by Brett Bonderud
Chris Andrews’s Silver Medal in shot put in the Athletics competition on Friday morning was a pretty sweet result, considering the 15-year-old only started the sport in May.
The Revelstoke Secondary School student split a ligament in his left thumb playing volleyball in April, which forced him to leave the team. Instead of giving up on sports altogether, Andrews convinced his parents to let him try out for shot put as well as discus and hammer throw, which he won Gold in on Friday, as well.
He had two days to get ready for tryouts in Kamloops in May, and then he immediately began working out with his coach, Jeff Colvin, to prepare. Andrews practiced six hours a day, participating in two three-hour training sessions per day to help get his rythmn.
“He’s worked hard and he puts a lot of dedication in,” said Andrews’s mother, Candy.
In June, his father Ian took over coaching duties and he continued the training regime set out by Colvin. The competitive family spirit proved successful, as Chris qualified for this year’s Summer Games.
Chris’s grandfather was in the submarine service and his father and uncle served in the military. Chris said he is considering a future in the military, as well. He wants to combine law and the military by either joining the military police or the Canadian military equivalent of the judge advocate general’s office.
But for now, sport is his passion.
“My highest achievement is to become a pro athlete,” he said.
He also prefers track and field events to volleyball. “I feel that I have more potential in track than I do in volleyball,” Chris said.
He is now a part of Team BC and will compete at nationals in Prince Edward Island this August following Summer Games competition. Wherever Chris goes, his family said they will be right there with him.
“We’re there to support him all the way,” Candy said.