Big throws highlighted the 5th Annual Richard Collier Big Kahuna ThrowsFest held this past Saturday at the Collier Throws Centre in Richmond, BC. Named after former KajaksTFC head coach and longtime throws coach Richard Collier, the event attracted 50+ athletes including some of Canada’s top throwers.
In the shot put, 2018 BC High School and BC U18 champion Druv Sobti finished in the top position with a personal best throw of 16.78m. Para-athletics national team members Greg Watson (KAML) and Josh Farrell (SAUG) finished the day with 14.70 and 13.38 respectively. On the women’s side, 2018 Canadian U18 team member Dolli Gabri finished with a best throw of 13.42m.
The javelin event was highlighted by Jarrett Chong (CITY), 2018 U18 national team member, with a toss of 61.00m which is his second farthest throw this season. Other strong performances in the Men’s Javelin throw included Cike Bibby (55.23m), Elliot Payne (55.93m) and Jacob Taylor (55.69). Leading the women’s side was Royal City’s Lauryn Savela (35.95m) and Liepa Bajarunas of the Coquitlam Cheetahs with a throw of 35.75m.
Some of the meet’s strongest performances were seen later in the day with the men’s hammer event. In the U18 event, Nanaimo’s Ethan Katzberg finished the day with 66.06m setting a new meet record with the 5K implement. In the U20 division, UBC’s Rowan Hamilton improved his 2019 standing with a personal best toss of 69.91m. Hamilton is a National Team hopeful for the 2019 Pan American U20 Team. Commonwealth Games finalist and NACAC bronze medalist Adam Keenan rounded out the field with a best throw of 71.45m breaking the meet and facility record.
“This event is always a great time,” said KajaksTFC head coach Garrett Collier. “It’s a chance for our great BC Throws community to come together, enjoy big throws, eat barbeque and listen to some Hawaiian music. It’s a great way to honor my father’s memory and you can feel his spirit everywhere. Our volunteers were rock stars, and our officials, as always, did a fantastic job.”
Looking forward to next year’s event, Collier added, “this is a celebration of throws, so we’re looking at ways to include more of the throwing community both within BC and the pacific northwest.”
Next up for the KajaksTFC is the 51st Annual BC Elementary Track & Field Championships being held May 24-26, 2019 at Clement Track and Collier Throws Centre. Registration for this event closes Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 11:59pm.