LOCAL TRACKSTERS SHINE
TIMMINS/The daily Press
The TimminsPorcupine Track Club had 24 members return from the Ontarion Age Group Championships in Kitchener with 11 medals, 28 top-8 placings and 31 personal bests.
Amanda Larose (1500m steeplechase,) Steve Rogers (1,500walk)and Justin Lambert-Belanger (1,500m) all retured with gold medals. Lambert-Belanger won his 1,500m event in a personal best 3:58.57.
Dominique Lambert (200m) and Rogers (pole vault) took home silver medals.
Bronze was captured by Lambert-Belanger (800m), Natasha Kullas (3000m),Lindsay Emdin (1,500m steeplechase),Remi Tremblay (300m hurdles) and Sabrina Lefort(1,500m steeplechase and 3000m).
For full results, check results page
"I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE I'M HERE"
Monday, 18 September, 2000
Daily Press, TIMMINS-
Timmins native Jason Gervais is with the rest of the Canadian Olympic contingent down under, and admittedly, "having a blast."
The hulking discus thrower arrived in Brisbane, Australia, Sept. 10 after a 35-hour flight. He spent the first few days training in Brisbane with the rest of the Canadian track and field athletes, before heading to Sydney for the opening ceremonies late last week.
"It's very nice here," he told The Daily Press via e-mail upon arrival in Brisbane. "The people are great and I am having a blast. I've been training with the whole Olympic team and meeting a lot of throwers."
Gervais' personal highlight so far was taking part in an emotional opening ceremonies last Friday. "I was a part of the opening ceremonies and they were spectacular," he said. "I actually had tears when the torch went up. I still can't believe I'm here. It seems to be a dream still to this day."
Gervais competes in his discus event next Sunday. Until then, he is being kept very busy with training and cheering on the other Canadian Olympians. "The Olympic village is just wonderful, there is so much to do. It seems there is not enough hours in the day. I go and train in the morning and afternoon and then go cheer on our other Olympians."
When he does throw next Sunday, he will have his own personal cheering section on hand - his parents, brother, uncle and grandmother left Sunday for Australia to lend Gervais some family support. Ranked 20th in the world, Gervais is hopeful of eclipsing his personal best throw of 64.26 metres and advancing into the final of the competition, which will feature the top 12 performers.
GERVAIS READY TO COMPETE IN SYDNEY
Olympian Jason Gervais is ready to take on the world. The talented discus thrower will compete Saturday evening in the preliminaries at Olympic Stadium in Sydney.
The top throwers will advance to the finals. The exact time for Gervais' appearance wasn't known at press time. However, it is believed he will compete some time between 7 and 9 p.m. local time.
There is no certainty his performance will be shown live on CBC as a number of other events are taking place at the same time. However, it is assumed the CBC will at the very least show Gervais competing later in the evening. And should the talented Timmins athlete advance to the finals, it's believed Gervais will be receiving extensive TV coverage that could be seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world.