Makayla Roy won a Bronze medal in the Midget (grade 9) girls javelin at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships held in Belleville at Centennial High School on Friday, June 2, 2017. Roy threw a huge 2.02 metre personal best of 32.11 metres (Northwestern Record) on her third throw of the competition. She was in bronze position after the first three rounds, and the top three throwers maintained their standing through the the final round of three throws. Roy had two throws over her previous personal best – and line faulted two additional 32 metre+ throws by just inches. She missed the silver medal distance of 33.04 metres (Anij Sparenberg of Parkside St. Thomas) by only 93 cm. The gold medalist Alexandria Webb of St. Benedict – Cambridge (her mother Vicki Webb was a two time Canadian champion in the late 1990’s) set a huge 4 metre personal best of 40.78 m and was within one metre of the OFSAA record.
Maykala is beyond thrilled with her OFSAA medal. We are so proud of Makayla. She has worked so hard for this moment. A fantastic week of practice along with some technical fine tuning translated into additional confidence on the javelin runway. Makayla is the first Northwestern OFSAA medalist in the javelin in school history. To win an OFSAA medal especially as a grade nine student is remarkable. In track and field (and other individual High School sports) there are no A/AA/AAA school classifications as there are in team sports. Roy truly competed against all of the best athletes in the province in her event, many of which train year round with track and field clubs. Roy entered the competition ranked fourth based upon her OFSAA Regional west results (interesting note – the top four ranked throwers in the Midget girls javelin were the four qualifiers from our OFSAA west Regional meet). OFSAA is the third largest high school track and field meet in North America (only the California and Texas state championships are larger meets). To set a personal best on the OFSAA stage speaks to Makayla’s ability to perform under immense pressure.
Roy says she is very motivated to continue training for next year in the javelin, shot put and discus. She was very close to qualifying in all three of her throwing events for OFSAA this year at the Regional meet. She would like to qualify for all three throwing events – javelin, shot put and discus next year.