Exciting Week Of Competition & Awards Banquets For Local Discus Thrower

Rachel Andres from Olds has been nominated for the Athletics Alberta Senior Athlete of the Year and she is also up for a Women of Excellence award. The 32 year old thrower hopes to qualify for the 2019 Pan Am Games in Peru.

Rachel Andres from Olds is striving to make it to the 2019 Pan Am Games in Peru.

The 32 year old says the top 2 discus throwers in Canada will qualify for that prestigious international competition.

The deadline to qualify is June 17th, so Andres has one more chance to make it coming up this weekend (June 14-16) as part of a Calgary Track & Field (CALTAF) meet.

She currently sits in 3rd place with a top distance this season of 56.70 meters.

Andres says she's feeling good, and has been working on form improvements in the hopes of getting into the top 2 this week.

Andres has been nominated for the Athletics Alberta Senior Athlete of the Year. The awards night is Saturday, June 15th in Calgary.

Her nomination for the provincial athlete of the year award is based on her performances in 2018 when she was the Canadian Champion and competed on Team Canada.

Andres is also the coach of the Olds Velites club.

OHS member Haylin Eling brought back 2 silvers from the ASAA provincial meet in Calgary. Eling was second in both the shot put and the discuss throw.

Andres says they work a lot together.

Andres has been a volunteer coach with the OHS throwers for the last 6 years and wants to continue help grow the program.

Meanwhile, Andres is also nominated for a Women of Excellence Award in the Athletics category. The banquet will be in Red Deer on June 19th.


(Photo courtesy of Rachel Andres)

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