Pascal limbers up

Alex Pascal’s prowess as a javelin thrower has already earned him plenty of props at only 19, and this weekend he starts his season hoping to establish himself in the senior world rankings by the end of the year.

Presently training twice a day, five days a week at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Pascal opens his season in a low-key event at the Missouri Relays at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

The weather lately has not been the best for throwing, but nevertheless Pascal is making the best of it.

He plans to attend several competitions in North America, and the Missouri Relays on Saturday will be his first meet since winning the 2013 Pan Am Junior Championships in August 2013 in Medellin, Colombia, where he threw a personal best of 72.82 meters, a Cayman record.

For all his achievements last year, Pascal was voted Athlete of the Year by the Cayman Islands Amateur Athletics association.

Pascal competes in the Drake Relays in Iowa at the end of this month as part of preparations for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Under-23 in July in Kamloops, Canada,

Then he heads to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and the 2014 Senior Central American and Caribbean Games in November, in Veracruz, Mexico.

As for his schooling, according to his coach Brett Halter, all reports from the classroom where he is studying for a degree in business management have been excellent.

Pascal’s strength training is spot on and his technique has improved considerably, but he acknowledges that much more work still needs to be done.

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