Candesha Scott/D Greenaway

Candesha Scott/D Greenaway

by Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, January 13, 2016 – She turned 19 today (Wednesday) but is reserving celebrations for another occasion – CARIFTA Games 2016 in Grenada.

Candesha Scott has set sights on continuing the Grenadian tradition of medalling in the Javelin event at the junior track and field championships.

Injury prevented the former St David’s Catholic Secondary School (SDCSS) student from achieving her targets in preceding years but reached the podium in Basseterre, St Kitts last year. She was the bronze medallist in the Girls’ Under-20 category with a personal best of 45.58 metres behind Isheeka Binns of Jamaica with a Championship Record of 49.72m and Ayesha Champagnie also of Jamaica (47.51m).

The Javelin throw is becoming a highly competitive event in both genders and Scott will have to be closer to the 50m mark to touch the gold medal.

“At this point I’m at around 46m but I’m waiting on our next competition to see my progress,” she told GrenadaSports in an interview.

“My target for 2016 is to claim the gold medal in the javelin event with a record-breaking throw over 50 metres and qualify for world juniors (IAAF World Junior Championships).”

The soft-spoken Scott is a regular feature at the La Sagesse Playing Field where she trains under the watchful eye of coach Paul Phillip and the Track Blazers Athletics Club of St David.

“I have been building my strength in the first phase of my training with plenty of squats, pull overs, bench press. It also involves some throwing days in between, to keep my technique in line,” she said.

The La Femme resident is eager to compete at this level in front of local fans in her final year of competition at the CARIFTA Games.

“Competing infront of home fans will be a pleasure knowing that I have almost my whole country looking and cheering for me will definitely motivate and give me the drive to accomplish what I have to,” she added.

The multi-talented Scott switched to track and field after trying her talents in football, basketball and volleyball in inter-secondary school competitions. She played point guard in basketball and as a striker for her football team.

The CARIFTA Games 2016 will be staged at the National Stadium in St George’s from March 26-28, with more than 600 athletes from the region in competition.

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