It took less than 90 minutes for three historical throwing circles to “disappear” this sunny December morning as the first of many planned upgrades of the Terry Fox Athletics Facility in preparation for the hosting of the 2017 and 2018 Canadian National Championships.
”The competitive and training memories stored away in those circles … we really should have cut the concrete into paper weights for all the throwers,” reminisced club head coach Andy McInnis. “Built in the early 70’s and added to in the early 80’s … the memories in Ottawa, the records, the medals, the national teams made, the dreams crushed and fulfilled in this little shaded corner of our facility must be incredible.”
McInnis added, “the days of Sultana Frizell being able to launch her hammer over the throwing cage gates into stadium shot put area will be gone now. The throws officials can finally breathe easy.”
With the circles now disposed of, new long throws circles, international cages and multi-throw training areas are planned for the Terry Fox Athletic Facility this coming spring to give our coaches and athletes further opportunities to succeed and enhanced interaction.