HIGHLAND GAMES CHAMP TAKING A SHOT AT JEROME MEET
RICHMOND—He has never thrown a shot put in competition but he has thrown a 16-pound Open stone and a 22-pound Braemer stone, a 16 and 22-pound hammer and lifted and thrown a 22-foot, 95 pound Caber, those and a few others over a day-long 8-9 events.
And now he wants to compete in just one event, the shot put at the fifth annual Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Indoor track and field meet Saturday, February 7 at Richmond Olympic Oval.
He is Langley’s Joshua Goldthorp, the 2010 Scottish Heavy Events amateur Canadian champion. He also won the Junior Canadian championship in 2007, setting four national records. He is also the reigning BC champion,
So why would this 26-year-old 6-feet-4, 270 pound Highland Games champion suddenly decide to step away from his chosen athletic endeavours and come inside to compete in the Jerome meet.
“I started training Olympic style shot on my own last year,” he said, “because I had a lot of fellow competitors in the Highland Games that came from a shot put background and it seemed to help them a lot when it came to our style of shot, the stone put. Since then I’ve made it a regular part of my throwing routine,”
Born in Grand Cache, Alberta, Goldthorp has no idea what distances his practice throws consist of but says whatever his best throw with the 16-pound shot at the Jerome will become his personal best. The Open meet men’s shot put record is 12.73 metres ( 41’ 9” ) set by Kelowna’s James Turner is 2011.
It should be an interesting event.
Oh yes, Goldthorp says he will not be wearing his kilt for this event.
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