Javelin sensation Alex Pascal has wrapped up his track season and fully deserves a break after 15 months of hard work.
It all started at the CARIFTA Games in Montego Bay, Jamaica, last April 2011. Then he went to the World Youth Championship in Lille, France Lille before the Pan Am Junior Championship in the United States.
Then the 17-year-old UCCI student went to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Douglas, the Isle of Man in the United States. The CUC track meet got his competitive juices going again at the start of this year along with some other local meets.
Intensive training in Cuba was fitted in a couple of times. The ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando came in March before the CARIFTA Games in Bermuda over the Easter weekend.
The Tampa BAYTAF followed by the Cayman Islands national championships in June when he threw a new national record of 69.17 metres. His last assignment was three weeks ago at the Junior CAC Games in El Salvador where Pascal came a credible second.
It was finally topped off with the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, last weekend when Pascal placed 19th out of 46 overall and second-best Caribbean and North America thrower behind the formidable Trinidadian Kershon Walcott.
After Pascal came back from the Junior CAC Games, he took ill which took quite a bit out of him before leading up to the worlds, but nevertheless, was still able to throw 67.41m, just missing the finals by a metre. Only Keshorn Walcott of the Caribbean throwers made the final and went on to win.
During his break Pascal may take up karate again at Purple Dragon where he left as a brown belt, just to keep his fitness intact till he is ready to train for the new track season.
When Pascal returns to training he hopes to have a full time javelin specialist coach and new training programme.
Or even better, maybe off to a university on a scholarship, where he will get the best of both worlds – academic and coaching – as next year is going to be another busy season for him.
His father Richard said: “Gods willing, his first big event will be the 2013 CARIFTA Games in Bermuda which will be his last time there. Then there are the Island Games in Bermuda.
“Alex and I want to say a big thank you to the media for their support over the years. And big thanks too to Dalton Walter, Ernest amd Bruce at Body Sculptor gym, CUC, Ryan Haylock, Jerry Harper, Mitchum Sanford, John Paul, David Berry, coach Tyrone Yen, coach Kenrick Williams, Elizabeth Ibeh and the public for their support.
“Through much hard work and training, Alex has demonstrated that he has the potential to be extremely competitive in the international arena, for not having a throwing coach.”