Teenage javelin sensation Alex Pascal has settled quickly at his new school in Florida and is enthusiastic about his academic and sporting prospects there.
Pascal went to Florida Air Academy last month to finish his last year in high school. His father Richard said: “At times Alex gets a bit homesick, but nevertheless has settled in and has made great progress in his classes.
“The new school is fantastic. Alex is so excited and happy to be starting the new chapter in his life. It is a military school which is a typical college-preparatory, disciplined educational environment for young people who may, or may not, be considering a career in the military. While such schools traditionally have been open only to boys, many have admitted in recent years to girls as well.”
Pascal, who turns 18 on Wednesday, has homework every day for all six of his core classes and from 6.30-9.30pm does his homework and has to study the same time, which was a bit challenging at first. He also does plenty of community service there, such as feeding the homeless.
“It has taught him something and given him experience and knowledge, which I encourage him to do to keep getting involved in and applaud him for his efforts,” said Richard.
“Already there are coaches and universities monitoring his progress, because once he meets the NCAA requirements they will be flying in or flying him out to meet with them. All the same, it’s been a lot of work, keeping involved with his progress such as his training, academic, communicating with schools, coaches, researching and planning.
“I’ve just got back from Cuba, meeting with his coach over there. He expressed how badly he wants to work with Alex, and wants him to stay with his family at his home. This way he can work with him better. I visited his home and showed me the room he has ready for Alex to stay in, which is all in a good environment, five minutes walk to training sites.”
Pascal is a coveted athlete because he was second in regional rankings last season only to Keshorn Walcott, the Trinidadian who unexpectedly won Olympic javelin gold, aged 19, at the London Games in August. The general perception is that Pascal has just as much potential.
“With the support and assistance from the president of the Cayman Islands Amateur Association, Dalton Walter, our plan is to fly Alex up to Cuba in November and December, when he gets his first breaks from school, for some intense training which will help prepare him for the 2013 CARIFTA Games in Bermuda.”
Richard also said he has a friend in Europe who has invited Alex over to Finland, where javelin is a national obsession, with coaches all over the place. “So anytime he wants to go there he has a place to stay.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Ministry of Health, Environment,Youth, Sports & Culture, The Ministry of Education, Training & Employment, and the Young Nation-Builders Programmer and Dalton Walter and your paper.
“We also thank the coaches William and Tyrone, Jerry Harper and the public for the their support. Hopefully, God willing, Alex one day can make us Caymanians very proud, once we can all stand behind him and any others athletes that are there doing the same.”
Pascal is a coveted athlete because he was second in regional rankings last season only to Keshorn Walcott, the Trinidadian who unexpectedly won Olympic javelin gold, aged 19, at the London Games in August.