Julie Kawai Herdman is just starting to move forward in her quest to return to the sport she loves after almost a year of recovery from a devastating injury. 12 months ago she was ready to compete for a spot on the Canadian team to the Commonwealth Youth Championships in Nassau last summer.
But this was not to be. Swelling and pain in her knee were diagnosed as osteochondritis dissecans. This rare condition required surgery to replace a cartilage divot to the upper surface of the joint. She has undergone extensive physiotherapy and gradual return to training for the multi-events, her specialty.
Steve Ewen of The Province reported Kwai Herdman is one of three 2000-born BC athletes who are part of Athletics Canada’s NextGen program which according to the association’s website,”identifies and develops athletes to sustainable and repeatable podium performances at World Championship and Olympic Games 2020 and beyond” She is joined by middle distance runner Madison Heisterman, who attends Mill Bay’s Brentwood College and Semiahmoo high jumper, Alexa Propaczy
Athletics Canada recently announce that New Westminster’s Nina Schultz will be on Canada’s team to the Commonwealth Games this April in the Gold Coast, Australia in the heptathlon. Nina is now a sophomore at Kansas State University. She had been a regular performer at the Harry Jerome Indoor Games presented by TELUS and been a role model for younger athletes like Julie Kawai Herdman.
Julie Kawai Herdman made a start in Seattle last weekend with a high jump of 1.55m compared to her personal best of 1.71m. Can Julie continue to improve in the heptathlon to represent Canada in the years to come? At the 2018 Harry Jerome Indoor Games presented by TELUS, Julie will attempt the high jump and shot put. Is she Canada's NexGen contender in the 7 event challenge to be the best all-round athlete in the world as was done by Brianne Theisen- Eaton in the last decade?
2018 Top twenty marks for Indoor and Road marks for Canadians are rolling in after 2 week of competition across Canada and the United States.