Nigel Nedrick dominates field events
Kingston, Jamaica : True to the series motto 'from grassroots to greatness', Petersfield High School's Nigel Nedrick made his inspirational mark in the field events at the opening meet of the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship-the County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Western Championships.
Nedrick muscled away the Class One boys' throwing hat-trick, winning the Grand Prix discus, plus the javelin and shot put to emerge the star performer of the meet with a championship high 29 points when competition came to a close on Saturday at Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall.
He hurled the discus 56.39 metres to beat teammate Daniel Cope (47.96m); threw the shot put 18.94m to beat Munro College's Daniel Delancey (16.64m); and launched the javelin 53.70m to beat schoolmate Devonery Gordon (53.32m).
Nedrick rose from very humble beginnings. He once lived in Montego Bay, but moved back to Negril - the Westmoreland end - to live with his mom and spent several years at the Clifton Home for Boys. It was his athletic talent that birthed the opportunity to attend Petersfield High where he now lives on campus at the school dorm.
In recent years, Nedrick catapulted to being not only the national champion, but national youth record holder for the javelin and shot put, with throws of 65.09m and 20.12m, respectively.
The Digicel Grand Prix Series is gives athletes and schools the opportunity to earn big bucks. The top boy and girl of the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Championship will also earn a prize trip to the World Relays in the Bahamas later this year.
Nedrick says the cash awards provide additional impetus for him to succeed.
"It's very exciting to know that winning also gives you a chance to win cash towards my schooling. For a person like me, my parents don't really have it, so for me to be putting out my talent and getting rewards for it, I'm very appreciative of what I'm doing," admitted the 19-year-old.