By Darryl G. Smart
Like many athletes, the last 18 months or so haven’t been easy. But when given the opportunity, Josh Linington took full advantage.
The Brantford Track & Field Club athlete had a huge day at the U20 Ontario Track & Field Championships on Sunday in Toronto.Linington heaved his 6kg hammer 55.84m to capture gold in the hammer throw event.
“This medal really does mean a lot,” Linington said. “With the season we all had, we weren’t able to train with the club until early June, so we had very little time to prepare. Once we were able to train we really hit the ground running.”
Even if it meant getting in the car and going anywhere he could to throw.
“We were at almost every meet we could find, so most weekends we were driving to Niagara, or Hamilton, or even Pickering to throw anything we could get our hands on,” Linington said. “This medal was a nice payout for all the time we put in over the last two months and the struggle we all faced trying to train over the pandemic. Now I have a little time to rest and recover before we set our sights on a big indoor season.”
Linington wasn’t the only Brantford Track & Field Club member that visited the podium on the weekend.
Kenzie Campbell also had a great weekend in the hammer throw, earning a silver medal. But it didn’t come easy.
After opening up with a double fault Campbell dug deep and was able to sneak into the final on her third attempt. After that she unloaded a 52.96m toss to get into second place where she stayed.
Toren Burr rounded out a great weekend for the Brantford Track & Field Club throwers with a silver medal performance in the 800g javelin.
Burr broke out with a 58m throw to earn the silver medal, eclipsing his nearest rival by four metres.