Hard work yields record throw for Bernard
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
St Hugh's High's Candicea Bernard threw her way into the record books when she smashed the Class-One girls, discus mark with a heave of 46.76 metres, on the opening day of the 100th staging of the GraceKennedy/Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Boys and Girls' Championships, at the National Stadium yesterday.
Bernard totally obliterated the previous Champs record of 45.13m, which was set by Salcia Slack of Holmwood in 2008.
Bernard was naturally elated, especially after having suffered disappointment last year when she finished second to Vere Technical's Vanessa Levy.
"I am so happy because last year was disappointing as I finished second to Vanessa Levy, who finished second today," said Bernard.
"I did my homework and I came back and I came out victorious," she added.
She credited her success to hard work and said she was motivated by her desire to prove to herself that she could do it.
"It was hard work to prepare; I had to start running and lifting heavier weights so I am getting to improve. Training was very hard, seriously, but it has paid off now. I wanted to prove to myself and to others that I could do it, so that's what I came out here and did today."
She believes that this performance will now motivate the rest of her teammates.
"I think my teammates are going to be very, very encouraged because persons thought that St Hugh's were this little underdog. But we came today and we prepared and we came out victorious, so I am enjoying myself," said Bernard.
This is the 18-year-old Bernard's final year competing at Champs, but she does not plans to drop the discus as she warns that persons should look out for her at the next Olympics in 2012.
Her immediate attention will, however, be focused on the shot put and the javelin.
"I will be doing the shot put and the javelin, although the javelin is a risk but I am willing to take it if I want my school to come in the top 10," said Bernard. "I am afraid to injure my elbow but I just want to do my best for my school."