Team BC's Jessye Brockway has always loved sport, but it wasn't until 2 months ago that the young athlete from Mill Bay, BC started throwing in the para athletics program. The 20-year old thrower has since become a dual medalist, winning a bronze in both the para shot put and para discus for British Columbia.
Brockway was approached by the athletics coach at Trinity Western University after being impressed by her strength training in the weight room. She was then exposed to various athletics opportunities at the BC Wheelchair Sports Association "Have A Go" day and took a liking to throwing. From there, Brockway has been one of the fastest rising para throwing athletes. In her sport class of F58, she already holds the Canadian record in discus and won a gold medal in shot put at the 2013 Canadian National Championships. Her personal bests are 20.26m (discus), 16.0m (javelin), and 6.30m (shot put).
With only 8 weeks of training under her belt Brockway was named to the 2013 Canada Summer Games team, no small feat as a first competition for an athlete.
"My experience at the Canada Summer Games has been wonderful and the people of Sherbrooke have been amazing," says Brockway.
Jessye credits her mother Joanne as her personal mentor, "with the biggest heart who has always been there for me." On how the past few days have been Brockway simply says "Throwing has changed my life".