“I felt like a champion”: Queen Charlotte Secondary athlete

  • May. 25, 2009 8:00 a.m.

Two years ago, he was disqualified as too dangerous. This year, he’s zone champion. And heading for the provincial track and field meet in a couple of weeks. That’s the story of Queen Charlotte’s Jordie Laidlaw and the hammer throw. A few years ago, the QC high school didn’t even own a hammer, so when Jordie went to the zone championships, he hadn’t had much practice. “In Grade 8, I threw 12 metres, then I got disqualified on my second throw for being too dangerous,” Jordie said. But this year was different. Very different. Jordie pretty much knew he was going to win, as he had been beating the zone record in practice since early May. “Even my bad throws were going past what the zone record was previously,” he said, “that’s when I threw my first 38 metre one.” The old record for the North West Zone (from Houston to here) was 36 metres, 78 centimetres, set in 2003. Jordie exceeded that, throwing the 8.8 pound hammer 43.1 meters, a staggering 141 feet 5 inches. That’s 10 metres over his personal best last year at the BC Summer Games. How did he feel? “Awesome. I felt like a champion, Jordie told us Monday morning. But he now has to get ready for the provincials in a couple of weeks. There, he’ll be competing in the senior division with a heavier hammer. But that shouldn’t phase him too much. To get to the provincials, Jordie had to throw the senior hammer farther in Smithers than any senior in the zone. He did that, too. Congratulations, Jordie Laidlaw!