bit for me as a result of to see myself on the tv is part of my dream, however not simply within the Oberlin colors, however within the nationwide colors as properly, so I wish to take this chance to chase that dream.”
Edwards stays stage headed about what Champs could deliver.
“I do know that profitable at Champs might be very, very troublesome, so I’m hoping that no matter I obtain will help me to safe a scholarship abroad. My destiny lies at Champs and I might be giving it the whole lot that I’ve,” he famous.
Apparently, his athletic profession started on the observe earlier than he by accident switched to the sector, and the remaining, as they are saying, is historical past.
“Earlier than I began throwing the javelin, I used to run the 200m as a result of I had a love for it. However at some point at coaching, I went to the weights room and I noticed the javelin, so I picked it up and began throwing it.
“At the moment Everton Leslie was the coach and that yr I threw 43metres the primary time I competed, so from then on I developed a love for the javelin.”
Edwards is grateful for what coach Williams-Gayle has performed for him which extends past the coaching floor.
“She has helped me quite a bit. She is the one which believes in me essentially the most. She sees issues that I have not seen. My coach is my second mom in observe and discipline,” he stated.
Armed with robust self-belief and steely dedication, Edwards is aiming to make his one and solely probability depend, with absolute certainty.
“I’ve tried to make it many instances, however I by no means competed at Champs earlier than. That is my final probability and my first alternative.
“I do not know what’s going to occur at Champs, however I’ve to have religion and perception, however from this finish, something is feasible,” he concluded.
Edwards is one in every of 5 athletes who will characterize Oberlin Excessive at this yr’s championships.
– Dwayne Richards